MX23RW : Monday, July 23 00:32:08
Jan 26, 2014 at 3.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
1-0
StokeStoke City
Oscar (27')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Cameron (31'), Wilson (45'), Pieters (82')

Preview: Chelsea vs. Stoke City

Sports Mole previews the FA Cup fourth-round fixture between Chelsea and Stoke City.

Chelsea host Stoke City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday hoping to extend their run of successive wins to seven games.

The Blues are currently enjoying their most profitable spell of the season, and confidence is on the up at Stamford Bridge after a 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Samuel Eto'o should keep his place after scoring a hat-trick last weekend, while Nemanja Matic could be handed his first start since returning to the club from Benfica.

Stoke have been inconsistent in recent weeks, but they did defeat Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the campaign.

Manager Mark Hughes is likely to name a strong lineup, with Peter Crouch likely to retain his place in attack after the disciplinary issues concerning Kenwyne Jones.

Recent form

Chelsea: WWWWWW

Stoke City: LLDWLL

Possible starting lineups

Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cole, Cahill, David Luiz; Matic, Willian, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle; Eto'o

Stoke City: Butland; Cameron, Pieters, Shawcross, Wilson; N'Zonzi, Walters, Ireland, Adam, Assaidi; Crouch

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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