Chelsea vs Stoke: FA Cup Preview, Team News & Likely Line-Ups

Stoke City won their last meeting with Chelsea in December, but it was their first victory in 13 attempts. In among those encounters were ten Blues wins, including a 7-0 and 4-0. Mark Hughes thus achieved something predecessor Tony Pulis never did by beating his former club. Now the Potters travel to Stamford Bridge in the last tie of FA Cup fourth round weekend. Stoke reached the final in 2011, but were runners-up to Manchester City. No team in England has dominated this competition like Chelsea in recent years. They have featured in four of the last seven FA Cup finals, winning all of them. The first of those came in 2007 during Jose Mourinho's first spell as Blues boss. The Potters have lost four of their last six matches, but their single recent win came in the cup when they knocked Championship leaders Leicester City out in the last round. Chelsea meanwhile have recorded six victories in a row and suffered defeat just once since being beaten by Stoke last month.

Team News

Mourinho must choose between hat-trick hero last time out Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba to lead the Blues attack as Fernando Torres is out with a knee injury. Michael Essien (AC Milan) and Juan Mata (Manchester United) are leaving the Londoners. Fellow midfielder Josh McEachran has joined Wigan Athletic on loan. Hughes could have Potters number one Asmir Begovic back from a broken finger after six matches out. Defenders Robert Huth (knee) and Andy Wilkinson (heel) remain sidelined. Swedish frontman John Guidetti will be assessed after feeling unwell on Friday. Winger Jermaine Pennant has been released whilst target man Kenwyne Jones is close to joining Cardiff in a swap for Peter Odemwingie. Source: BBC

Likely Line-Ups

Chelsea: 23 Mark Schwarzer, 28 Cesar Azpilicueta, 24 Gary Cahill, 4 David Luiz, 3 Ashley Cole, 7 Ramires, 12 John Obi Mikel, 21 Nemanja Matic, 22 Willian, 19 Demba Ba, 17 Eden Hazard 4-3-3 Stoke: 1 Asmir Begovic, 20 Geoff Cameron, 12 Marc Wilson, 17 Ryan Shawcross, 3 Erik Pieters, 15 Steven N'Zonzi, 6 Glenn Whelan, 19 Jon Walters, 16 Charlie Adam, 11 Oussama Assaidi, 25 Peter Crouch 4-2-3-1
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