Chelsea are considered 1/4 favourites by Paddy Power to inflict a defeat on Stoke whilst Fulham look to stop Sheffield United in their track as the FA Cup Fourth Round continues on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea will hope that they will be able to continue on their path to Wembley as they face a tricky opponent in Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Blues have had a good record in the competition under Jose Mourinho and it showed in the last round as they managed to secure a safe 2-0 in over Derby County.
Mourinho is still expected to name a strong starting line-up for the time which is likely to include Samuel Eto’o after he scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Manchester United.
On top of that, Nemanja Matic is also expected to make his debut in the clash after rejoining the club from Benfica earlier this week as Mourinho looks to overcome the 3-2 loss that The Blues suffered earlier this season to Stoke in the league.
Stoke will be hoping to try and replicate their run that got to the final two years ago and started in a good enough fashion by beating Championship leaders Leicester 2-1 in the third round.
The Potters are going to turn to many of their experience campaigners for the tie with Peter Crouch expected to line up in attack at the expense of Kenwyne Jones.
Once again, Jack Butland is still expected to start in goal as both Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen are still struggling to recover from their injury problems.
In the other cup game on Sunday, League One side Sheffield United will look to continue their good cup run with a victory over Premier League strugglers Fulham at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield have put their stuttering league form to one side and have been impressive in the cup so far disposing of Colchester United and Cambridge United before shocking Aston Villa in a 2-1 upset in the last round.
Going into the clash, The Blades have gained two new recruits in Stefan Scougall and John Brayford and both players could make their debut on Sunday afternoon.
Fulham’s poor form in the Premier League has made them turn to the cup for some positives and it has paid dividends so far having defeated fellow relegation candidates Norwich City 3-0 in the last round.
Rene Meulensteen will most ikely rotate some of his players around to keep his squad fresh meaning that both Darren Bent and Damien Duff are likely to make starts and put their claims for a regular starting berth in the squad.
Sunday’s fixtures may not have a big headlining act but both games could see at least two more Premier League sides bite the dust for this campaign as the competition starts to hot up in the FA Cup.
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