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Chelsea vs Stoke: FA Cup preview

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Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in this weekend's final FA Cup game on Sunday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho's side go into the game unbeaten in 30 of their last 31 FA Cup matches as well as being unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions including their 2-0 away win over Hull in the third round of this competition. On Sunday Mourinho notched up his 100th league win with Chelsea achieving the landmark in just 142 games, the fewest in Premier League history.

Stoke on the other hand have been very inconsistent this season, following their 2-1 win over Leicester City in the third round of the cup, The Potters have lost League games to Liverpool and Crystal Palace but did manage to pick up their first ever Premier League game over The Blues just over a month ago when Oussama Assaidi scored the winning goal in the 90th minute and Stoke ran out 3-2 winners.

Team News

Asmir Begovic could be a surprise inclusion into the Stoke squad for their trip to London after coming back to full training this week and John Guidetti could make his first start for The Potters since his loan move from Man City last week.

Meanwhile Chelsea could rest some of their key players for the all Premier League tie as they will have one eye on Man City next weekend.

Stats

The Blues have won their last six at Stamford Bridge against the Potters, keeping a clean sheet in their last five.

Stoke have scored once in their last five games on the road.

It is 11 years since Chelsea lost a home FA Cup tie in open play.

Stoke and Chelsea met in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge back in 2010 where Chelsea walked out 2-0 winners.

Prediction

Chelsea have found form since their loss to Stoke just over a month ago and The Blues could be out for revenge, Stoke are no longer the team that will sit back and defend, they are a team that will attack and probably score a few goals but you have to feel Chelsea's defence could prove to much for The Potters and Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba could be to much for the defensive pairing of Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross.

Chelsea 2-2 Stoke to force the tie into a replay at the Britannia Stadium.

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