CONFIRMED: Chelsea & Stoke City line-ups – Matic starts

Stamford Bridge Inside

Here is how Chelsea and Stoke City will line-up for this afternoon’s match at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea starting XI: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Matic, Lampard, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o

Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Ba

Stoke City starting XI: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, N'Zonzi, Ireland, Palacios, Arnautovic, Crouch

Subs: Sorenson, Muniesa, Shotton, Whelan, Adam, Assaidi, Guidetti

Chelsea have won the FA Cup seven times and will be hoping to make it eight with another successful campaign this time out.

Jose Mourinho will certainly want to get his hands on another trophy as soon as possible, to lay down a marker for his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

But Stoke City reached the final as recently as 2011, and in Mark Hughes, they have a manager who knows extremely well the feeling of a successful cup run.

Chelsea are without the injured Fernando Torres, while Robert Huth and Andy Wilkinson are injured and will not feature for the visitors.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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