Rochdale vs Stoke City: FA Cup Fourth Round

Stoke City travel to Spotland to face Rochdale in their FA Cup clash in-front of the television cameras hoping for a upset on Monday night.

The Potters have travelled back from a week of warm weather training in Dubai, as they did at this time last year, before facing League One opposition.

Captain Ryan Shawcross, who missed the victory against Leicester, hasn’t trained this week and is a major doubt for Mark Hughes.

Photo by Gary Louth: Ground staff battle snow to get Spotland ready for FA Cup tie.

Photo by Gary Louth: Ground staff battle snow to get Spotland ready for FA Cup tie.

Hughes said told the club website: “Ryan didn’t train with the group out in Dubai because of the injury so we will have to see how he is over the next day or two.

“He put a good amount of work in with the physios out there, and that has benefitted him I would suggest.

“He is getting better, so we will see whether to include him in the group when they are all back in on Saturday morning.”

Jon Walters is another doubt for Stoke who are expected to ring the changes with Hughes admitting he will make some, but still field a side strong enough to win the tie without the need for a replay.

Keith Hill praised Stoke claiming they are the benchmark for Football League clubs on how to progress in the Premier League.

He will be hoping the Dale can carry their good FA Cup form and league form into this tie, like they did on penalties when the sides last met in the League Cup in 2007.

Midfielder Matt Done has scored 14 goals this season, including two hat-tricks, is likely to start and former Stoke player Matthew Lund could feature.

The hosts should have a full squad to choose from with no new injuries and no suspensions.


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