Stoke City's FA Cup record is excellent and they will avoid the upset which saw the two favourites exit the competition at the weekend when they clash with Rochdale at Spotland tonight.
This season’s FA Cup fourth round has had much in the way of shock value, Chelsea losing in dramatic fashion to League One side Bradford City, Man City suffering defeat to Championship side Middlesbrough and Manchester United failing to find a way past League Two side Cambridge United.
Spurs, Southampton and Swansea also exited the competition on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool struggling to overcome Bolton Wanderers and earning a replay at Anfield.
Sunday afternoon saw normality return with Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham all proceed through to the fifth round and Stoke look set to join them with a win against a team some 39 league places below them.
Potters boss Mark Hughes takes all competitions seriously and we should see a thorough display by the visitors this evening. Indeed, we are somewhat surprised that the Potters are priced as generously as 4/6 with Ladbrokes, odds which we’ll certainly be grabbing.
Rochdale have stumbled to the fourth round, courtesy of replays against Northampton Town and also relegation bound Conference side Aldershot. They squeezed past an out-of-form Nottingham Forest side and will struggle against a Potters side who have lost just one match from their last six outings.
Indeed, the Spotland outfit have lost three of their last five matches with just four wins in thirteen and as such, they will be in rather low spirits coming into this match.
The man to watch as far as the Potters are concerned must be Jonathan Walters, the forward/winger. Walters has scored six this season so far and he will be eager to add to his tally at Rochdale tonight at odds of 23/10 with Paddy Power.
Our betting tips
Stoke City to win-to-nil – Bet365 7/4
Anytime Goalscorer, Jonathan Walters – Paddy Power 23/10