LONDON (Sporting Alert) — New transfer signing Nemanja Matic has been named in the starting line-up for Chelsea FC for today’s FA Cup 4th round clash with Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.
Matic, who made his debut off the bench in the Premier League win over Manchester United last weekend, starts this time out and plans alongside Frank Lampard who also returns in the midfield.
Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Ashley Cole are all in the backline, while Samuel Eto’o, who netted a hat-trick in his last outing leads the front line again with Fernando Torres out.
Andre Schurrle also starts, with Willian, John Terry, Petr Cech and Ramires all on the bench.
For Stoke City, on loan Manchester City forward John Guidetti is on the bench, with Charlie Adam, Glenn Whelan and Oussama Assaidi.
Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Stephen Ireland and Geoff Cameron and Ryan Shawcross all start for the visitors.
Chelsea v Stoke City
Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Lampard, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle, Eto’o
Subs: Cech, Ramires, Mikel, Ba, Willian, Terry, Azpilicueta
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Pieters, Wilson, Palacios, Nzonzi, Walters, Ireland, Arnautovic, Crouch
Subs: Muniesa, Whelan, Adam, Guidetti, Assaidi, Sorensen, Shotton
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)