Chelsea On A Roll Heading Into FA Cup

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Chelsea celebrates the 2010 FA Cup victory - one of seven for the club. Image courtesy of thesun.co.uk

On the crest of wave which sees it sitting third on the EPL ladder, Chelsea is aiming for a seventh successive win in all competitions when it hosts Stoke. The Blues are coming off a 3-1 victory over Manchester United, where striker Samuel Eto’o posted a hat-trick, the first league treble at the club since Fernando Torres in April 2012. Chelsea is looking to stretch its unbeaten home record in the FA Cup in open play to 26 games. Arsenal was the last team to win at the Bridge in the quarter-finals in 2003. The run includes 21 wins and four draws, with Everton winning a fourth-round replay in 2011 on penalties. Frank Lampard is the the Pensioners’ all-time top-scorer in FA Cup games with 26 goals.

Stoke’s stats are nowhere near as impressive. The Potters have the worst away record in the Premier league, picking up just five points from 11 games and unable to find the net six times. Their only victory on the road this season was 1-0 over West Ham in August. The 2-1 FA Cup success over Leicester was Stoke’s only victory in the past six games and during that period Mark Hughes’s men have leaked 16 goals.

Chelsea though is winning on and off the pitch. The Blues have agreed to terms with FC Basel to sign Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah subject to the 21 year old agreeing to personal terms and passing a medical. If the deal worth around $19m is wrapped-up quickly, Salah could make his debut this weekend. Blues manager Jose Mourinho has been busy during the January transfer period picking up Bertrand Traore and Nemanja Matic, whilst off-loading Spaniard Juan Mata.

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