FA Cup briefing

  • Last Updated: January 26 2014, 14:24 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for Sunday's action in the FA Cup fourth round.

Fernando Torres: Ruled out for Chelsea
Fernando Torres: Ruled out for Chelsea

Sunday, January 26

Sheffield United v Fulham

Sheffield United will be without ineligible trio Billy Paynter, Elliott Whitehouse and Callum McFadzean. On-loan striker Paynter played for parent club Doncaster in the third round, while Whitehouse (York) and McFadzean (Chesterfield) were involved in earlier rounds when on loan at other clubs. Chris Porter and Shaun Miller are vying for a place up front alongside Jose Baxter in Paynter's absence.

Fulham are expected to make several changes, with a game coming up on Tuesday against fellow relegation candidates Swansea. So players like Elsad Zverotic, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Aaron Hughes could get a run-out at Bramall Lane. The only injury doubt for the Cottagers is defender Fernando Amorebieta, who has a knee problem.

Top scorers: Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd) 6; Steve Sidwell (Fulham) 6

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

Our verdict: Sheffield United 1 Fulham 1

Chelsea v Stoke

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is out with a knee injury so Demba Ba could get his chance. Mohamed Salah's transfer from Basle is yet to be concluded and Michael Essien could feature, even though he has been told he is permitted to leave this month.

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could make his return to action after being sidelined for six matches by a broken finger. Kenwyne Jones, who was not considered for selection last time out as a result of his refusal to play in the game before that, may also be back in the squad. On-loan forward John Guidetti will be assessed having felt ill on Friday, while Robert Huth (knee), Andy Wilkinson (heel) and Matthew Etherington (calf) remain unavailable.

Top scorers (all competitions): Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 11; Peter Crouch & Charlie Adam (Stoke) 6

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Our verdict: Chelsea 3 Stoke 0


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