Matic is in the lineup for the clash with the Potters.
It’s an all Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fifth round as Chelsea host Stoke City and hand a first start to new signing Nemanja Matic.
The Serbia international will lineup alongside Frank Lampard in central midfield after a £20.75m move from Benfica in this January transfer window.
Team to face Stoke: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Matic, Lampard (c); Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o. #CFC
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It’s also an opportunity for Ashley Cole and Andre Schurrle to impress manager Jose Mourinho as the duo are given rare starts by the 51-year-old.
Stoke have also fielded a strong side as they bid to make a success of their season in the oldest cup competition in the world.
Stoke City team v Chelsea: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Ireland, Palacios, Arnautovic; Crouch #ComeOnStoke
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 26, 2014
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