Rochdale vs Stoke – Match preview and team news

A gripping weekend of FA Cup fourth round action comes to an end on Monday evening at Spotland as League One Rochdale face Stoke City.

In his second spell in charge, Keith Hill has worked his magic again at Rochdale, guiding them to promotion last season and seeing them to the League One play-off places with over half the season played thanks to some free-flowing football and a real cutting edge in front of goal.

The Greater Manchester club upset Nottingham Forest in the last round and so will be confident here. They score plenty of goals and have an array of attacking options including the experienced though skilful Ian Henderson and Matt Done, who seems to be at the peak of his powers.

So Stoke will be wary, but not intimidated. They will be aware that a number of shocks were caused over the weekend and will be keen to avoid going the same way as some of their Premier League rivals, and as a mid-table side with no relegation fears, they could see this as an opportunity for silverware.

More urgency is required from the Potters here than what they showed in the last round against non-league Wrexham, but they come into this in decent form overall, having won impressively away to Leicester City last time out.

Hill is unlikely to be in the Rochdale dugout due to illness, but in terms of his players, tall forward Peter Vincento is doubtful with a knee problem. Stoke are likely to be without captain Ryan Shawcross and Jonathan Walters.

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