The Anorak: Stoke look strong in the cup at 5-4

STOKE City at 5-4 with Victor Chandler (or BetVictor as they have been rebranded online), can progress into the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Derby County.

Nigel Clough’s side struggle for goals and Tony Pulis fieldeD a strong team in the previous round as he bids to go one better than last season’s run to Wembley, where they had to settle for runner’s up spot to Manchester City.

Last week’s headline tip Blackpool can go in again, this time at home to weakened Sheffield Wednesday, who have former Hibs skipper Rob Jones among a host others unavailable. Ian Holloway’s side are 10-11 and can make their class count.

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Goal machine Jordan Rhodes is going nowhere according to Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark - and that spells bad news for Tranmere today. Take the Terriers at evens to continue their good run.

In tomorrow’s north-east derby, Sunderland can show the same kind of form they have produced in the Premier League since Martin O’Neill’s arrival and account for Tony Mowbray’s inconsistent Middlesbrough.

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