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Expect hardcore action on red-hot Monday

ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill is something of a lower-league legend and he will surely love his moment in the spotlight when the Spotland side welcome Premier League side Stoke to their unglamorous League One surroundings.

Hill loves a sound bite with none better than this gem in 2007 after a defeat to Stockport: "You can compare us at the moment to a bit of soft porn - there is an awful lot of foreplay and not a lot going on in the box."
There's a lot more going on in the box these days with Matty Done scoring loads of goals this season. Not bad for a midfielder who Hill turned into a forward when the club was struggling earlier in the campaign.

Rochdale have already caused one upset with a win over Nottingham Forest in round three and some of the pampered Premier League players may not enjoy a trip to Spotland but Stoke are not exactly a side full of fancy Dans.

Okay they've got fancy Bojan - and Rochdale is along way from Barcelona - but Stoke also have players in their squad who will happily grind it out so the Bunter pounds will be on a narrow 1-0 win.

There's also a good bet to be had in Italy where Napoli have the potential to run riot against Genoa with the favourites worth backing to be leading at half-time and full-time.

If watching Rochdale is like soft porn the hardcore stuff can be found in Serie A.

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Rochdale v Stoke

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Expert verdict
Nottingham Forest and Leeds have both suffered humbling FA Cup exits at Spotland in the last two seasons and Rochdale could also give Stoke a fright. After a minor wobble, Dale have rediscovered their form, winning three successive matches, and they have the quality to get on the scoresheet which could be enough to force a replay.