"I actually was thinking about it myself, that my first City and Chelsea goals were in the FA Cup," he told the official Chelsea website. "Hopefully it becomes one of those competitions for me where I do score a lot of goals in it, but it doesn't matter what the competition is or who scores as long as the team is winning games and progressing."
Standing between Chelsea and a fifth round place are Preston North End, the championship strugglers who have just appointed Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United boss Sir Alex, as manager. There will be no prizes for guessing who the headline writers will be backing.
"People might think that an upset is on the cards, but we can beat anybody and they'll be more worried about us," Sturridge said. "If we play our game I don't think anyone in the world can live with us.
"It's about us making sure we play our game, the Chelsea way, and not worrying about anything other than what we can show the fans and the opposition."