The highly-charged atmosphere at tomorrow’s West London derby between Chelsea and QPR has risen a few notches as both John Terry and Ashley Cole could start for the Blues. Officials are holding talks to ease tensions before the pair clash tomorrow at Loftus Road. QPR players have indicated they won’t shake Terry’s or Cole’s hand in the traditional pre-game routine in protest at the latter’s testimony for Terry at his racial abuse trial in the summer involving QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Fiorentina have denied that Manchester City are in pole position to sign star striker Steven Jovetic (22) after his proposed transfer to the Etihad fell through in the summer. Juventus are also interested in signing the Montenegrin international who Fiorentina admit will be sold eventually.
Michael Owen believes he should have moved from United ‘a year earlier’ and is glad to be playing football again at Stoke. No news yet if he’s asked Tony Pulis if he can sit out the first half to catch his horse Black Panther’s run in the Irish St Leger on Saturday.
There’s Championship action tonight as Gus Poyet’s in form Brighton take on Sheffield Wednesday (7.45) with the Seagulls trading at slight 10/11 favourites while Charlton and Crystal Palace kick off at the same time with the home side expected to edge it.
The Green Bay Packers steamrolled the Chicago Bears 23-10 last night with Bear’s quarter back Jay Cutler being ‘sacked’ (seven) more times than a Premier League manager. Green Bay packed defence and also intercepted four Cutler throws in a night the Bears will want to forget.
The action continues on Sunday with 10 matches and if Pierre Thomas, Steven Jackson or Calvin Johnson score the last touchdown in any of their games, Paddy Power will refund losing match handicap bets on that game.
Saddler’s Rock heads the field in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup (2.20) this afternoon on day three of the four-day St Leger festival. John Oxx’s charge was an impressive winner of the Goodwood Cup last month before disappointing at York. Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision finished third behind Saddler’s Rock at Goodwood and re-opposes again today.
Meanwhile, if your selection finishes second to Sir Graham Wade in the 1.50 at Doncaster, Paddy Power will refund your losing single stake.