London: Two months after facing each other in court, John Terry and Anton Ferdinand are set to meet again on the pitch as EPL leader Chelsea visit fierce local rival QPR in the weekend’s standout match.
In a case that highlighted the foul language used in football, Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand in last season’s corresponding match between the west London clubs in October.
Terry, the Chelsea and England defender, is awaiting the outcome of an FA charge relating to the same case and all eyes will be on the traditional pre-match handshake on Saturday between the teams, which was scrapped on two occasions last season on legal advice.
After securing an emotional, long-awaited triumph off the pitch this week, Liverpool need a victory against Sunderland on Saturday to revive their fortunes following their worst start to a season in 50 years.
Manchester City is one of three teams to lie two points behind early leader Chelsea, and could be boosted by the return of leading striker Sergio Aguero for Saturday’s trip to Stoke.
If Aguero is declared fit after nearly a month out with a knee injury, he could join in-form Carlos Tevez.