Friday, 16 March 2018

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will try and end a run of three successive defeats when they face Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon.

Toro had an improved performance in their last match against Roma, particularly in the first half, but were disappointing after conceding the first goal.

M'Baye Niang could return to the starting eleven, whilst Nicolas Burdisso has returned from suspension.

This fixture is bound to be an emotional affair, following the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori only two weeks ago. Fiorentina come into this match in good form, having won three of their last five games, including a narrow 1-0 victory over Benevento last weekend.

Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Monday, 12 March 2018

Roma 3-0 Torino

Torino lost a third successive game as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Champions League contenders Roma on Friday night.

Alex Berenguer and Daniele Baselli both came into the starting eleven, in place of M'Baye Niang and Joel Obi.

Toro were the better side in the first half, and Roma keeper Alisson had to make a great save to tip Iago Falque's low shot round the post. Falque then turned provided as his excellent cross found Andrea Belotti, he somehow blazed the ball over the bar.

The Granata were continuing to create chances, as they recovered the ball inside the Roma half and Afriyie Acquah forced another save out of Alisson.

Roma took the lead ten minutes into the second half as Kostas Manolas headed home Alessandro Florenzi's excellent cross. Toro struggled to react after going a goal behind, and with less than twenty minutes remaining, Roma doubled their lead as Daniele De Rossi reacted quickest as Toro failed to clear a free kick.

In injury time, Roma added a third goal through substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini which was harsh on Toro, especially considering their promising first half performance.

Forza Toro

Friday, 9 March 2018

Roma v Torino Preview

Torino will look to win at the Stadio Olimpico for the third time this season as they face Roma on Friday evening.

Toro have already knocked Roma out of the Coppa Italia, whilst they also shocked city rivals Lazio 3-1 in the same stadium after Ciro Immobile received a first half red card.

The Granata have not played for a fortnight after their home match against Crotone was postponed following the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

Roma come into this match in good form,  after beating league leaders Napoli 4-2 at the San Paolo last Saturday - although Edin Dzeko is suspended for this game.

Roma 2-2 Torino

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hellas Verona 2-1 Torino

Torino fell to a second successive defeat as they lost to relegation threatened Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon.

M'Baye Niang returned to the starting eleven, whilst Afriyie Acquah was preferred to Daniele Baselli in midfield.

Toro made a poor start and were behind after only twelve minutes as Mattia Valoti headed home from a corner. The Granata failed to have a shot on target in the first half, with only Niang and captain Andrea Belotti even having half chances.

Toro were level four minutes into the second half as a rapid counter attack involving the front three culminated in Niang firing past Nicolas in the Hellas Verona goal.

Nicolas N'Koulou had a great chance to give Toro the lead, but the defender blazed the ball over the bar when well placed. Somewhat against the run of play, Hellas took the lead with thirteen minutes left, as Mattia Valoti scored his second of the game, reacting quickest after Salvatore Sirigu parried Bruno Petkovic's initial effort.

Toro could not find a equaliser so fell to a second successive defeat, and with Sampdoria and AC Milan both winning, the Granata are now eight points away from the Europa League places.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Hellas Verona v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Verona on Sunday afternoon aiming to get back to winning ways after a disappointing performance in the Derby Della Mole last weekend.

Toro will be without Cristian Molinaro who suffered an injury in training this week, so Antonio Barreca could return to the starting eleven. Brazilian defender Lyanco has also returned to the squad after his own injury problems.

Hellas Verona are currently in the bottom three and are desperate for points having lost 7 of their last 8 matches. However, Hellas did pick up a surprise 4-1 away victory at Fiorentina last month.

In the reverse fixture back in October, Toro threw away a two goal lead in the dying minutes to draw 2-2, so the Granata must be wary.

Hellas Verona 1-2 Torino

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Torino 0-1 Juventus

Torino's miserable Derby Della Mole record continued on Sunday afternoon as the Granata fell to a 1-0 defeat.

As expected, Walter Mazzarri chose to reinforce the midfield with Cristian Ansaldi coming into a 4-1-4-1 formation, and M'Baye Niang dropping to the bench.

The away side were dealt an early blow when Gonzalo Higuain was forced off the field with an injury after an innocuous clash with Salvatore Sirigu.

At the other end, Toro were struggling to create clear cut chances, but Andrea Belotti and Lorenzo De Silvestri did have half chances. Just after the half hour mark, Juventus did take the lead as Federico Bernardeschi crossed for Alex Sandro to convert.

In the second half, substitute Paulo Dybala should have doubled Juventus' lead on two occasions, but the Argentine striker clipped his shot wide of the target and then blazed over the crossbar when well placed.

Toro were once again unable to seriously test the Juventus backline, and whilst Iago Falque did manage a shot on target, it was easily saved by Wojciech Szczęsny as Torino were defeated by their rivals once again.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Torino v Juventus Preview

Torino will host neighbours Juventus in the Derby Della Mole hoping for only a second derby victory since 1995.

Toro's last win in this fixture came just under three years ago as the Granata came from behind to win thanks to goals from Matteo Darmian and Fabio Quagliarella. However, Torino did come close to beating Juve away from home last season, although were denied by Gonzalo Higuian's late equaliser.

Walter Mazzarri is expected to utilise a 4-3-1-2 formation like he did to good effect against Sampdoria a fortnight ago, and that may mean that M'Baye Niang drops to the bench.

Juventus are in imperious domestic form, having won eight consecutive games, and have kept clean sheets in their last five Serie A matches. However, Tuesday's Champions League game against Tottenham showed that Juve can be vulnerable, as 'The Old Lady' threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.

Forza Toro