Sunday, 19 March 2017

Torino 2-2 Inter

Torino earned a deserved point in an entertaining 2-2 draw with in-form Inter on Saturday evening, although two Joe Hart errors proved costly.

Juan Iturbe was once again preferred to Iago Falque, whist Cristian Molinaro started in place of Antonio Barreca and Afriyie Acquah was given a rare start in midfield.

The away side took the lead mid-way through the first half as Joe Hart let a low shot from Geoffrey Kondogbia squirm past his right arm. However, Toro were level six minutes later when Adem Ljajic's corner was flicked on by Emiliano Moretti and Daniele Baselli headed in from five yards out.

Toro took the lead on the hour mark as a flowing counter attack was finished off by Afriyie Acquah whose sublime shot found the far corner. However, Inter would equalise moments later as Joe Hart failed to claim a cross and that allowed Antonio Candreva to volley home.

Ivan Perisic missed an excellent chance to claim all three points for the visitors in the dying seconds, but he blazed his volley over the bar. Therefore, both teams had to settle for a point which was probably a fair result as neither side deserved to be on the end of a defeat.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Torino v Inter Preview

Torino will look for a third consecutive victory at the Stadio Grande Torino when they face Inter on Saturday evening.

Leandro Castan could return to the starting eleven to try and help a Toro defence that has not kept a clean sheet since January, whilst Iago Falque will also be pushing for a recall.

Opponents Inter are in excellent form and have won four of their last five games, including a sensational 7-1 victory over Atalanta last time out.

Prediction
Torino 1-2 Inter

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lazio 3-1 Torino

Torino's poor away record continued on Monday evening as they conceded two late goals to lose 3-1 against Lazio.

The home side dominated the first half, with former Toro striker Ciro Immobile going closest but he was denied by Joe Hart.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made a rare defensive change to begin the second half, with Cristian Molinaro returning from injury to replace Daniele Baselli as the Granata changed to a more conservative formation. However, Lazio would take the lead just before the hour mark as Immobile capitalised on Emiliano Moretti's failure to clear a low cross.

Maxi Lopez came on with Torino looking to force an equaliser, and the Argentine striker provided it after being on the pitch for less than ten minutes as he headed home Juan Iturbe's free kick.

Torino were looking a threat on the counter attack, but with less than five minutes remaining, substitute Keita Baldé gave Lazio the lead thanks to an outstanding long range effort.

Felipe Anderson added a third goal in injury time with Torino chasing an equaliser, as the Granata's poor away form continued.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Lazio v Torino Preview

Torino will look to improve their horrendous away record when they travel to the capital to face Lazio on Monday night.

Toro have only won two away games all season - both against teams in the bottom three, Palermo and Crotone. Torino have not kept a clean sheet since January 8th, which could mean fit again Brazilian defenders Carlão and Leandro Castan could feature.

Lazio are still in the race for a Champions League spot and have won four of their last five Serie A games, with former Toro striker Ciro Immobile scoring in his last three appearances.

Prediction
Lazio 2-1 Torino

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Torino 3-1 Palermo

Andrea Belotti produced yet another incredible performance in what has been a remarkable personal campaign so far by scoring an eight minute hat-trick in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Palermo.

Belotti and Iago Falque both went close in the early stages, but it was the away side who took a shock lead on the counter attack through Andrea Rispoli's long range effort.

Toro were struggling to find a breakthrough against a stubborn Palermo side, and Sinisa Mihajlovic introduced Adem Ljajic, Juan Iturbe and Maxi Lopez off the bench in search of an equaliser.

With seventeen minutes remaining Belotti scored his first of the evening as he headed home from a corner. Toro then took the lead three minutes later as Adem Ljajic's excellent free kick was volleyed in by the former Palermo striker.

Things got even worse for the away side as Hungarian winger Norbert Balogh was dismissed for a second yellow card. Belotti completed his hat-trick three minutes later, as once again Belotti headed home a corner which Rosanero keeper Josip Posavec once again came for, and failed to claim.

This was an important victory for Toro against a team in the bottom three, and Andrea Belotti once again showed his importance and is now the current Serie A Capocannoniere with 22 goals.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Torino v Palermo Preview

Torino will be looking to complete their first league double of the season when they face Palermo at Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro beat the Rosanero 4-1 in Sicily back in October, and a repeat of that scoreline would certainly lift the mood in the Granata camp after a disappointing few months. Captain Marco Benassi is suspended, so Samuel Gustafson or Afriyie Acquah should deputise, whilst fit again Luca Rossettini should replace error-prone Arlind Ajeti.

Palermo currently occupy the final relegation position and are seven points away from 17th placed Empoli. Whilst form has improved under coach Diego Lopez, they have lost three of their last four away games - although they did pick up a surprise point away to Napoli in January.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Palermo

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Fiorentina 2-2 Torino

Torino fought back from 2-0 down against Fiorentina on Monday night to somehow earn themselves a point.

Arlind Ajeti returned to the centre of defence in place of Lorenzo De Silvestri, whilst Lucas Boyé was preferred to Adem Ljajic on the left wing.

Toro were behind after only eight minutes as hesitant defending allowed Riccardo Saponara to score after Joe Hart had parried Borja Valero's initial effort. An error from Ajeti put Nikola Kalinic through on goal to double the Viola's lead, but the Croatian international was denied by Hart.

Fiorentina were creating chances almost at will, and deservedly doubled their lead when Kalinic headed home Valero's corner.

Toro finally woke up with thirty minutes remaining and were awarded a penalty when Lucas Boyé was upended in the area by Carlos Salcedo. However, Toro's penalty woes continued as Andrea Belotti hit the bar with the spot kick,

Belotti would make amends three minutes later as he headed home from close range after an excellent assist from Emilano Moretti. The home side's fragile confidence was now beginning to show, and with only five minutes remaining Toro scored an equaliser as Andrea Belotti scored his second of the game after Daniele Baselli's clever assist.

Toro somehow emerged from Florence with a point despite only really turning up for the final thirty minutes, and the game should have already been beyond them by that point. Whilst the character shown to get back into the game was admirable, the performance in the first hour was certainly concerning.

Forza Toro