Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Torino v Wolves Preview

Torino host Wolves on Thursday evening in the first leg of their crucial Europa League playoff round tie.

Toro have an almost full strength squad at their disposal, however Lyanco and Iago Falque are missing through injury. Walter Mazzarri may choose to reinforce the midfield against their English opponents, so Tomas Rincon, Daniele Baselli and Soualiho Meite could all feature.

Wolves played Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday evening, and an improved second half performance meant they picked up an impressive 1-1 draw. Wolves coach Nuno EspĂ­rito Santo does not tend to rotate his preferred starting eleven that often, so an unchanged team is perhaps likely.

Prediction
Torino 0-0 Wolves

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1-1 Torino

Torino could only manage a 1-1 draw in Belarus against Shakhtyor Soligorsk, however, the Granata still progressed to the next round of the Europa League 6-1 on aggregate.

Walter Mazzarri rotated his team as Kevin Bonifazi, Tomas Rincon and Sasa Lukic all came into the starting eleven from the first leg.

The home side started well, and Max Ebong Ngome came close to opening the scoring and was unlucky to see his effort come back off the crossbar.

Toro started to create more chances in the second half, as both Simone Zaza and Lorenzo De Silvestri went close. With ten minutes remaining, Torino opened the scoring with a sensational solo effort from Zaza, who picked the ball and navigated past two challenges before finishing well in the bottom corner.

However, in injury time Shakhtyor were awarded a penalty when substitute Nikolai Yanush was upended in the area by Salvatore Sirigu. Yanush emphatically converted the penalty to give the Belarusian side the goal they ultimately deserved on the night, but it was Toro who progressed to the Playoff Round.

Torino will now face a tough tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with a place in the Europa League group stage at stake.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Shakhtyor Soligorsk v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Belarus for the second leg of their Europa League tie with Shakhtyor Soligorsk on Thursday evening.

The Granata may choose to rest a few key players given their 5-0 advantage from the first leg, so Kevin Bonifazi, Tomas Rincon and Sasa Lukic could feature.

The home side may have lost convincingly in Turin, but that did not seem to bother Shakhtyor domestically as they beat Neman Grodno 6-0 at the weekend.

Prediction
Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Torino 5-0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Torino produced an impressive European performance as they thrashed their Belarusian counterparts Shakhtyor Soligorsk 5-0 at the Stadio Grande Torino on Thursday night.

The Granata made a dream start when Andrea Belotti headed home with just sixty seven seconds on the clock.

Toro then doubled their lead thanks to another set piece, this time it was Armando Izzo who was able to nod in at the far post. The away side should have pulled a goal back ten minutes before half time after a nicely worked move, however Pavel Rybak somehow chipped over the bar when well placed.

Rybak's night went from bad to worse as he conceded a penalty after fouling Alex Berenguer in the area, and Andrea Belotti made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-0.

Lorenzo De Silvestri added a fortuitous fourth goal after an attempted clearance by a defender ricocheted off the wing back and into the net. Substitute Kevin Bonifazi added a fifth goal after Andrea Belotti's free kick could only be parried by the goalkeeper.

The result was harsh on the visitors who did have their chances, but Toro will travel to Belarus with a healthy first leg advantage.

Forza Toro




Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Torino v Shakhtyor Soligorsk Preview

Torino host Belarusian side Shakhtyor Soligorsk on Thursday evening in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Walter Mazzarri is not expected to make many changes from the side that beat Debrecen 7-1 on aggregate in the previous round, especially as Iago Falque is still unavailable.

The Belarusian side are currently mid-way through their league season, and are currently third after fourteen matches. There will be a familiar face in the Shakhtyor team, as Ukrainian defender Vasyl Pryima is a former Toro player, but only made one appearance, with that coming in a Coppa Italia tie.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Monday, 5 August 2019

Debrecen 1-4 Torino

Torino qualified for the third qualifying round of the Europa League after a comfortable victory in Hungary secured a 7-1 aggregate victory.

Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza had both had good opportunities to give Toro the lead before the latter finally opened the scoring with a nicely taken left footed finish.

The Granata then doubled their lead just five minutes later when Armando Izzo tapped home at the far post.

Simone Zaza almost added a sensational third goal, but his chipped effort from almost 40 yards went just wide of the post.

The home side pulled a goal back just after the break when Nigerian striker Haruna Garba headed home from close range.

However, the Granata restored their two goal lead on the night after great interplay by Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti allowed the Toro captain to score.

Torino added a fourth goal in injury time, with youngster Vincenzo Millico coming off the bench to score his first senior goal with a looping header.

Toro will now face Belarusian side Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the next round.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Debrecen v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Debrecen on Thursday evening. confident of making it through to the next round of the Europa League.

The Granata produced a professional performance a week ago with a 3-0 1st leg victory, but will be without Iago Falque for the return leg. Simone Zaza, a goalscoring substitute in the win last week is the most likely candidate to replace the Spaniard.

Should the Granata emerge victorious, they will face the winners of the tie between Esbjerg and Shakhtyor Soligorsk. The Belarusian side are 2-0 up from the first leg.

Prediction
Debrecen 1-2 Torino