Sunday, 20 August 2017

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino will begin the 2017/18 Serie A season with a trip to Bologna, hoping to start the new campaign with a victory.

Toro have managed to keep hold of prized asset Andrea Belotti, whilst new signings Salvatore Sirigu, Nicolas N'Koulou and Alex Berenguer should all start.

However, the Granata have not kept a clean sheet since January 8th and lost this fixture last season 2-0 - albeit without the suspended Belotti.

Bologna have already been eliminated from the Coppa Italia after an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Cittadella after former Toro winger was sent off after only five minutes.

Prediction
Bologna 1-2 Torino

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Torino 7-1 Trapani

Torino made a stunning start to the new season with a thumping 7-1 victory against Serie C side Trapani on Friday evening to progress to the next round of the Coppa Italia.

Siniša Mihajlović chose to line up with arguably his strongest available eleven as Salvatore Sirigu, Nicolas N'Koulou and Alex Berenguer all made debuts.

Toro were ahead after only thirteen minutes as Adem Ljajic's excellent through ball found Andrea Belotti, and il Gallo slid the ball past Richard Marcone to open his account for the season.

However, Trapani were surprisingly level five minutes later when defender Pasquale Fazio headed home at the near post from a corner. However, Fazio then diverted Belotti's cross into his own net as Toro quickly regained the lead.

Spanish winger Alex Berenguer scored a debut goal after rounding the keeper, whilst Belotti and Joel Obi both scored before the break to give Toro a 5-1 half time lead.

Iago Falque volleyed home a lovely Adem Ljajic assist to score a sixth, whilst substitute Lorenzo De Silvestri scored from an acute angle in the closing minutes to give Toro the perfect start to the new campaign.

Forza Toro

Monday, 29 May 2017

Torino 5-3 Sassuolo

Torino's final 90 minutes of the 2016/17 Serie A season was an entertaining encounter which typified their campaign as a whole as they beat Sassuolo 5-3 at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro took the lead with only six minutes on the clock as Lucas Boyé collected the ball on the left wing before beating his man and curling an inch-perfect shot into the far corner to score his first Serie A goal.

However,  Sassuolo were level less than ten minutes later, as despite Joe Hart's excellent save from Stefano Sensi, Gregoire Defrel was on hand to score. That goal would mean that Hart would not end his Toro career with a clean sheet - and that the Granata would fail to keep a clean sheet in the entire second half of the season.

Toro regained the lead when Andrea Belotti's exquisite assist gave Daniele Baselli the freedom of the Stadio Grande Torino to pick his spot and score.

Defrel grabbed his second equaliser of the game when he converted Matteo Politano's inadvertent pass and fired passed Joe Hart. Torino re-gained the lead on the stroke of half time when Lorenzo De Silvestri scored his first goal for the club after finishing a move that he started.

Iago Falque added a fourth for Toro after capitalising on a heavy touch from his own team mate Andrea Belotti which then presented the ball on a plate for the former Roma winger. However, Belotti would have a much deserved goal of his own to celebrate as he fired past Gianluca Pegolo to add a fifth.

Gregoire Defrel was able to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot after substitute Juan Iturbe upended Pol Lirola.

Toro ended what has been a mixed campaign on a high with and entertaining final game which secured a 9th placed finish in Sinisa Mihajlovic's debut season.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Torino v Sassuolo Preview

Torino will conclude their 2016/17  Serie A season with a home fixture against Sassuolo at the Stadio. Grande Torino on Sunday evening.

The Granata will either finish 9th or 10th in Sinisa Mihajlovic's debut season, a campaign which promised much initially,  but an inability to keep clean sheets ruined Toro's hopes of European qualification. In fact, Toro's last clean sheet was actually against Sassuolo back in January.

Adem Ljajic is suspended so Toro may revert back to a 4-3-3 formation, whilst Joe Hart will almost certainly be playing his last game for the club as his loan deal expires at the end of this game.

Sassuolo have won three of their last five games and are looking for a top 10 finish for a second consecutive season.

Prediction
Torino 2-2 Sassuolo

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Genoa 2-1 Torino

Torino fell to a second successive Serie A defeat after a 2-1 defeat against lowly Genoa on Sunday afternoon.

The home side started the brighter, as they knew that a victory could secure their Serie A status and took the lead just after the half hour mark when Luca Rigoni turned in a free kick from close range.

Toro were struggling to create chances against their more motivated hosts, who doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half when Giovanni Simeone was on hand to score after Joe Hart parried Darko Lazovic's initial shot.

Toro did get a goal back in the dying minutes when Adem Ljajic's free kick deflected off the wall and into the net - but there was to be no way back for the Granata.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Genoa for their last away game of the season on Sunday afternoon looking for redemption after last weekend's embarrassing home defeat.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has said that he demands a reaction from his players following their 5-0 home defeat against Napoli, and the team have been in ritiro in order to prepare for this match.

Andrea Belotti is still in the hunt for the Capocannoniere, but is three goals behind Edin Dzeko who has 28 goals for the campaign.

Genoa are only two points above the relegation zone and are desperate for a victory in order to maintain their Serie A status for next season.

Prediction
Genoa 2-2 Torino

Monday, 15 May 2017

Torino 0-5 Napoli

Torino lost only their second home game of the season as they fell to an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday afternoon.

Carlão and Marco Benassi came into the starting eleven to replace the suspended Emiliano Moretti and Afriyie Acquah but made the worst possible start.

After only seven minutes, José Callejón fired the away side into the lead as he slid the ball past Joe Hart from an acute angle.

Toro were struggling to create clear cut chances, but in the early stages of the second half, Lucas Boyé almost scored his first Serie A goal but curled his shot narrowly wide.

The Granata were made to pay for that miss, as Lorenzo Insigne doubled Napoli's lead following Dries Mertens' assist. The Belgian then scored a goal of his own as he beat Joe Hart at his near post with a fierce shot.

Quick fire goals from José Callejón and Piotr Zielinski followed as Torino were dealt a heavy defeat in their penultimate home game of the season.

Forza Toro