Friday, 24 January 2020

Torino v Atalanta Preview

After a disappointing defeat against Sassuolo in their last match, Torino will be looking to make amends when they face Atalanta on Saturday evening.

The Granata will be without the suspended Ola Aina and Tomas Rincon, whilst Cristian Ansaldi and Simone Zaza are still unavailable due to injury.

Atalanta are looking at making a return to the Champions League this season, but suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat against SPAL on Monday evening.

Prediction
Torino 1-3 Atalanta

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Sassuolo 2-1 Torino

Sassuolo staged a second half comeback to beat Torino 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Granata made a bright start and took the lead after twenty minutes when Tomas Rincon's low shot from outside the area was deflected into his own net by Manuel Locatelli.

Toro almost doubled their lead moments later, but Andrea Belotti's curling shot went wide of the far post. At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu made a great save to deny Francesco Caputo, although the former Empoli player probably should have scored.

On the stroke of half time, Simone Verdi had an excellent chance to score his first goal for the club - but he elected to try and volley rather than head Andrea Belotti's cross.

The home side came out at the start of the second half like a totally different team and quickly scored a deserved equaliser. Former Birmingham City winger Jeremie Boga picked up the ball, nut mugged Tomas Rincon, and then curled a sensational shot into the top corner.

Boga then turned provider fifteen minutes later as his low cross was swept home by Domenico Berardi to give Sassuolo the lead.

Substitute Vincenzo Millico came closest to scoring an equaliser for Toro, but the youngster saw his curling effort from outside the box hit the bar.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Sassuolo v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Sassuolo hoping to make it three league wins from three matches following the winter break.

Toro are boosted by the news that Lyanco, Tomas Rincon and Daniele Baselli are all included in the squad following injuries and illness. Iago Falque, who has been linked with a move away from the club is also included.

The home side come into this game in poor form, having lost their last three matches - including a heavy 3-0 defeat at Udinese in their last fixture.

Prediction
Sassuolo 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Torino 1-0 Bologna

Torino were not at their best, but managed to do enough for all three points against Bologna on Sunday evening.

Tomas Rincon missed the game due to flu, so Soualiho Meite started in midfield alongside Sasa Lukic.

Toro took the lead after just ten minutes when Andrea Belotti set up Thursday's cup hero Alex Berenguer to score.

Simone Verdi came close to scoring his first goal for the club against his former side, but his curling effort hit the post.

The away side dominated the second half, against a tired looking Torino side, and Argentine Rodrigo Palacio twice missed glorious chance where it had seemed easier to score.

However, Toro somehow held on to claim an important victory, with European qualification now looking like a possibility.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Torino v Bologna Preview

Torino will look to maintain their perfect start to 2020 when they host Bologna on Sunday afternoon at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro will be without the injured Simone Zaza, so Toro should keep the Verdi, Berenguer and Belotti trident that played against Roma last weekend.

Former Toro coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will make his first return to the Grande Torino since being diagnosed with leukemia, and is sure to receive a great reception from the Granata fans.

Prediction 
Torino 2-1 Bologna

Friday, 10 January 2020

Torino 1-1 Genoa AET - Torino win 5-3 on Penalties

Torino progressed to the quarter finals of the Coppa Italia thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Genoa on Thursday evening.

Walter Mazzarri named a strong team, with Salvatore Sirigu staying in goal, and Andrea Belotti partnering Simone Verdi up front.

However, it was the away team who took an early lead when Francesco Cassata crossed for Andrea Favilli to score from close range.

However, Toro were level moments later when Alex Berenguer crossed for Lorenzo De Silvestri to score.

Torino had their chances to win the match in normal time, but Andrei Radu made an excellent save to tip Andrea Belotti's header over the bar.

In extra time, Radu made another excellent save to deny Bremer, whilst Soualiho Meite was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

The match went to penalties and Toro converted all their five spot kicks - with Alex Berenguer winning the tie with a 'panenka'. Ivan Radovanovic was the only player to miss for Genoa.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Roma 0-2 Torino

Torino produced their best performance of the season on Sunday evening, as they began 2020 with an impressive victory at Roma.

With Cristian Ansaldi and Bremer suspended, Lorenzo De Silvestri and Koffi Djidji came into the back five.

The Granata made a great start, and captain Andrea Belotti was only denied an early goal when Pau L√≥pez made an excellent save to tip his goal bound shot onto the post.

Lorenzo De Silvestri also had a great chance for Toro, and the former Lazio man should have done better with his header when well placed.

The home side came into the game, and Torino were once again thankful for Salvatore Sirigu who made excellent saves from Aleksandar Kolarov and then Lorenzo Pellegrini.

On the stroke of half time, Toro took a deserved lead thanks to their captain who fired a powerful shot past Lopez from a difficult angle.

Toro were continuing to create chances in the second half, and for the second time in the game, Lopez had to tip a shot from Belotti onto the woodwork - this time the bar.

Roma had a number of half chances to force an equaliser, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing kept Toro ahead.

With five minutes remaining, Torino were awarded a penalty after a VAR consultation when Chris Smalling clumsily handled the ball in the area. Belotti stepped up to convert and seal an important three points.

Forza Toro