Monday, 8 February 2016

Torino 1-2 Chievo

Torino's poor recent form continued with a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Chievo on Sunday afternoon.

Ciro Immobile returned to the starting eleven, whilst there were also starts for Bruno Peres, Danilo Avelar and Joel Obi.

Marco Benassi tried his luck from long distance in the early stages, but his effort was tipped over the bar by Andrea Seculin.

However Toro were ahead moments later when Ciro Immobile's left wing cross was finished exquisitely by Benassi's powerful side-foot finish.

Ciro Immobile had a great chance to double Torino's lead, but he blazed the ball over the bar following Dario Dainelli's poor clearance.

And the Granata were made to pay for that miss as Bruno Peres turned the ball into his own net ten minutes before half time.

At the beginning of the second half, Roberto Inglese's ambitious volley from a difficult angle forced a save from Daniele Padelli.

With twenty minutes remaining, Chievo were awarded a penalty when Danilo Avelar was penalised for a trip on Lucas Castro. Former Toro player Valter Birsa sent Daniele Padelli the wrong way to give Chievo the lead.

Ciro Immobile had Toro's best chance to earn a point for Toro, but his effort hit the side netting as they slipped to yet another home defeat.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Torino v Chievo Preview

With only one win in their last nine matches, Torino will be looking to improve that statistic when they host Chievo on Sunday afternoon.

Toro will be without the suspended Daniele Baselli, whilst Afriyie Acquah and Josef Martinez will both miss out due to injury. 

Despite making a bright start to the season, Chievo have struggled in recent weeks and have lost their last three matches.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 Chievo

Sampdoria 2-2 Torino

Andrea Belotti scored with the last kick of the game as Torino twice came from behind to earn a deserved point in Genoa.

Giampiero Ventura surprised many by leaving Bruno Peres and Ciro Immobile on the bench, with Davide Zappacosta and Josef Martinez being preferred.

Venezuelan striker Martinez almost made amends for his late miss against Hellas Verona as his ambitious 30 yard effort had to be turned round the post by Emiliano Viviano.

Afriyie Acquah had Toro's next opportunity as the Ghanaian won the ball on half way before driving forward and forcing a save from Viviano, although a pass to the unmarked Andrea Belotti was perhaps the better option.

The home side took the lead against the run of play twenty minutes into the second half when Toro switched off after a corner, and Luis Muriel headed home Dodo's cross.

Toro responded immediately, as substitute Ciro Immobile's ran down the left wing and produced a low cross which was turned in by Andrea Belotti. Immobile then missed a one one chance himself moments later, but the former Dortmund man failed in his attempt to round Viviano.

With only six minutes remaining, the home side thought they had earned all three points when Roberto Soriano scored a lovely curling effort from just outside the area.

However, in the dying seconds, Ciro Immobile was once again the provider as his cross was headed home by Belotti to cue wild celebrations from the travelling support.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Torino will look to win their first away game since November when they face struggling Sampdoria on Wednesday night.

The Granata will be able to recall Kamil Glik and Giuseppe Vives who were both suspended against Hellas, whilst Daniele Baselli could start after impressing as a substitute on Sunday.

The home side have lost their last four games and are sliding down the table, although striker Fabio Quagliarella who signed for the club on Monday from Torino could be included.

Prediction
Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Quagliarella Departs

As expected, Torino striker Fabio Quagliarella has completed a deadline day move to former club Sampdoria.

The Italian international had enjoyed a positive return to the club he started his career with, and ended last season with 13 goals in 33 appearances.

However, Quagliarella's relationship with the Torino supporters suffered what turned out to be irreparable damage when he appeared to apologise to Napoli fans after scoring against them.

Despite numerous attempts to apologise to the supporters, Quagliarella never wore a Torino shirt again after that night in Naples.

In some respects, it is rather unfortunate that a player who scored the winning goal in Toro's first derby victory in 20 years will not be remembered fondly. However, Quagliarella's decision not to celebrate that goal may have been an early sign of what was to come.

Elsewhere, Toro have signed a pre contract deal with Argentine striker Lucas Boyė who will join the club in July from River Plate. Fringe players Sanjin Prcic and Vasyl Pryima have joined Perugia and Frosinone on loan deals.

Forza Toro

Torino 0-0 Hellas Verona

Torino dropped points at home once again as they drew 0-0 with bottom-placed Hellas in a game which will long be remembered for Josef Martinez's late miss.

As expected, Pontus Jansson and Giuseppe Vives came back into the team, whilst Marco Benassi was preferred to Daniele Baselli in midfield. There was also a surprise in goal as Daniele Padelli returned after a two game absence and replaced Salvador Ichazo.

Padelli was forced into action early on as he had to react quickly to deny Artur Ionita's long range effort. Toro created opportunities in the first half, but both Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi were denied by Pierluigi Gollini in the Hellas goal.

Luca Toni missed a late header for the away side, whilst Ciro Immobile also wasted two good chances for Toro.

However in injury time, substitute Josef Martinez capitalised on some hesitant defending and beat Gollini to the ball, lifted it over him, but somehow failed to find the target. In fairness to the Venezuelan, he was off balance and was probably being fouled - however, he should of scored.

Torino's recent form continues to be a worry, and they have only won once (against Frosinone) since November. The Granata will have an opportunity to make up for this poor performance on Wednesday when they face a trip to Sampdoria.

Forza Toro



Sunday, 31 January 2016

Torino v Hellas Verona Preview

Torino will look to put last week's disappointing performance at Fiorentina behind them when they host Hellas Verona this afternoon.

Toro will be without the suspended Kamil Glik and Giuseppe Vives so Pontus Jansson and Alessandro Gazzi should deputise. 

Maxi Lopez has once again been omitted from the squad, whilst Fabio Quagliarella is still out of favour and heavily linked with a move to Sampdoria. This means that the promising partnership of Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile should continue up front.

Hellas have not won a league match all season and are rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table. However, they held Toro to a 2-2 draw earlier this season, and have drawn their last two matches.

Forza Toro