Sunday, 23 October 2016

Torino v Lazio Preview

Torino will look to earn a fourth consecutive victory when they face Lazio at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

After Toro's impressive 4-1 victory at Palermo on Monday, confidence is high in the Granata camp and they will hope to continue that against a Lazio side ravaged by injuries.

However former Toro favourite Ciro Immobile should start for the away side who are in good form themselves and are level on points with Torino.

Torino 2-1 Lazio

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Palermo 1-4 Torino

Torino secured their first away win of the season as they recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Palermo 4-1 on Monday night.

The Granata made two changes from the team who beat Fiorentina before the international break as Adem Ljajic was preferred to Lucas Boyé on the left wing, and Daniele Baselli came in for Afriyie Acquah.

Toro made a bright start but were behind after only five minutes when Ivaylo Chochev headed home Alessandro Diamanti's excellent cross. However the away side equalised twenty minutes later when Iago Falque found Adem Ljajic in space, and the Serbian winger fired a shot into the top corner from just outside the area.

That goal meant gave the former Fiorentina man confidence, and he gave Torino the lead with another outstanding finish, this time from just inside the area as he curled the ball into the far corner.

On the stroke of half time, Toro added a third goal after good work from Mirko Valdifiori and Daniele Baselli allowed captain Marco Benassi to fire home.

Five minutes into the second half, Torino added a fourth goal to end the game as a contest when Iago Falque's cross found Daniele Baselli whose mis-kick crawled over the line.

Toro's intensity levels dropped towards the end of the second half which enabled the home side to have a few good chances, but even a late floodlight failure could not deny Toro a third consecutive victory.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Palermo v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it three wins in a row when they travel to Sicily to face Palermo on Monday evening.

The Granata will be without the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri and Giuseppe Vives but Serbian winger Adem Ljajic is now fully fit.

Andrea Belotti is in excellent form and scored his first goal for Italy in Macedonia last week, and will be looking to continue that form against his former team.

Palermo have improved in recent weeks following the appointment of former Foggia coach Roberto De Zerbi, but have lost all three games at home this season.

Palermo 0-1 Torino

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Torino continued their recent form with an impressive 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Sunday evening.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made only two changes from the side who beat Roma last weekend with Davide Zappacosta and Afriyie Acquah coming in to replace the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri and Joel Obi.

Just as they had seven days previously, Toro started well and Andrea Belotti came close early on when his header hit the side netting. The Granata were ahead after just fifteen minutes when Iago Falque won the ball and then drove at the Viola defence before finishing with a lovely left footed finish past Ciprian Tătărușanu.

Nikola Kalinic had the best chance of the first half for Fiorentina, but his free header was straight at Joe Hart who was able to turn it away for a corner.

Toro doubled their lead on the hour mark when Falque turned provider when his exquisite pass found captain Marco Benassi who turned and finished well.

Joe Hart made another good save to deny Borja Valero, but the England international could do nothing to prevent Khouma Babacar from getting a goal back with ten minutes remaining, as the Senegalese striker lost Luca Rossettini before heading home.

Substitute Josef Martinez could have added a third for Toro but he was denied by Tătărușanu, but in the end it didn't matter as Torino held on for all three points.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will look to build on their impressive performance against Roma when they face Fiorentina on Sunday evening.

Maxi Lopez and Adem Ljajic are both available for selection, but the impressive form of Lucas Boyé means that the Argentine youngster should retain his place.

Fiorentina come into this game in good form having thrashed Azerbaijani side Qarabağ 5-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, however the Viola are yet to win away from home this season.

Torino 1-1 Fiorentina

Monday, 26 September 2016

Torino 3-1 Roma

Torino produced their finest performance of the season as they beat Roma at home for the first time in twenty-three years on Sunday afternoon.

Andrea Belotti started his first game since August after returning from injury, whilst Luca Rossettini, Joel Obi and Marco Benassi all came into the starting eleven.

Roma started brightly and Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan fired an early warning to Joe Hart's goal, but his fierce shot went narrowly wide of the post. However it was Toro who took the lead within ten minutes when Joel Obi's excellent cross was headed home by the returning Andrea Belotti.

Belotti was causing major problems for the Roma back four, and his excellent hold up play allowed Iago Falque to get two strikes on goal, but he was denied by the post initially, and then Wojciech Szczesny.

Szczesny had to be at his best moments later when the impressive Lucas Boyé played in Andrea Belotti's whose shot was turned around the post by the Polish keeper.

Luciano Spalletti turned to his captain Francesco Totti who came on at half time for the giallorossi, and he was given a standing ovation by the home supporters in what is likely to be his last ever appearance at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Joe Hart denied his former Manchester City team mate Edin Dzeko an equaliser in the early stages of the second half, although the Bosnian probably should have scored.

Roma were made to pay for that miss when the home side were awarded a penalty as former Toro defender Bruno Peres upended Andrea Belotti. After Belotti's recent failures from the spot, on loan Roma winger Iago Falque took responsibility and the Spaniard made no mistake to double Torino's lead.

However, Roma halved the deficit just two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty of their own when Lorenzo De Silvestri tripped Diego Perotti. Francesco Totti stepped up and sent Joe Hart the wrong way to give the away side hope.

But this was to be Torino's afternoon, and the Granata extended their lead when Andrea Belotti set up Iago Falque who scored his second goal of the game thanks to a huge deflection from Federico Fazio.

Toro had chances to increase the margin of victory with Davide Zappacosta and Josef Martinez both going close, but three goals were enough to seal Torino's second victory of the season.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Torino v Roma Preview

After two successive 0-0 draws, Torino will be looking for a second win of the season when they host Roma on Sunday afternoon.

Toro will be without the suspended Afriyie Acquah and Giuseppe Vives who were both dismissed in mid-week at Pescara. However, the Granata will be boosted by Andrea Belotti's return to fitness, and he should start in this game.

Former Torino favourite Bruno Peres moved to Roma in the summer and has helped his new side to three victories in their opening five games - the most recent of which was a 4-0 thrashing of Crotone on Wednesday.

Torino 1-1 Roma