Saturday, 1 November 2014

Torino 1-0 Parma

Torino secured their third win of the season after a narrow 1-0 victory over Parma at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening.

Omar El Kaddouri returned to the starting eleven having missed the last two games due to suspension, whilst former Parma striker Amauri joined Fabio Quagliarella upfront.

Toro made an excellent start and were ahead after only ten minutes when Bruno Peres' cross from the right found Matteo Darmian who controlled on his chest before volleying home from the edge of the area.

Fabio Quagliarella almost doubled Toro's lead in the second half, but his acrobatic bicycle went narrowly over the bar.

Afriyie Acquah, who scored in this fixture last season, could have equalised for the away side but on this occasion he was denied by Jean-Francois Gillet.

Substitute Massimo Coda thought he had earnt an important point for Parma, but his goal was disallowed for handball. At the other end, Quagliarella, and then Juan Sanchez Mino missed opportunites in quick succession to give Toro a bigger margin of victory.

Forza Toro!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Torino V Parma Preview

Torino will look to make it consecutive home victories for the first time this season when they face Parma on Wednesday evening.

The Granata will be without Marco Benassi and Alexander Farnerud, however Omar El Kaddouri and Antonio Nocerino have both returned to the squad.

Parma, who finished above Toro in 6th place last season but were unable to compete in the Europa League after failing to pay a tax bill are in horrendous form and have lost their last five games.

Prediction
Torino 1-1 Parma

Lazio 2-1 Torino

A goalkeeping error from the usually reliable Jean-Francois Gillet cost Torino a point away to Lazio on Sunday evening.

Alexander Farnerud was the surprising name on the Torino team sheet, as the Swedish midfielder had not made an appearance all season due to injury.

Toro were grateful to Gillet in the opening stages, when the Belgian keeper saved Antonio Candreva's shot which was heading for the bottom corner. However moments later the home side took the lead thanks to Lucas Biglia's excellent free kick.

Lazio could have doubled their lead, but the outstanding Candreva saw his shot hit the post from an acute angle. Toro almost scored an equaliser before half time, but despite an exquisite first touch, Alexander Farnerud blazed his volley over the bar.

However, Torino would get their equaliser at the start of the second half when Michael Ciani's attempted interception fell into the path of Farnerud who fired the ball past former Toro keeper Federico Marchetti.

However, just seven minutes later Gillet parried a long range Candreva free kick into the path of Miroslav Klose, and the German World Cup winner made no mistake to give Lazio all three points.

Forza Toro!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lazio v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it back to back victories for the first time this season when they travel to Rome to face Lazio on Sunday evening.

Captain Kamil Glik will return to the squad after suspension, but may face a struggle to regain his starting position after a number of impressive performances from Pontus Jansson.

Fabio Quagliarella has scored 80% of Torino's league goals this season and will need some support in that department, he should be joined upfront by Amauri who scored his first Granata goal against HJK Helsinki in midweek.

After a slow start to the season, Lazio have been in excellent form having won their last three matches, with Serbian striker Filip Djordjevic scoring five times in that period.

Prediction
Lazio 2-1 Torino

Torino 2-0 HJK Helsinki

Torino moved to the top of their Europa League group after a convincing 2-0 victory over Finnish champions HJK Helsinki.

As expected, Pontus Jansson retained his place in the heart of defence, whilst Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez partnered Amauri upfront.

The Granata almost took the lead within the first ninety seconds, but Martinez's volley was saved by Toni Doblas in the Helsinki goal. Giuseppe Vives almost scored a goal of the season contender, but his dipping volley from distance hit the crossbar.

Ten minutes before half time Toro took the lead when Matteo Darmian's cross from the right found fellow wing back Cristian Molinaro who scored his first Toro goal with a calm finish.

Toro continued to dominate, and doubled their lead just before the hour mark when Amauri opened his Granata goalscoring account with a powerful shot from outside the area.

The home side had the chances to win by a more flattering margin, but could not extend their lead any further. This moves Torino two points clear of group B ahead of Club Brugge, and Toro can move a step closer to qualification with a victory against HJK in Helsinki on November 6th.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Torino v HJK Helsinki Preview

Torino can take a step closer to qualifying for the last 32 of the Europa League when they face HJK Helsinki on Thursday evening.

The Granata won their last game in Europe in dramatic fashion, as Fabio Quagliarella's injury time penalty gave them a deserved victory against Copenhagen.

Daniele Padelli, Nikola Maksimovic and Josef Martinez are all expected to start for as Giampiero Ventura rotates his squad.

HJK have already won their domestic league, but come into this game having lost their opening two Europa League fixtures without scoring. However, Gambian international Demba Savage could cause Toro problems, as the winger has scored eleven league goals this season.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 HJK Helsinki

Monday, 20 October 2014

Torino 1-0 Udinese

Torino secured their first home win of the Serie A season with a convincing victory over in form Udinese on Sunday afternoon.

Swedish defender came into the starting eleven to replace the suspended Kamil Glik, whilst former Udinese striker Fabio Quagliarella was joined upfront with Amauri, who has yet to score for this new club.

Cristian Molinaro, who was surprisingly selected ahead of Matteo Darmian had Toro's first chance, but his volley from Cesare Bovo's cross hit the side netting. At the other end, former Chievo striker Cyril Théréau saw his header sail narrowly wide of the post.

Giuseppe Vives was taking up advanced positions in the Toro midfield, and after an excellent run the veteran midfielder was unlucky to see his shot rebound off the post. The home side were continuing to create chances and Amauri was some how denied his first goal for the club as goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis saved his header on the line.

However, Torino finally took a deserved lead on the hour mark, and once again it was Fabio Quagliarella who scored it, as the Italian striker steered a header into the far corner.

Udinese should have equalised, although Théréau somehow blazed a volley over the bar from only six yards out. Giuseppe Vives, who wore the captain's armband in the absence of Glik almost capped a fine performance with a goal, but his long range strike was tipped over the bar by Karnezis.

Torino held on for a crucial victory which moves them up to 12th place in the Serie A standings, although the fact that 80% of their league goals have been scored by Fabio Quagliarella could become a problem as the season progresses.

Forza Toro.