Saturday, 5 October 2019

Torino v Napoli Preview

Torino host Napoli on Sunday evening with the Granata hoping to improve their fortunes following a run of three defeats from their last four matches.

Toro will be without Simone Zaza who picked up an injury in training this week, so former Napoli man Simone Verdi should continue in the starting eleven.

Napoli have won four of their six Serie A fixtures so far this season, although they did suffer a surprise 1-0 home defeat against Cagliari last month.

Prediction
Torino 1-2 Napoli

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Parma 3-2 Torino

Ten man Torino fell to a narrow defeat against Parma in an entertaining encounter on Monday evening. 

Nicolas Nkoulou made his first league start of the season for the Granata, whilst Simone Verdi was preferred to Simone Zaza in attack.

The Granata made the worst possible start as they were behind after only two minutes when Gervinho crossed for Dejan Kulusevski to tap in from close range. 

However, the Granata responded well and were level ten minutes later when Simone Verdi crossed for Cristian Ansaldi to head home.

The match turned on the half hour mark when Toro defender Bremer received a second yellow card for handball, and the hosts were awarded a penalty. However, Gervinho's penalty was saved magnificently by Salvatore Sirigu.

Incredibly, and despite having one player less, Toro were awarded a penalty of their own just before half time when Vincent Laurini elbowed Andrea Belotti in the area. The Toro captain stepped and sent Luigi Sepe the wrong way to give Toro the lead

However, in first half injury time, Parma scored an equaliser as the Toro offside trap failed and allowed Andreas Cornelius to finish emphatically.  

Parma capitalised on their man advantage as they dominated the second half, with only another outstanding save from Sirigu denying Gervinho a goal. 

Toro's attacks were limited, but Armando Izzo did force a save from Sepe from a set piece at the same end that he had scored the winning goal v Atalanta a month previously. 

However, just when it seemed as though Toro had done enough to earn a point, Gervinho fired a cross into the area that the Toro defence could not deal with, and that allowed substitute Roberto Inglese to score with only two minutes remaining.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Parma v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Parma on Monday evening hoping to secure their second away victory of the season, in the same stadium as their first.

Toro have only beaten Atalanta on the road so far this campaign, who are temporarily playing games in Emilia-Romagna.

Nicolas Nkoulou could finally come back into the starting eleven, whilst Cristian Ansaldi and Diego Laxalt could also come into the team that beat AC Milan on Thursday.

The home side have won two of their five games this season, including a 1-0 home victory against Sassuolo in midweek. Parma also managed to pick up four points against the Granata last season, with the match at the Stadio Ennio Tardini ending goalless.

Prediction
Parma 0-1 Torino

Friday, 27 September 2019

Torino 2-1 AC Milan

Andrea Belotti produced an inspirational performance as he scored two goals to help Torino come from behind to beat AC Milan on Thursday evening.

Simone Verdi made his first start since rejoining the club, but that was the only change from the starting eleven who lost at Sampdoria.

The away side made the better start and were awarded a penalty when Lorenzo De Silvestri was adjudged to have fouled Rafeal Leão in the area. Polish striker Krzysztof Piątek stepped up and fired his penalty past Salvatore Sirigu.

The Rossoneri could have extended their lead before half time, but Sirigu made an excellent save to tip a header from Leão over the bar. Toro had a good chance to equalised just before the break, but Andrea Belotti could not keep his effort down with Gianluigi Donnarumma out of his area.

AC Milan continued to create chances in the opening exchanges of the second half, and Piątek should have scored following an assist by Alessio Romagnoli. The visitors were made to rue that miss, as with twenty minutes remaining, Toro grabbed an equaliser thanks to their captain Andrea Belotti whose shot from just outside the area somehow found its way past Donnarumma.

Incredibly, Toro then took the lead four minutes later, as despite missing his initial effort from close range, Andrea Belotti scored an over head kick following Simone Zaza's shot.

Simone Zaza had a chance to seal the victory, but comically pulled up with cramp whilst trying to take the ball round Donnarumma on the counter attack. That miss was almost crucial, as in the dying seconds, Suso's deep cross found Piątek, but he was denied by a miraculous save by Sirigu, and Toro held on to a vital victory.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Torino v AC Milan Preview

Torino host AC Milan at the Stadio Grande Torino on Thursday night with both teams in need of a victory.

Nicolas Nkoulou returns to the Toro squad for the first time since the Europa League home leg with Wolves, whilst Cristian Ansaldi is also included following injury.

AC Milan will be looking to bounce back following defeat in the Milan derby against rivals Inter on Sunday, and have only scored two goals in four games this season.

Prediction
Torino 0-0 AC Milan

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Sampdoria 1-0 Torino

Torino's disappointing run of form continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against previously winless Sampdoria on Sunday evening.

Walter Mazzarri resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes from the disappointing defeat against Lecce, although Lyanco, Bremer and Simone Zaza did come into the eleven.

Sampdoria made a bright start, in contrast to the miserable weather in Genoa as both Fabio Depaoli and Manolo Gabbiadini had shots on goal inside the opening minute.

However, it took until the second half for the first real chance of the game, as ex Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini gave the home side the lead. However, there was some controversy surrounding the goal as both Ola Aina and Lyanco felt they had been fouled in the build up.

The Granata were then thankful for Salvatore Sirigu who made good saves to deny both Ronaldo Vieira and Albin Ekdal.

Toro were struggling to create chances against a resolute Sampdoria defence, but Simone Zaza did force Emil Audero into making a save.

Despite the introduction of summer signings Diego Laxalt and Simone Verdi from the bench, Toro could not find an equaliser and fell to a second consecutive defeat.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Genoa on Sunday afternoon hoping to rebound from their disappointing defeat against Lecce on Monday night.

Lyanco is expected to replace Koffi Djidji in defence, whilst Diego Laxalt impressed as substitute against Lecce so could replace Ola Aina at left wing back.

Sampdoria have made a terrible start to the season and are currently bottom of the table due to losing all three games and have conceded nine goals in the process.

Toro fans will be hoping for a repeat of the scoreline from this fixture last season, a 4-1 victory that was arguably the Granata's best performance of the last campaign.

Prediction
Sampdoria 1-1 Torino