Sunday, 8 December 2019

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino host Fiorentina at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon as they look to make it three wins from their last four games.

Toro will once again be without the injured Andrea Belotti, although Simone Zaza could come into the starting eleven, with Alex Berenguer and Simone Verdi also expected to start.

Fiorentina are just a point behind Toro, but come into the game having lost their last three matches - including disappointing 1-0 defeats against newly promoted sides Hellas Verona and Lecce.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Genoa 0-1 Torino

Torino recorded successive away victories for the first time since September 2017 as they beat Genoa 1-0 on Saturday evening.

Andrea Belotti failed to recover from injury, so Walter Mazzarri lined up with a striker less formation, with Alex Berenguer playing as a 'false nine'.

Toro had a good chance to take the lead, but Cristian Ansaldi could not got his effort on target at the far post against his former team.

Genoa were much improved after the break, and were unlucky to see Kevin Agudelo's effort hit the bar after an excellent run. The home side then hit the post moments later, this time through striker Andrea Favilli.

With less than fifteen minutes remaining, Genoa were made to pay for those missed chances as Toro took the lead thanks to a magnificent header from Brazilian defender Bremer.

Simone Verdi almost scored his first since re-joining the club, but his long range effort was tipped over the bar Ionut Radu.

Substitute Simone Edera was dismissed in injury time after picking up two yellow cards, but the Granata held on for a vital victory.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Genoa on Saturday evening looking to achieve successive away victories in the league for the first time since September 2017.

That task is made more difficult by the fact Andrea Belotti is a doubt after he limped off in the defeat against Inter. However, the Toro captain has been included in the squad.

Genoa won their first game under new coach Thiago Motta, but have lost two and drawn two since that victory against Brescia.

Prediction
Genoa 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Torino 0-3 Inter

Torino fell to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat against Inter in terrible weather conditions on Saturday evening.

Torrential rain at the Stadio Grande Torino put the game in doubt, but the game did begin after a slight delay as particularly poor areas of the pitch were made playable.

The home side may have been regretting the work of the groundsmen to get the game on, when inspirational captain Andrea Belotti limped off the pitch with a rib injury after only ten minutes. Almost immediately, Inter took the lead when Lautaro Martinez latched onto a headed clearance and finished well past Salvatore Sirigu.

The Italian international goalkeeper then made a stunning save to deny Romelu Lukaku from doubling the away side's lead. However, from the resulting corner, more poor defending from Toro allowed Stefan de Vrij to side foot home at the far post.

Toro came close to pulling a goal back just before half time, but this time it was Samir Handanovic's turn to make a great save, as he denied Lorenzo De Silvestri.

However, Inter put the result beyond any doubt when Romelu Lukaku added a third goal, ten minutes after half time.

This was another disappointing performance for the Granata, who have now lost seven of their thirteen league games this season - and are only four points above the bottom three.

Forza Toro

Friday, 22 November 2019

Torino v Inter Preview

Torino host Inter at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening in search of back-to-back victories for the first time since August.

The Granata will be without Lyanco who was injured on international duty, whilst Daniele Baselli and Tomas Rincon are also doubts despite being included in the squad. Alex Berenguer, who scored twice as a substitute against Brescia is in line to be rewarded with a starting place.

Inter have made an excellent start to the season, and are only one point behind Juventus at the top of the table under new manager Antonio Conte.

Prediction
Torino 1-1 Inter

Monday, 11 November 2019

Brescia 0-4 Torino

Torino secured their first three points since September as they thumped Brescia 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Toro made a bright start and were awarded a slightly controversial penalty when Andrea Cistana was adjudged to have handled Simone Verdi's free kick. Andrea Belotti stepped up and made no mistake to give the Granata the lead.

Incredibly, Toro were awarded another penalty for handball, which seemed a lot more clear cut but did need a VAR consultation after Ales Mateju handled Belotti's shot. The Torino captain stepped up and once again converted to doubled Torino's lead.

The home side were then reduced to ten men when Ales Mateju received a second yellow card for a foul on Belotti.

However, despite the man disadvantage, Brescia started the second half well and could have reduced the deficit but Salvatore Sirigu made an excellent double save to first deny Florian AyĆ© and then Nikolas Spalek.

However, Alex Berenguer came on as substitute for Toro and the Spaniard sealed the three points for the Granata with a smart turn and finish. The former Osasuna man then added a fourth on the counter attack as Toro claimed a much needed victory.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Brescia v Torino Preview

Torino head to the Stadio Mario Rigamonti in Brescia on Saturday afternoon in desperate need of their first victory since September.

Mario Rigamonti, one of the star defenders of the Grande Torino team was born in the city of Brescia and the stadium was named after him when it opened in 1959.

Nicolas Nkoulou has returned to the squad following suspension, however Kevin Bonifazi, Daniele Baselli, Iago Falque and Simone Zaza all miss out due to injury.

Brescia are one of the few teams in worse form that Toro, and have lost five of their last six matches. A defeat at fellow newly promoted side Hellas Verona last week resulted in former Toro player Eugenio Corini being sacked as manager, and he has been replaced by Fabio Grosso.

Prediction
Brescia 1-2 Torino