Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Torino 1-1 Chievo

Andrea Belotti missed a second half penalty as Torino were held to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Grande  Torino by Chievo.

Sinisa Mihajlovic named the same starting eleven who played so well against Inter at the San Siro a fortnight ago, with Nicolás Burdisso being preferred to the fit again Lyanco.

The away side started the game brightly, and Lucas Castro almost opened the scoring but his header rebounded of the post. However, Chievo didn't have to wait long to take the lead as Perparim Hetemaj out muscled Lorenzo De Silvestri to head home at the far post.

Toro were level just after the half hour mark when Joel Obi's excellent cross was met by a fantastic looping header from Daniele Baselli.

In the second half, Iago Falque was denied by a sensational save by Stefano Sorrentino as the former Toro keeper tipped his volley onto the bar, whilst Andrea Belotti blazed the rebound over the bar.

With twenty minutes remaining, Torino were awarded a penalty with the assistance of VAR after Andrea Belotti was upended by Massimo Gobbi. However, the out of sorts Belotti was denied by the veteran Sorrentino, who guessed the right way to save what was a poor penalty.

Chievo had Ivan Radovanović sent off in the dying moments, but Toro could not capitalise and had to make do with a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Torino v Chievo Preview

Torino will look to make it back to back home victories when they face Chievo at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro impressed in their last match before the international break, gaining a well deserved 1-1 draw against Inter at the San Siro.

Andrea Belotti suffered disappointment during the international break after Italy failed to beat Sweden in the Playoff for World Cup 2018.

Brazilian defender Lyanco has recovered from injury, although Nicolas Burdisso impressed against Inter and could keep his place.

Chievo also picked up an impressive result before the international break as they held leaders Napoli to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Bentegodi.

The 'Flying Donkeys' are only a point behind Torino, and therefore could overtake the Granata with a victory.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 Chievo

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Inter 1-1 Torino

Torino produced their best performance of the season so far as they almost inflicted a first defeat of the season on high flying Inter.

Toro once again lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with former Inter defender Nicolás Burdisso the surprise inclusion as the Argentine made his Granata debut.

Daniele Baselli's had Toro's first effort but his long range effort was well saved by Inter keeper Samir Handanovič. At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu made an excellent stop to deny Milan Škriniar from heading home.

Baselli went close once again just before half time, but the midfielder's near post header was turned round the post by Handanovič.

Toro took the lead on the hour mark as Iago Falque, scored a goal typical of the Spanish winger as he cut in on his left foot before firing home.

The Granata should have doubled their lead moments later, but Joel Obi somehow headed over the bar from close range after Adem Ljajic's free kick.

Inter equalised ten minutes from time, as substitute Eder finished well following Mauro Icardi's assist.

Torino will certainly feel disappointed with a point given the fact they took the lead, but the performance was extremely encouraging.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Inter v Torino Preview

Torino travel to the San Siro on Sunday afternoon looking to build on their much needed victory against Cagliari last weekend.

Tomas Rincon is back from suspension and should return to the starting eleven, whilst Lyanco has recovered from injury and is back in the squad.

Inter are currently unbeaten this season and only two points behind leaders Napoli in what has been an impressive start for new coach Luciano Spalletti.

However, Toro have a surprisingly good record away to Inter in recent seasons, having won two of the last three meetings between the sides at San Siro.

Prediction
Inter 3-1 Torino

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Torino 2-1 Cagliari

Torino won for the first time since September as they came from behind to clinch a crucial three points against Cagliari.

Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was rumoured to be facing the sack should Toro lose, changed to a 4-3-3 formation for this match and was also boosted by the news that Andrea Belotti was available following injury.

The Granata went behind after half an hour following a quick fire counter attack that resulted in Diego Farias finding Nicolò Barella who finished well.

Toro only had to wait ten minutes for their equaliser, and it was another well worked goal, as Adem Ljajic found Cristian Ansaldi in space, and the versatile Argentine crossed for Iago Falque to tap home.

In the second half, Adem Ljajic and Andrea Belotti both missed excellent chances to give Toro the lead. However, with twenty five minutes remaining, Cagliari failed to clear the ball from a corner, and substitute Joel Obi headed home from close range.

Andrea Belotti and Daniele Baselli both missed late chances to increase the margin of victory and reduce the nerves of the supporters, but Toro managed to hold on for a much needed victory.

Forza Toro

Friday, 27 October 2017

Torino v Cagliari Preview

Torino coach Siniša Mihajlović may need to beat Cagliari at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday evening in order to save his job.

The Serbian is under pressure at the Granata after a run of five matches which has only returned two points and included a heavy derby defeat.

Antonio Barreca and Tomas Rincon are both suspended so Cristian Molinaro and Afriyie Acquah could deputise, whilst M'Baye Niang could be deployed as a central striker in place or the frustrating Umar Sadiq.

Cagliari have lost five of their last six matches, but picked up an important victory in midweek to deny Benevento their first ever Serie A point, thanks to an injury time winner.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 Cagliari

Fiorentina 3-0 Torino

Torino's poor form continued as they fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Fiorentina, and ended the match with only ten men.

Antonio Barreca replaced Cristian Molinaro in the only change from Sunday's defeat against Roma, and Toro started the game brightly.

Iago Falque almost capitalised on Marco Sportiello's poor goal kick, however the Spaniard's shot was deflected wide.

The home side took the lead somewhat against the run of play, and it was obviously former Toro midfielder Marco Benassi who scored the goal, with a powerful strike past Salvatore Sirigu.

Torino responded well, and Emiliano Moretti volleyed against the bar after the Viola failed to clear from a corner.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made a change at half time, as Alex Berenguer replaced Umar Sadiq and M'Baye Niang moved upfront. The substitution almost paid off immediately, as Niang went through on goal, but the crossbar denied the Granata once again.

Salvatore Sirigu was keeping the Granata in the contest as the former Palermo man made excellent saves to twice deny Federico Chiesa, as well as making a sensational save from Valentin Eysseric.

However, he could do nothing to deny Giovanni Simeone, who doubled Fiorentina's lead with an excellent half-volley from just outside the area. The match was ended as a contest less than ten minutes later when Antonio Barreca was adjudged to have pushed Chiesa in the area and was harshly sent off.

Khouma Babacar converted the penalty to add more misery to the visiting Torino supporters and also increase the pressure on Granata coach Sinisa Mihajlovic who may need to beat Cagliari on Sunday to save his job.

Forza Toro