Saturday, 23 September 2017

Juventus v Torino Preview

Torino will look to go one step further than last season and beat Juventus at the Allianz Stadium for the first time on Saturday evening. 

The Granata were minutes away from victory in May after Adem Ljajic's sensational free kick, but Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to rescue a point in injury time. 

Both Turin clubs come into this Derby Della Mole clash unbeaten although Juventus have won all five Serie A matches so far, whilst Toro have drawn with Bologna and Sampdoria.

Lyano and Cristian Ansaldi will be pushing to start after impressing in mid-week in the victory at Udinese, whilst Afriyie Acquah who was controversially sent off in the last game against Juventus is back in the squad after injury.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Udinese 2-3 Torino

Torino won their third match of the season as they beat Udinese 3-2 in an entertaining clash on Wednesday evening.

Cristian Ansaldi and Lyanco both made debuts for the Granata as Sinisa Mihajlovic rotated his defence ahead of the derby on Saturday.

Toro were ahead within ten minutes when Adem Ljajic's long range shot could only be parried by Simone Scuffet and Andrea Belotti pounced to open the scoring.

Andrea Belotti was also instrumental in Torino's second goal, as il Gallo's persistence on the left wing eventually forced an own goal from the unfortunate Emil Hallfredsson.

Udinese reduced the arrears when Nicolas N'Koulou was harshly adjudged to have upended substitute Jakub Jankto in the area and the home side were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Rodrigo De Paul.

However, Torino re-established their two goal lead thanks to Ljajic's clever finish as the Serbian found a gap for his low shot.

Udinese ensured a nervy last fifteen minutes when Kevin Lasagna diverted De Paul's shot past Salvatore Sirigu to make it 3-2. With the final kick of the game, the home side had a chance to equalise but Jankto was denied by a heroic block from debutant Ansaldi.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Udinese v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Udine on Wednesday evening looking to earn their third victory of the season against Udinese.

Despite earning victories against Sassuolo and Benevento, the Granata have yet to look that convincing this season, and with the derby against Juventus on the horizon, Sinisa Mihajlovic will hope for that to change sooner rather than later.

Mihajlovic is likely to rotate his squad, with Brazilian defender Lyanco and deadline day signing both Cristian Ansaldi expected to make their debuts.

Udinese have only won one of their four fixtures so far this season, with the other three matches resulting in defeat. Former Toro striker Maxi Lopez could feature against his old team, having started the last match against AC Milan.

Prediction
Udinese 1-2 Torino

Torino 2-2 Sampdoria

Torino conceded in the opening minute, but fought back to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-2 draw with Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon.

Toro made only two changes from the team who started last weekend's victory at Benevento, with Antonio Barreca replacing Cristian Molinaro and Daniele Baselli coming in for the injured Joel Obi.

Duvan Zapata, who was often linked with a move to Torino in the transfer window, gave Samp the perfect start as the Colombian capitalised on a mistake by Emiliano Moretti to fire past Salvatore Sirigu.

However, Toro were level just ten minutes later with Daniele Baselli scoring a sensational goal from outside the area. The Granata then took the lead moments later when Adem Ljajic fed Andrea Belotti and the Toro captain scored with an accurate left footed finish.

Sampdoria were level before half time as former Toro striker Fabio Quagliarella was left unmarked at the far post and was able to tap home Ivan Strinic's cross.

M'Baye Niang had a great chance to score his first goal in a Toro shirt, but he could only clip the post when one on one with Christian Puggioni.

Andrea Belotti and substitute Simone Edera both had chances to give Toro a victory, but Torino had to make do with a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Torino v Sampdoria Preview

Torino will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Sampdoria at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro have a midfield injury crisis with Afriyie Acquah and Joel Obi picking up injuries in the narrow victory over Benevento, but Mirko Valdifiori is included in the squad for the first time this season after recovering from his own injury.

Sampdoria have won both their games this season, but have not played since August 27th as last weekend's fixture against Roma was postponed due to flooding in the Genoa area.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Sampdoria

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Benevento 0-1 Torino

Torino left it late to claim their second Serie A victory of the season as Iago Falque's injury time winner gave the Granata all three points.

Toro made two changes from the side who beat Sassuolo, as Cristian  Molinaro replaced Antonio Barreca and M'Baye Niang made his debut, with the deadline day arrival replacing Alex Berenguer.

Amato Ciciretti came close to opening the scoring for the home side, but his free kick was tipped over the bar by Salvatore Sirigu. At the other end, Adem Ljajic was looking bright in the early stages, and the Serbian international twice forced Vid Belec into making a saves from long range.

Moments before half time, Sirigu produced a sensational save to turn Massimo Coda's goal bound shot around the post.

Benevento were creating chances, especially on the counter attack, and Sirigu once again had to be at his best, this time to deny substitute Achraf Lazaar.

However, in the dying seconds, Benevento were cruelly denied a first ever Serie A point as Adem Ljajic's excellent through ball found Iago Falque, and the Spaniard kept calm to secure a somewhat undeserved victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Benevento v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it consecutive Serie A victories when they face newly promoted Benevento on Sunday evening.

The Granata were impressive 3-0 winners over Sassuolo before the international break, with Andrea Belotti scoring an early 'goal of the season' contender.

New signings Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Burdisso and M'Baye Niang are all included in the squad, whilst Daniele Baselli has recovered from injury and could feature.

Benevento have lost both their opening two fixtures against Sampdoria and Bologna, both by a single goal margin, although former Toro winger Vittorio Parigini could make his debut for the Stregoni.

Toro have never faced Benevento in league action before, but they did meet in the Coppa Italia in 1982, with Torino coming from behind to emerge 2-1 winners.

Prediction
Benevento 1-3 Torino