Friday, 9 November 2018

Torino v Parma Preview

Torino face Parma on Saturday afternoon at the Stadio Grande Torino looking to extend their current six game unbeaten record.

Soualiho Meïté is suspended so Sasa Lukic or Roberto Soriano should deputise, otherwise Walter Mazzarri is likely to pick the same team who thrashed Sampdoria last weekend. 

Parma have made a good start to life back in Serie A following promotion in the summer, and are only three points behind the Granata. However, they have failed to win any of the last three games - including two defeats.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Parma

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Sampdoria 1-4 Torino

Torino produced their best performance of the season as they thrashed Sampdoria 4-1 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon.

Walter Mazzarri named an unchanged team to the eleven who drew against Fiorentina last time out, and the Granata made a perfect start.

After only twelve minutes, Lorenzo De Silvestri delivered an inch perfect cross that was headed home by Andrea Belotti, who had previously not scored from open play since August.

Gianluca Caprari thought he had equalised for the home side, but his curling effort went narrowly wide of the post.

On the stroke of half time, Toro were awarded a penalty when Belotti was clearly upended in the area by Samp goalkeeper Emil Audero. The Torino captain stepped up to take the penalty himself, and scored to double the Granata's lead.

Torino added a third goal just ten minutes into the second half, as the excellent De Silvestri crossed for Ola Aina, and the Nigerian headed the ball back for Iago Falque to volley home.

Sampdoria were gifted a lifeline when Daniele Baselli fouled Dennis Praet in the area, and although Fabio Quagliarella's penalty was saved by Salvatore Sirigu, the former Toro striker kept calm to convert the rebound.

However, any nerves from Torino supporters were settled with twelve minutes remaining as former Genoa defender Armando Izzo scored his first goal for the club from a corner to seal an impressive victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Genoa to face Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, knowing that a victory could put them into the top six.

Cristian Ansaldi has recovered from injury so has been included in the squad, whilst Roberto Soriano may not start, but could face his former team off the bench.

Sampdoria are currently two places and one point above Toro, but have only won one of their last four home games.

Prediction
Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Torino 1-1 Fiorentina

Torino made it five games unbeaten as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Fiorentina at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening.

Ola Aina came back into the team in favour or Alex Berenguer, whilst Koffi Djidji was once again preferred to Emiliano Moretti.

Toro made the worst possible start, and were behind after only two minutes as statuesque from Lorenzo De Silvestri saw the ball ricocheted into the path of former Torino midfielder Marco Benassi who finished well.

However, Torino responded well and were level ten minutes later when Ola Aina's shot hit the post, then the unfortunate Alban Lafont and into the net.

Torino had an excellent chance to take the lead in the second half, but Iago Falque's well hit shot from outside the area was well saved by Lafont.

At the other end, Giovanni Simeone and Kevin Mirallas both had chances to win the game for Fiorentina, but Salvatore Sirigu was able to deny them both and the game ended level.

Forza Toro

Friday, 26 October 2018

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino host Fiorentina on Saturday evening looking to make amends from the collapse against Bologna that cost them two points.

Lyanco has been included in the squad for the first time since December following injury, whilst Simone Zaza could start in favour of Andrea Belotti, who is without a goal from open play since the end of August.

Fiorentina are above Toro in the Serie A table, but of their fourteen points they have gained this season, only one has been gained away from home.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Bologna 2-2 Torino

Torino threw away a 2-0 lead as some dreadful defending cost the Granata a victory in Bologna on Sunday afternoon.

Lorenzo De Silvestri and Iago Falque returned to the starting eleven following injury, whilst Koffi Djidji was surprisingly preferred to Emiliano Moretti in defence.

Toro took the lead after fourteen minutes when Iago Falque scored a sensational goal from twenty-five yards out, despite seemingly being off balance after pressure from Filip Helander.

Soualiho Meite had a chance to double Torino's lead, but his curling effort went narrowly over the bar. 

However, ten minutes into the second half, Torino did get a second goal when Iago Falque dispossessed Adam Nagy and set up Daniele Baselli to score. 

However, the home side reduced the deficit just five minutes later when Federico Santander reacted quickest after Mitchell Dijks' header hit the post. 

Bologna then equalised thirteen minutes from time when Salvatore Sirigu's poor clearance was intercepted by Arturo Calabresi, who then broke through some weak Toro challenges to score. 

Toro were unable to find a winner, and were made to settle for a point which considering the performance in the first hour, was very disappointing.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Bologna on Sunday afternoon knowing that a third consecutive Serie A victory could take them into the top six.

Lorenzo De Silvestri has returned from injury so could return to the starting eleven, whilst Vittorio Parigini could start after an impressive substitute appearance against Frosinone before the international break.

Bologna started the season poorly, failing to win any of their opening four games, but back to back home victories against Roma and Udinese have increased optimism.

Prediction
Bologna 1-2 Torino