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promoted side Hellas Verona last week resulted in former Toro player Eugenio Corini being sacked as manager, and he has been replaced by Fabio Grosso.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

Friday, 8 November 2019

Torino 0-1 Juventus

Torino had a much improved performance but fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Juventus in the Derby Della Mole.

Bremer replaced the suspended Nicolas Nkoulou in defence, whilst Tomas Rincon returned to the starting eleven following injury.

Toro thought they should have had a penalty in the opening stages, when Matthijs de Ligt handled Andrea Belotti's flick on - however the referee waved away Torino's appeal.

At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu made a good save to deny Paulo Dybala after good work from Federico Bernardeschi.

Torino's best chance of the first half came when Andrea Belotti cut the ball back for Soualiho Meïté, but the French midfielder blazed the ball over the bar.

Just before half time, Sirigu once again came to the rescue as he made a miraculous save to deny De Ligt opening the scoring from close range.

At the start of second half, the Toro goalkeeper made another sensational save, this time to deny Cristiano Ronaldo. Sirigu was once again the saviour for Torino as he tipped an excellent volley from substitute Gonzalo Higuain over the bar.

However, from that resulting corner, Juventus finally took the lead as a deep corner was knocked back for Matthijs De Ligt to volley home.

Toro almost equalised immediately, as Cristian Ansaldi's slalomed through the Juve defence before finally being denied by Wojciech Szczęsny.

The Granata thought they had an injury time equaliser, after an excellent finish from Bremer, but the Brazilian was flagged offside.

Forza Toro!

Friday, 1 November 2019

Torino v Juventus Preview

Torino head into the first Derby Della Mole of the season on Saturday evening in desperate need of a result, following a run of one win in eight games.

Nicolas Nkoulou will miss the game through suspension, whilst Iago Falque has picked up an injury in training so will miss out.

Juventus are currently one point clear at the top of the Serie A table, however they could only manage a draw in their last away game at Lecce.

Forza Toro

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Lazio 4-0 Torino

Halloween arrived early for Torino on Wednesday evening as a defensive horror show saw the Granata lose 4-0 at Lazio.

Lyanco replaced Koffi Djidji in defence, whilst Diego Laxalt, Sasa Lukic, Soualiho Meïté and Simone Zaza also earned starts.

Felipe Caicedo had the first chance of the game, but the Ecuadorian striker curled his shot wide of the target.

The home side took the lead after twenty-five minutes from absolutely nowhere, with centre back Francesco Acerbi scoring an unbelievable goal from more than thirty yards.

Lazio doubled their lead less than ten minutes later, as former Toro striker Ciro Immobile was able to fire past Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro made a brighter start to the second half, and almost pulled a goal back when Soualiho Meite's shot could only be parried by Thomas Strakosha, but Andrea Belotti volleyed the rebound onto the crossbar.

Any hopes of a comeback for Toro were ended when Nicolas Nkoulou received a second yellow card for a challenge on Caicedo, and Lazio were awarded a penalty. Immobile stepped up and sent Sirigu the wrong way to extend their lead.

With the last kick of the game, Lazio added a fourth as Andrea Belotti glanced a header into his own net to cap a night to forget for the Granata.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Lazio v Torino Preview

Torino travel to the capital on Wednesday evening to face Lazio as they look to improve their disappointing recent form.

Lyanco and Diego Laxalt could return to the starting eleven, whilst Simone Zaza is likely to start after scoring after coming off the bench on Sunday.

Whilst Toro have not won in their last four matches, Lazio are unbeaten in their last four and recorded an impressive 2-1 away victory against Fiorentina in their last match - with former Toro striker Ciro Immobile's scoring a last minute winner.

Prediction
Lazio 2-1 Torino

Torino 1-1 Cagliari

Torino came from behind to earn a point against Cagliari at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Walter Mazzarri made a number of changes to the team that lost against Udinese, with Koffi Djidji, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Ola Aina and Iago Falque all coming into the starting eleven.

Toro had made a bright start, but it was the visitors who had the best chance early on, although Joao Pedro's shot went wide of the target when well placed.

Andrea Belotti almost capitalised on an error by Cagliari defender Luca Ceppitelli, but the Toro captain was then denied by Robin Olsen.

Just before half time, the Sardinians took the lead thanks to Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nández who fired home after Giovanni Simeone's assist.

With the Granata booed off the field at half time, Mazzarri made a change with Simone Zaza replacing Iago Falque in attack.

However, it was Cagliari who came close to doubling their lead in the early stages, with Giovanni Simeone's shot tipped over the bar by Salvatore Sirigu.

With twenty minutes remaining, Toro found an equaliser thanks to good work from their inspirational captain Andrea Belotti who delivered an excellent left wing cross that was well finished by Simone Zaza.

Neither side did enough to win the game in the closing stages, and a point each was probably a fair result.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Torino v Cagliari Preview

After a run of only one win in their last six games, Toro will look to improve that record when they host in form Cagliari on Sunday evening.

Iago Falque could make his first league start of the season, whilst Lorenzo De Silvestri and Ola Aina could also come into the starting eleven.

After losing their first two games of the season, Cagliari are now unbeaten in six games and have claimed impressive results with a win at Napoli and an away draw against Roma during that run.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Cagliari