Sunday, 9 December 2018

AC Milan v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to the San Siro on Sunday evening hoping to maintain their unbeaten away record this season.

The three games the Granata have lost this season have all been on home soil, and Walter Mazzarri is expected to revert back to the system that worked well in Torino's best performance of the season at Sampdoria, with Iago Falque slightly behind Andrea Belotti in a 3-5-1-1 formation.

AC Milan have a defensive crisis at the moment, so former Toro loanee Ignazio Abate could feature as an auxiliary centre back. The home side have been in good form at the San Siro, winning four of their last five games, with the only defeat coming against Torino's local rivals Juventus.

Prediction
AC Milan 1-1 Torino

Torino 2-0 Südtirol

A much changed Torino team progressed to the last 16 of the Coppa Italia with a narrow 2-0 victory over Serie C side Südtirol.

Walter Mazzarri made ten changes from the team who beat Genoa in Serie A, with Simone Zaza the only player to keep his place.

Toro took the lead mid-way through the first half thanks to Roberto Soriano's low drive, that took a slight deflection to wrong-foot goalkeeper Daniel Offredi.

Torino failed to capitalise on their dominance in the second half, and were almost punished when the visitors had a goal wrongfully disallowed for offside.

However, that scare seemed to awaken the Granata who finally doubled their lead with ten minutes remaining through Simone Edera's nice finish.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Torino 2-1 Genoa

Torino came from behind to claim a vital three points as they beat 10 men Genoa 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Walter Mazzarri urged for Toro to make a positive start in Saturday's pre match press conference, and stayed true to his word by naming an attacking starting eleven.

Iago Falque, Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti started together for the first time, whilst Tomas Rincon returned from suspension in midfield.

Toro did make a bright start, with Cristian Ansaldi a constant threat on the left wing, but it was Genoa who had the first chance of the game on the counter attack when Krzysztof Piątek hit the post.

The Granata responded well and Andrea Belotti went close with a glancing header that went narrowly wide of the post. The game changed when former Hellas Verona player Romulo was sent off for Genoa, after the Brazilian received two yellow cards in the space of just three minutes.

However, it was Genoa who took the lead despite their numerical disadvantage as Christian Kouame took advantage of some terrible Toro defending from a corner to poke home.

In first half injury time, Torino equalised thanks to Cristian Ansaldi's excellent volley from outside of the area.

Incredibly, straight from the kick off, Toro regained the ball and won a penalty when Iago Falque was upended in the area by former Tottenham midfielder Sandro. Andrea Belotti stepped up to score the penalty to give the Granata a surprising half time lead.

The Granata had chances to increase their margin of victory in the second half, but goalkeeper Ionut Radu made two good saves to deny Andrea Belotti.

Torino held on to secure an important, albeit unconvincing victory that moves them up to 6th place in the Serie A table.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Torino v Genoa Preview

Torino host Genoa on Sunday afternoon looking for a first home victory since a 3-2 win over Frosinone in early October.  

Coach Walter Mazzarri has recovered from illness and will be back on the bench, whilst Tomas Rincon is now available following suspension.

Rincon is one of a number of former Genoa players currently in the Toro squad, alongside Armando Izzo, Cristian Ansaldi and Iago Falque who will all be hoping to start the game.

Genoa are without a victory in their last seven Serie A games, however, they have already achieved one surprise result in Turin this season, as they drew 1-1 with Juventus two months ago. 

Prediction 
Torino 3-1 Genoa

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Cagliari 0-0 Torino

Torino missed the chance to move into the Europa League places, as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Cagliari on Monday night.

Cristian Ansaldi replaced the injured Ola Aina, whilst the suspended Tomas Rincon was replaced by Soualiho Meïté who had only just returned from a suspension of his own.

It was an uninspiring first half, with both teams struggling to create any real chances until Nicolò Barella's cross clipped the cross bar in injury time.

Toro improved in the second half following the introduction of Simone Zaza, but home goalkeeper Alessio Cragno made good saves to deny Iago Falque, and then Zaza himself after excellent work from fellow substitute Vittorio Parigini.

Andrea Belotti had Toro's last chance with a long range effort, but he was denied by the inform Cragno to earn Cagliari a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Cagliari v Torino Preview

Torino will make the trip to Sardinia to face Cagliari on Monday evening without their coach Walter Mazzarri.

Mazzarri fell unwell on Friday evening and went to hospital, and whilst he quickly recovered, it was decided he would not return to work until further tests have been completed.

Tomas Rincon will also miss out due to suspension, with Sasa Lukic expected to deputise and Cristian Ansaldi could replace Ola Aina who picked up a slight knock on international duty.

Cagliari are currently unbeaten at home this season, winning their last two fixtures against Bologna and Chievo. However, Toro did record an impressive 4-0 victory when they played earlier this year in March.

Prediction
Cagliari 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Torino 1-2 Parma

Torino's six game unbeaten record came to an end with a surprise 2-1 defeat against Parma on Saturday afternoon.

Toro made the worst possible start and were behind after only nine minutes, after a defensive mix up between Armando Izzo and Nicolas N'Koulou allowed Gervinho to score.

The Granata had a great chance to equalise, however Andrea Belotti put his close range effort over the bar. The away side then doubled their lead as Roberto Inglese finished a swift counter attack in fine style.

Torino reduced the deficit just before half time when Daniele Baselli fired home from outside the area, to give Toro hope of a comeback.

However, despite Walter Mazzarri throwing on Simone Zaza and Alex Berenguer in search of an equaliser, it was Parma who came closest to scoring again as Roberto Inglese hit the bar and the away side ultimately deserved victory against a below par Toro.

Forza Toro