Monday, 8 October 2018

Torino 3-2 Frosinone

Alex Berenguer scored an excellent goal to spare Torino's blushes as they almost squandered a 2-0 lead against Frosinone.

Daniele Baselli and Simone Zaza both returned to the starting eleven as Torino were looking for a second consecutive victory.

Andrea Belotti almost gave Toro the lead in the early stages, but his low shot rebounded off the post, however the Granata did not have long to wait for their first goal.

On twenty minutes, Simone Zaza's clever assist set up Tomas Rincon, and the Venezuelan fired home a low shot from outside the area.

Toro doubled their lead just a minute into the second half, when Zaza's initial shot was saved by Marco Sportiello, Daniele Baselli was on hand to score.

However, just before the hour mark, Frosinone had a lifeline as Edoardo Goldaniga bundled home from a corner. Toro were furious that the goal was allowed to stand, as the home side felt Salvatore Sirigu had been fouled in the build up.

Moments later, Frosinone were level, as shambolic defending allowed Camillo Ciano to head home Joel Campbell's cross.

Walter Mazzarri responded immediately by bringing on Vittorio Parigini, and the youngster made an immediate impact, as his cross caused havoc in the Frosinone defence. The ball eventually fell to Alex Berenguer who curled home from just outside the penalty area to give Toro the lead.

Torino held on for a crucial three points, although the manner of the performance was a little concerning.

Forza Toro

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Torino v Frosinone Preview

Torino will look for consecutive victories when they host Frosinone at the Stadio Grande Torino on Friday night.

Toro have still not scored a first half goal this season, and will look to change that statistic against  Frosinone who are yet to win since gaining promotion to Serie A in the summer.

Lorenzo De Silvestri is injured after picking up an injury against Chievo, so Alex Berenguer and Ola Aina should start as wing backs, whilst Simone Zaza could start after scoring the winner in the same game.

Frosinone are coached by former Torino player and Primavera coach Moreno Longo, who is sure to get a warm reception from the Toro supporters.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Frosinone

Chievo 0-1 Torino

Torino left it late to claim their second win of the season, as Simone Zaza's first goal for the club earnt the Granata all three points.

There was once again a surprise in Walter Mazzarri's starting eleven, as Simone Edera was given his first start of the season.

Despite starting brighter, the home side struggled to create any clear cut chances, with Edera going the closest for either team with an effort that went narrowly wide of the post.

Chievo should have taken the lead in the opening stages of the second half, but Mehdi LĂ©ris blazed over the bar when well placed.

At the other end, Ola Aina almost scored his first goal in a Toro shirt, after being set up by substitute 
Simone Zaza, but the Nigerian wing back was denied by former Torino keeper Stefano Sorrentino.

With Toro looking for their first away victory of the season, Iago Falque made his return from injury off the bench as they desperately searched for a winning goal. 

Torino were rewarded with only two minutes of normal time remaining, when a move started by Ola Aina's interception ended with Simone Zaza scoring his first goal in a Toro shirt.

Iago Falque should have doubled Torino's margin of victory in injury time, but the Spaniard failed to hit the target from Andrea Belotti's assist. However, Zaza's goal was enough to give the Granata a deserved victory. 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Chievo v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Verona on Sunday afternoon looking for their second win of what has been a disappointing start to the season.

The Granata have only managed two points from their last three matches, with the performances against Napoli and Atalanta perhaps Toro's most disappointing of the season so far.

Emiliano Moretti is expected to return to the starting eleven, whilst Iago Falque has been included in the squad after injury.

The home side have yet to win this season, and after having been deducted three points at the start of the season for false accounting, Chievo are currently bottom of the table on -1 points.

Prediction
Chievo 1-2 Torino

Atalanta 0-0 Torino

Torino maintained their unbeaten away record as they held on for a point against Atalanta on Wednesday afternoon.

Vittorio Parigini was the shock inclusion in the Torino starting eleven, as the youth team product made his first start for the Granata, whilst Koffi Djidji replaced Emiliano Moretti in defence to make his debut.

Papu Gomez had the first chance of the game for the home side, but the Atalanta captain curled his shot wide of the target.

Torino's best chance of the first half fell to Vittorio Parigini, however, the youngster could only hit the side netting.

Atalanta started the dominate the second half, with Duvan Zapata and Rafael Toloi both missing good chances.

Salvatore Sirigu, Torino's best player so far this season, made another great save to deny Papu Gomez and earn Toro a point.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Atalanta v Torino Preview

Torino will look to respond quickly from the disappointing defeat against Napoli when they face Atalanta on Wednesday evening.

Lorenzo De Silvestri is fit enough to be included in the squad, but may not start, whilst Roberto Soriano may return to the starting eleven.

Atalanta have had a disappointing start to the season after their surprise Europa League elimination, whilst in Serie A, they have lost to Cagliari and SPAL in recent weeks. However, they did score an injury time equaliser against AC Milan on Sunday evening to earn a point.

Prediction
Atalanta 1-1 Torino

Torino 1-3 Napoli

Torino suffered their second defeat of the season as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Napoli on Sunday afternoon.

Ola Aina returned to the starting eleven in place of the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri, whilst Simone Zaza made his first start with Iago Falque also injured.

Toro made the worst possible start and were behind after only four minutes when Emiliano Moretti's poor clearance hit Nicolas N'Koulou and Lorenzo Insigne was on hand to fire home.

Napoli had made a quick start, and almost doubled their lead through Simone Verdi, but for an excellent last ditch tackle by Armando Izzo.

However, former Toro winger Simone Verdi did get on the score sheet on twenty minutes when he swept home Dries Mertens' cross.

Torino reduced the deficit early in the second half after Alex Berenguer was upended in the area by Sebastiano Luperto. Andrea Belotti stepped up and sent David Ospina the wrong way to give Toro a lifeline.

However, less than ten minutes later, more poor defending, this time from Armando Izzo allowed Napoli to win back possession and score a third goal. Insigne added his second goal of the game after being first to react after Jose Callejon's initial effort hit the post.

The away side had further chances to increase their margin of victory on an afternoon to forget for the Granata.