Friday, 19 April 2019

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Genoa on Saturday afternoon looking to reignite their challenge for Europa League qualification.

Two successive draws have hampered Toro's European aspirations, but the Granata did achieve one of their best victories of the season in this stadium back in November - a 4-1 win over Sampdoria.

Andrea Belotti returns to the squad following suspension, whilst Ola Aina could be preferred to Lorenzo De Silvestri at right wing back.

Genoa have been in poor form since surprisingly beating Juventus last month, and have lost three of their last four matches - including the derby with Sampdoria last weekend.

Genoa 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Torino 1-1 Cagliari

Torino lost ground on the teams chasing European football as they dropped two points at home to Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

With Andrea Belotti suspended, Simone Zaza was given a rare start up front, and with Iago Falque still out, Alex Berenguer retained his place.

Alessio Cragno in the Cagliari goal made an excellent save to deny Daniele Baselli from just inside the area. At the other end, Artur Ionita almost gave the Sardinians a shock lead, but his powerful effort hit the bar.

Toro took the lead early in the second half as Armando Izzo kept the ball alive from a set piece and crossed for Simone Zaza to score just his third goal of the season.

However, the former Sassuolo man then turned from hero to zero as he was given a straight red card for dissent after being penalised by the referee.

Toro were punished almost immediately as Leonardo Pavoletti headed home a Luca Cigarini cross to equalise. The goal was initially disallowed for offside, but was then correctly given following a VAR review.

Cagliari ended the game with 9 men as both Luca Pellegrini and Nicolo Barella were both dismissed for second yellow cards. The Granata almost snatched all three points in the dying seconds, but Daniele Baselli's free kick was tipped over the bar by Cragno.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Torino v Cagliari Preview

Torino host Cagliari early on Sunday afternoon hoping for more points as they continue their quest for European qualification.

The Granata are just four points behind AC Milan in 4th, and Toro could be unlikely challengers for the Champions League if they can continue their impressive home form.

However, Toro will be without top scorer Andrea Belotti through suspension, and with Iago Falque still injured, the Granata will have to rely on Simone Zaza - who has scored just twice in a disappointing campaign.

Cagliari are in good form, having won three of their last four games, although they have struggled on their travels this season. Before winning 3-0 at Chievo in their last away game, the Sardinians had lost five consecutive games away from home without scoring.

Torino 1-0 Cagliari

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Parma 0-0 Torino

Torino missed an opportunity in the race for European football as they could only manage a goalless draw away to Parma on Saturday afternoon.

The Granata name an unchanged starting eleven following Wednesday's impressive 2-1 victory over Sampdoria.

The first half was one of few chances, but Toro came closest to opening the scoring through Daniele Baselli, but his volley from outside the area went just wide of the post.

In the second half, Daniele Baselli once again had a good chance, but blazed over when he could have found Lorenzo De Silvestri in space.

Parma were presenting a threat on the counter attack, and full back Federico Dimarco forced a save out of Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro had a chance to claim all three points on their own chance on the counter attack through substitute Vittorio Parigini, but the youngster opted to go for goal rather than crossing for Simone Zaza who was better placed, and therefore had to settle for a point.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Parma v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Parma on Saturday afternoon hoping to continue their recent good form in the chase for European places.

Lorenzo De Silvestri has been included in the squad, despite picking up an injury in Wednesday's victory against Sampdoria, therefore Walter Mazzarri may name an unchanged starting eleven.

The home side have lost their last three games, but did cause an upset by beating Toro 2-1 in Turin back in November.

Parma 1-2 Torino

Torino 2-1 Sampdoria

Torino produced one of their finest performances of the season as they beat fellow Europa League contenders Sampdoria 2-1 on Wednesday evening.

As expected, Nicolas Nkoulou returned from suspension, whilst Alex Berenguer was preferred to the out of form Simone Zaza in attack.

Toro made the brighter start and took a deserved lead ten minutes before half time when Lorenzo De Silvestri's floated cross was sensationally headed home at the far post by Andrea Belotti.

On the stroke of half time, Toro doubled their lead when Cristian Ansaldi's cross was only partially cleared by Joachim Anderson, and Andrea Belotti finished well with the outside of his right foot.

The Torino captain came close to sealing a perfect hat trick, but his left foot shot from just outside the area narrowly whistled past the post.

The away side were struggling to create many chances, but Salvatore Sirigu made a good save to deny Gaston Ramirez's half volley. Another former Southampton player, Manolo Gabbiadini did ensure a nervy last ten minutes for the Granata, as he reduced the deficit with a fine left footed strike from outside the area.

However, Toro were able to hold on to seal a crucial three points in their quest for European qualification.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Torino v Sampdoria Preview

Torino will look to get back to winning ways when they host Sampdoria at the Stadio Grande Torino on Wednesday evening.

Nicolas Nkoulou will return to the starting eleven following suspension, although Iago Falque picked up an injury against Fiorentina and will miss out.

Sampdoria are one of the form teams in the division, having won four of their last five games which has catapulted them into the conversation for European qualification.

However, the reverse fixture back in November was arguably Torino's finest performance of the season as they claimed an impressive 4-1 victory.

Torino 1-1 Sampdoria