Saturday, 30 April 2016

Udinese v Torino Preview

After two successive defeats, Torino will look to end the season on a high when they travel to Udine on Saturday evening.

Toro will be without Joel Obi who was injured in the warm up last weekend against Sassuolo, whilst Maxi Lopez could be available to start after featuring in the closing stages of that match.

The home side probably need one more win to guarantee their Serie A status, and have been impressive at home recently - beating Napoli and Fiorentina in the past month.

Prediction
Udinese 1-1 Torino

Monday, 25 April 2016

Torino 1-3 Sassuolo

The party atmosphere at the newly renamed Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino was ruined by visitors Sassuolo who ran out 3-1 winners on Sunday afternoon.

Joel Obi, who was so impressive in the narrow defeat at Roma, was injured in the warm up so Afriyie Acquah started in his place.

The away side took the lead with only two minutes on the clock when Alfred Duncan's cross was headed home by Nicola Sansone.

However, Toro were level just five minutes later after a swift counter attack that was started by Daniele Baselli, and finished by Bruno Peres - who has now scored in consecutive home games.

Torino should have gone into the break in the lead, but Josef Martinez hit the bar when one on one with Andrea Consigli.

Andrea Belotti had Toro's best chance of the second half, but he blazed over the bar after good work from his strike partner Martinez.

And the Granata were made to pay for that miss when Domenico Berardi's corner was headed home by former Juve defender Federico Peluso with fifteen minutes remaining.

Sassuolo made the scoreline even more convincing with the last kick of the game, as former Fulham striker Marcello Trotta broke clear before finishing past Daniele Padelli.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Torino v Sassuolo Preview

Torino will look to rebound after their late defeat against Roma when they face Sassuolo at the newly renamed Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

After an online petition by Toro supporters, the local council have agreed to honour Torino's greatest ever team by renaming the stadium after the side who tragically died in the Superga air crash.

Toro will be without the injured Nikola Maksimovic so Cesare Bovo should return, whilst youngster Simone Edera keeps his place in the squad.

Sassuolo are currently in 7th place and have enjoyed another good season under coach Eusebio Di Francesco, but have only won one of their last six matches.

Prediction
Torino 1-1 Sassuolo

Friday, 22 April 2016

Roma 3-2 Torino

Torino slipped to a 3-2 defeat against Roma on Wednesday evening, as the home side were thankful for a memorable contribution from captain Francesco Totti.

Nikola Maksimovic, Gaston Silva and Alessandro Gazzi all came into the side, whilst Andrea Belotti continued to partner Josef Martinez up front. 

It was the Venezuelan striker Martinez who had the first chance of the game, as he received Bruno Peres' pass on his chest, flicked the ball past Kostas Manolas, but then blazed his volley high over the bar.

Toro were continuing to create chances, and this time it was the inform Andrea Belotti whose long range shot hit the post.

Ten minutes before the break, Torino were awarded a penalty when Kostas Manolas was penalised for pulling back Belotti in the area. The former Palermo man sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way to give Toro a deserved half time lead. 

With twenty-five minutes remaining, Kostas Manolas made amends for his earlier error by heading home Diego Perotti's corner to equalise. 

However, with ten minutes remaining a well worked move by the Granata culminated in Josef Martinez tapping home Bruno Peres' cross - and the former Young Boys striker finally scored his first goal of this season.

The home side needed divine intervention, and with five minutes remaining Luciano Spalletti bought on Roma captain Francesco Totti, in what could be his final season with the club.

Within twenty-two seconds Roma got the intervention they were looking for, as Totti got the final touch on a Miralem Pjanic free kick to equalise.

With the Stadio Olimpico now rocking, the home side side were awarded a controversial penalty moments later, as Nikola Maksimovic was adjudged to have handled Perotti's cross.

Francesco Totti stepped up to take the penalty, which narrowly beat Daniele Padelli but remarkably the Roma captain had now had two touches and scored two goals.

Giampiero Ventura threw on Primavera product Simone Edera in the dying seconds in search of an equaliser, but it was not to be. Despite an impressive performance, Toro fell to defeat on a night that belonged to one man - Francesco Totti.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Roma v Torino Preview

After three successive wins, Torino will travel to Rome on Wednesday evening with renewed confidence.

With Maxi Lopez still out with a fever, Giampiero Ventura has called up strikers Simone Edera and Leonardo Candellone from the Primavera side to act as cover for Andrea Belotti and Josef Martinez.

Edera has scored eleven goals in twenty-eight games at youth level this season, whilst Candellone has twelve goals in thirty-two matches.

Roma are currently on a twelve match unbeaten run, but have drawn their last two matches which may give the Granata hope of causing an upset.

Prediction
Roma 2-0 Torino

Monday, 18 April 2016

Bologna 0-1 Torino

Andrea Belotti's stoppage time penalty was enough for Torino to claim all three points at the Stadio Renato Dell'Ara on Saturday afternoon.

Maxi Lopez was not available, so Belotti was partnered in attack by Josef Martinez, whilst Joel Obi retained his place in midfield.

It was Martinez who had Toro's first chance of the game, but his low shot from outside the area was well saved by Antonio Mirante. 

Chances were few and far between in the Bologna sun, but mid-way through the second half, former Juve man Emanuele Giaccherini saw his shot hit the base of the post and roll clear of danger. 

In injury time, Josef Martinez came close to scoring his long-awaited first goal of the season, but the Venezuelan's shot went wide of the far post. 

However, the drama was still to come as in the third minute of injury time, Andrea Belotti was tripped in the area by Luca Rossettini and the referee awarded a penalty.

Belotti stepped up to take the penalty himself, and he sent Mirante the wrong way to give Toro all three points.

Forza Toro

Friday, 15 April 2016

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino will look to win three successive league games for the first time this season when they face Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Saturday evening. 

Andrea Belotti is expected to be rested so Josef Martinez could get a rare start, whilst Afriyie Acquah's injury could allow Marco Benassi and Daniele Baselli to both start. 

Bologna ended their run of three successive defeats with a surprise draw against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday, but the Rossoblu have not won in seven games.

Prediction
Bologna 1-1 Torino