Monday, 5 December 2016

Sampdoria 2-0 Torino

Torino lost their first game since late October as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon.

Toro made a bright start as Iago Falque hit the bar in the early stages, whilst Adem Ljajic's free kick forced a save out of Christian Puggioni.

Puggioni made another save to deny Andrea Belotti at the start of the second half, and Toro were then made to pay for their missed chances.

Once again it was a set piece that caused the Toro defence problems, and that allowed Edgar Barreto to swivel and stab the ball into the far corner.

Toro went in search of an equaliser, and Belotti was once again denied by Puggioni and substitute Maxi Lopez saw a goal narrowly disallowed for offside.

In the dying seconds, Toro were dealt a sucker punch as Czech striker Patrick Schick fired through Joe Hart's legs to seal all three points for Samp.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Torino will look to celebrate their birthday in style when they face Sinisa Mihajlovic's former team Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata were formed 110 years ago on December 3rd 1906, and Mihajlovic has expressed his desire for the team to put on a performance to commemorate the occasion with three points.

Sampdoria are in decent form and are unbeaten in their four games and have won their last three home games. Former Toro striker Fabio Quagliarella has scored four goals this season for Samp, and is sure to get a lively reception from the away fans due to the controversial way his Toro career ended.

Prediction
Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Torino 4-0 Pisa (AET)

Torino progressed to the last sixteen of the Coppa Italia with a 4-0 victory over Pisa, but Toro needed extra time to get past the Serie B side.

As expected, Sinisa Mihajlovic made eleven changes from the side who beat Chievo, with Arlind Arjeti, Sasa Lukic and Maxi Lopez amongst those given rare starts.

It was the Ghanaian midfielder Acquah who had Toro's best chance in the first half, but he was denied by an excellent save from Samir Ujkani.

The Granata were finding it tough to break down Gennaro Gattuso's men, and bought on Adem Ljajic in an effort to find a goal. However, it was the Tuscan side who came closest to opening the scoring, but Daniele Padelli made a stunning save to deny Andrea Lisuzzo.

Pisa were reduced to ten men when Andrea Lazzari couldn't continue due to injury, and the away side had already made all three changes. Maxi Lopez smashed a shot of the crossbar in the dying moments, but Toro still couldn't find a break through so the game went into extra time.

The Granata needed only two minutes to find that all important goal, as Adem Ljajic fired a shot past Ujkani from just outside the area. The floodgates then opened in the second half of extra time, as Maxi Lopez, Lucas Boyé and Andrea Belotti added there name to the score sheet and Toro secured a tie with AC Milan in the next round.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Torino v Pisa Preview

Torino will look to make it into the last 16 of the Coppa Italia when they face Serie B side Pisa on Tuesday evening.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has named a strong squad, but he may take this opportunity to rotate his squad and use fringe players such as Cesare Bovo, Afriyie Acquah and Josef Martinez.

Pisa, who are coached by former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, are currently 15th in Serie B but have only scored seven goals in sixteen league games.

Prediction
Torino 3-0 Pisa

Torino 2-1 Chievo

Torino made it three successive league wins with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Chievo on Saturday evening.

The Granata made a bright start and Andrea Belotti and Adem Ljajic both had half chances to open the scoring. Ten minutes before half time, Antonio Barreca's excellent cross found Iago Falque unmarked at the far post and the Spaniard headed past Stefano Sorrentino to give Toro the lead.

Torino doubled their lead three minutes later and it was that man Falque who curled an exquisite left footed shot into the top corner.

Toro were given a fright in the closing stages when Roberto Inglese headed home Valter Birsa's corner with only five minutes remaining. However, Chievo's chances of salvaging a draw were damaged when Fabrizio Cacciatore was sent off for dissent in the final minute.

Davide Zappacosta should have added a third goal with the last kick of the game, but he shot wide with Adem Ljajic and Andrea Belotti well placed.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Torino v Chievo Preview

Torino will look for a third consecutive victory when they host Chievo at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening.

Top scorer and talisman  Andrea Belotti has recovered from a bout of flu and should be fit to start, whilst Lorenzo De Silvestri is expected to replace Davide Zappacosta at right back.

Chievo are on a poor run of form, and have only won one of their last six fixtures, a 1-0 victory over Cagliari last time out.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Chievo

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Crotone 0-2 Torino

Andrea Belotti proved his importance to Torino once again as the Italian international scored two late goals to give Toro all three points at Crotone.

There was only one enforced change for the Granata, as Emiliano Moretti replaced Antonio Barreca at left back with the youngster suffering from flu.

It was the home side who had the first chance as Andrea Barberis tried his luck from long range, but he was denied by a good save from Joe Hart. The England international was forced into action again, as his poor pass presented the ball to Marcello Trotta, but Hart made amends to deny the former Brentford striker.

Toro were dominating possession in the second half, but were struggling to create clear cut chances, so Sinisa Mihajlovic brought on strikers Josef Martinez and Lucas Boyé in an attempt to find a winner.

With ten minutes remaining, Adem Ljajic's through ball found Andrea Belotti who calmly finished past Alex Cordaz - although replays did show the former Palermo man was narrowly offside.

In the final minute, Belotti eased any Toro nerves by firing home a fine left footed strike after excellent work from Boyé to seal all three points.