Sunday, 15 September 2019

Torino v Lecce Preview

Torino will hope to maintain their 100% league record when they face Lecce at the Stadio Grande Torino on Monday evening.

Nicolas Nkoulou will not return to training until Tuesday, despite apologising during the week for his behaviour in the weeks leading up to the closure of the transfer window. Therefore, Armando Izzo, Kevin Bonifazi and Koffi Djidji should continue in the back three, although Lyanco is also included in the squad for the first time this season.

Simone Verdi is unlikely to feature from the start, but could make a second debut for the club from the bench, whilst Simone Zaza has also recovered from injury and is available for selection.

Lecce have enjoyed an incredible rise in recent seasons, achieving successive promotions in order to earn their place in Serie A this campaign. However, the Giallorossi have so far struggled at a higher level and have lost both of their games without scoring.

Prediction
Torino 3-0 Lecce

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Atalanta 2-3 Torino

Torino produced an impressive performance as they came from behind to beat Atalanta 3-2 and maintain their 100% start to the Serie A season.

Koffi Djidji replaced Bremer in the back three, whilst Alex Berenguer replaced the injured Simone Zaza as the main support for Andrea Belotti,

Toro had the first chance of the game as Daniele Baselli's clipped free kick found Armando Izzo at the far post, but his header was clawed off the line by Pierluigi Gollini.

However, the Granata did not have to wait long before taking the lead, as another Daniele Baselli set piece, this time a short corner, found Kevin Bonifazi, and the defender's bullet header went past a helpless Gollini.

Atalanta equalised fifteen minutes later as a flowing passing move culminated in a calm finish from Duvan Zapata. The Colombian almost scored a carbon copy of that goal just before half time, but this time, his shot went wide of the post.

Just ten minutes into the second half, Zapata did score again - this time a sensational solo effort as he ran from the half way line before hitting a powerful shot past Salvatore Sirigu.

However, Toro showed great character to equalise just three minutes later as Alex Berenguer exchanged passes with Soualiho Meite before curling home from a difficult angle.

With twenty five minutes remaining, Toro took the lead as another Daniele Baselli free kick caused havoc in the Atalanta defence and allowed Armando Izzo to head home at the far post.

Luis Muriel and Hans Hateboer both missed late chances to earn Atalanta a point, but Toro held on to claim a vital victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Atalanta v Torino Preview

Torino face Atalanta on Sunday evening and will look to immediately recovery from the disappointment of their Europa League elimination. 

This match will be played in Parma, due to renovations taking place at Atalanta's stadium, and Toro will be looking to take inspiration from their 'hosts'.

Twelve months ago, the Bergamo side were also eliminated from the Europa League before the group stages, however, they were then able to qualify for the Champions League.

Toro will be without the injured Simone Zaza who picked up an injury in the defeat to Wolves, so Alex Berenguer should support Andrea Belotti in attack.

Atalanta had a dramatic start to the Serie A season last weekend, as they came from 2-0 behind away to SPAL to win 3-2, with new signing Luis Muriel scoring twice.

Prediction
Atalanta 2-1 Torino

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Wolves 2-1 Torino

Torino were eliminated from the Europa League as they lost 2-1 on the night in Wolverhampton and 5-3 on aggregate.

As expected, Ola Aina, Tomas Rincon and Sasa Lukic came into the starting eleven, whilst Kevin Bonifazi replaced the wantaway Nicolas Nkoulou who remained in Turin.

Toro started the better but could only create half chances with Ola Aina and Tomas Rincon firing wide. The home side then took the lead against the run of play when Adama Traore's cross was poked home by Raul Jimenez against the run of play.

Toro had a good chance to equalise before half time, but Simone Zaza's header was straight at goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Granata did score a deserved equaliser when Daniele Baselli's free kick was headed home by Andrea Belotti. However, almost immediately, Wolves re-gained the lead in slightly fortuitous fashion as Bremer's poor clearance went straight to Leander Dendoncker and his shot hit both posts before going in.

With Toro needing two goals to force extra time, they were giving everything in order to prolong their European adventure and Simone Zaza missed two half chances before going off injured.

Soualiho Meite and Andrea Belotti also missed great chances when well placed in the dying stages, and that could have produced a frenetic ending - but it wasn't to be.

Forza Toro

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Wolves v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Wolverhampton looking to overturn a 3-2 first leg deficit in order to progress to the Europa League group stages.

Toro will be without Nicolas Nkoulou who has not travelled to England with speculation surrounding his future still remaining, whilst the injured Cristian Ansaldi should be replaced by Ola Aina in defence.

Wolves could only manage a 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend, and Nuno Espirito Santo may make changes for the second leg, with Adama Traore once again expected to feature.

Prediction
Wolves 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Torino 2-1 Sassuolo

Torino began the Serie A season with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Sassuolo at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday evening.

Kevin Bonifazi started in defence with Nicolas Nkoulou asking not to be considered for selection due to transfer speculation linking him with a move to Roma. In midfield, Sasa Lukic and Tomas Rincon replaced Alex Berenguer and Soualiho Meite who were disappointing in the defeat against Wolves.

Toro made a good start and were ahead on fourteen minutes when Cristian Ansaldi's cross was headed home by Simone Zaza. Toro almost doubled their lead after good play by Andrea Belotti, but Lorenzo De Silvestri was denied by Andrea Consigli.

At the start of the second half, Salvatore Sirigu made a miraculous save to deny Pedro Obiang from a corner and ensure parity.

Torino then doubled their lead in extremely fortuitous circumstances, as Andrea Belotti's shot from outside the area deflected off the heel of Simone Zaza and into the net. Incredibly, the goal has now been awarded to Belotti, rather than a brace for the former Sassuolo man.

The away side ensured a nervy ending for the Granata as Jeremie Boga's initial shot hit the post, but Francesco Caputo was on hand to tap home. Boga was continuing to cause problems for the Toro defence, and he forced a save from Salvatore Sirigu in the dying moments, but Torino did enough to hold on for all three points.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Torino v Sassuolo Preview

Torino will begin the 2019/20 Serie A campaign with a home match against Sassuolo on Sunday evening.

After the disappointing result against Wolves, Walter Mazzarri may make a few changes with speculation that Kevin Bonifazi may replace Nicolas Nkoulou in the back three.

Captain Andrea Belotti has scored spectacular overhead kicks in the last two home games against Sassuolo, and could complete a remarkable hat trick in this fixture.

Sassuolo will be without the suspended Domenico Berardi, but new signings Jeremy Toljan, Hamed Traore and Pedro Obiang should all make their league debuts.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Sassuolo