Friday, 11 March 2011

Torino V Livorno Preview

Torino will begin their reign under the stewardship of new coach Giuseppe Papadopulo with a home game against Livorno, who are coincidentally managed by former Toro coach Walter Novellino. After two successive defeats, which ultimately cost Franco Lerda his job, Torino will be eager to get back to winning ways and keep their playoff dreams alive. Livorno currently lie just one point and one place behind Toro, so will still believe in their own chances of reaching the top six.

However, Torino will be weary that even if they gain a position in the top six at the end of the season, the playoffs may not be held, because if their is a gap of ten or more points between the teams that finish 3rd and 4th, the 3rd place team would be promoted automatically. Whilst the gap between Novara (currently in 3rd) and Varese (currently 4th) stands at seven points, Toro must hope this gap does not widen, or else, as happened in the 2006-2007, the playoffs would not be held.

Angelo Ogbonna has recovered from flu and is expected to start, whilst Agostino Garafolo is included in the squad and could regain his position at left back.

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