With just two games remaining in the regular Serie B season, Torino know that victories in both games will guarantee their place in the end of season playoffs, and maintain their hopes of a return to Serie A.
Therefore, tonight's game against playoff rivals Empoli is arguably Torino's most important since last season playoff final against Brescia, because a defeat against the Tuscan club would almost certainly end their promotion dreams.
Torino are currently unbeaten since the return of Franco Lerda as coach, and whilst that does sound impressive, they have only won four of those eight matches, though they were victorious last time out against Triestina. Meanwhile, Empoli know a victory would catapult themselves above Torino into sixth place, and have won their last two fixtures.
Torino have included speedy winger Dejan Lazarevic in the squad, and he could return to the starting line up after missing a few games due to injury.