Friday, 13 May 2011

Torino V Triestina Preview

Despite being unbeaten in their last seven fixtures, Torino have not won any of their last four games, therefore tomorrow's home match against Triestina has to be classed in the 'must win' category in order for Toro to keep their playoff destiny in their own hands.

As things currently stand, Torino occupy 6th place, but the race for the final playoff position could not be tighter, with no less than four sides hypothetically being able to overtake Toro should they fail to win on Saturday. Therefore, nothing less than three points will do, in a fixture, which is on paper at least, Torino's easiest remaining match. The reason for that is because their opponents, Triestina, currently find themselves in one of the three automatic relegation places, and have only won three matches away from home all season.

Torino's habit to concede the first goal (which has happened in the last four matches) is becoming an increasing worry, and whilst the team have shown battling qualities in order to fight back and gain a draw in each of these fixtures, Toro must get off to a quick start against Triestina. In fact, the last time Torino scored within the first ten minutes, they went on to win the match 4-0 (against Ascoli), thus emphasising how beneficial a good start can be.

Mirco Antenucci's lack of goalscoring form is a worry, and could perhaps see Franco Lerda revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation, whilst it will be interesting to see whether Angelo Ogbonna will return to his normal centre back position, or whether he will continue to be deployed as a full back.

Forza Torino

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