Saturday, 8 October 2011

Hellas Verona V Torino Preview

Torino will play their third game in nine days when they face a difficult away trip to the Stadio Bentegodi to play Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon.

Torino were not at their best against a stubborn Grosseto side in midweek, but thanks to an own goal, they were able to get the victory that put them three points clear at the top of the Serie B table. Angelo Ogbonna is away with Italy on international duty, so Valerio Di Cesare is expected to come in, whilst captain Rolando Bianchi should return to starting eleven after being on the bench on Wednesday night.

After being promoted to Serie B after an absence of four years, Hellas Verona have made a solid start to the season, and have twelve points from their eight games so far. Their home form has been particularly impressive, as although they were beaten at home by Pescara on the opening weekend of the season, they have beaten Sassuolo and held Padova and Sampdoria to draws.

After speaking with Hellas fan Charles Ducksbury on Twitter, Toro fans will be pleased to hear that their top scorer Juan Ignacio Gomez will miss the game through injury. However, Croatian striker Sasa Bjelanovic, who once had a short spell at Torino, may be a threat.

Simone Verdi and Nnamdi Oduamadi have returned to the Torino squad after injuries, and one of the two players may be in line to replace Alen Stevanovic who is being rested.

Forza Torino

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