Friday, 13 January 2012

Torino V Ascoli Preview

After a run of three games without a victory, Torino are desperate to gain a long-awaited a victory , with Hellas Verona and Sassuolo both closing in on the league leaders.

On paper, the visit of bottom side Ascoli should be a good opportunity to gain all three points, but as all Torino fans are aware - Toro never do anything easily. In the reverse fixture, which was also the first game of the season, Torino came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a late goal by Nnamdi Oduamadi.

The Nigerian winger is included in the Torino squad for Saturday's game, and he will be competing with Simone Verdi for a starting position on the wing. Toro will be without Manuel Iori and Giulio Ebagua after both players were sent off against Albinoleffe - therefore Giuseppe Vives and Migjen Basha are almost certain to be the two central midfielders.

Rolando Bianchi will once again aim to end his scoring drought, as the former Manchester City striker has not found the net since October 15th against Juve Stabia. Incredibly, Bianchi is only ten goals away from overtaking Ezio Loik to become Torino's tenth highest goalscorer of all time. However, he will have to return to form quickly (and not leave in January) in order to achieve that goal this season.

Visitors Ascoli may be bottom of the table, but in reality this is a false position due to the team being deducted seven points this season for various misdemeanours. As a Southampton fan, I'm also fully aware of the unpredictable talents of former striker Papa Waigo. Therefore the Torino defence should also be wary of the striker, who has scored seven goals this season. 

Forza Torino

Prediction
Torino 2-0 Ascoli

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