Friday, 20 April 2012

Bari V Torino Preview

Torino will make the long journey south to Bari on Saturday afternoon to face Giampiero Ventura's former side, as they look to cement their position at the top of the Serie B table.

Toro have not completed a match for three weeks after the home match against Reggina was abandoned at half time due to torrential rain, whilst last week's fixture against Sassuolo was postponed after the tragic death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini.

After playing a 4-3-3 formation against Reggina, Toro may revert back to Ventura's favoured 4-2-4 formation against Bari, and Cristian Pasquato may be included in the starting eleven for the first time since arriving in January.

Bari have endured a difficult season following their relegation from Serie A, and their campaign has also been disrupted by their rumoured involvement in the Calcio Scomesse match fixing scandal that has rocked Italian football.

On the field, Bari are currently in ensconced in mid-table with little hope of reaching the playoffs. Interestingly, the club has actually fared much better away from home this season - although there was little evidence of this in their last outing, a 4-1 defeat at Hellas Verona.

Prediction
Bari 1-2 Torino

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