Sunday, 6 May 2012
Torino V Padova Preview
The race for promotion is tighter than ever as just one point separates the four teams, and with Padova looking to gain a place in the playoffs, this match promises to be an entertaining affair. If that wasn't enough, there is already some ill feeling between Toro and Padova after the reverse fixture was abandoned due to floodlight failure, and although Torino were initially awarded the victory, that decision has since been reversed.
Torino will be without the suspended Matteo Darmian so Danilo D'Ambrosio should replace him with Alessandro Parisi coming in at left back. Top scorer Mirco Antenucci should also return after starting to the bench against Livorno on Tuesday.
Opponents Padova appeared favourites to finish in the top six earlier this season, but after suffering defeats against Pescara and Sassuolo (two teams that Torino still have to play) they have slipped out of the playoff positions. In their last match against Sassuolo, both centre backs were sent off (Portin and Trevisan), whilst their two full backs (Legati and Renzetti) were booked which means Padova will arrive at the Stadio Olimpico with their first choice defence all suspended.
Torino 2-0 Padova