Friday, 21 September 2012

Sampdoria V Torino Preview

Torino will be looking to bounce back against Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, after suffering their first defeat of the season at home to Inter last time out.

The Granata's central midfield looked a little weak against the Nerazzurri, and therefore Giampiero Ventura may decide to line Toro up in a 4-3-3 formation, as he did in their last away game against Siena. If the formation does change, we could see Alessio Cerci, Giuseppe Vives and Gianluca Sansone come into the starting eleven.

Fellow newly promoted side Sampdoria have made an extraordinary start to the season, winning their opening three matches, including a shock 1-0 victory at the San Siro against AC Milan. Maxi Lopez, who was a transfer target for Torino in the summer has already scored three times for his new club and is certainly Sampdoria's danger man. Fellow new signing Enzo Maresca, who is disliked by all Torino fans after he mocked Marco Ferrante's trademark celebration in the derby ten years ago, is expected to retain his place in midfield for the home side.

Toro have fond memories of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, as it was the scene of one of their most impressive victories in last season's promotion campaign, a 2-1 victory with goals from Sergiu Suciu and Rolando Bianchi - a repeat of that scoreline would be most welcome.

Prediction
Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

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