Saturday, 22 February 2014
Juventus V Torino Preview
However, Toro will go into Sunday's derby brimming with confidence, the second half performance against Hellas Verona on Monday was one of the finest in many a year and for once they do not have the threat of a relegation battle looming ahead of the derby.
The goal scoring exploits of Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile have been much publicised, and given the form of these two players they will certainly feel like a goal will be a possibility. However, if Toro are to emerge victorious, the performance of the defence and goalkeeper Daniele Padelli will have to be excellent as well.
Giampiero Ventura will have a big decision to make over whether he keeps faith with Nikola Maksimovic in the Toro back three, or whether Cesare Bovo who played in the game against Hellas will stay in the starting eleven. Giuseppe Vives has been reborn this season as the play maker in the Torino midfield and is likely to start with Jasmin Kurtic and Omar El Kaddouri, although don't be surprised if the more defensive option, Migjen Basha is preferred.
Juventus were in action on Thursday night in the Europa League, as they laboured to a 2-0 victory over Trabzonspor, and were at times unconvincing. Juve have injury doubts over Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Cheillini, which could mean Angelo Ogbonna will make his first appearance against Torino since leaving the club in the summer.
The Granata have had a good season so far, and whilst qualification for the Europa League would be an exceptional achievement, I think the majority of Toro fans would rather see a victory in the derby tomorrow evening.