Sunday, 30 October 2016

Udinese v Torino Preview

After suffering defeat in mid-week, Torino will try to get back to winning ways when they travel to Udinese on Monday evening.

Sinisa Mihajlovic was disappointed in the performance at the San Siro so multiple changes are expected, Daniele Baselli and Marco Benassi should both come into the midfield, whilst Lucas Boyè could also feature.

Udinese have won their last two fixtures against relegation candidates Pescara and Palermo but Toro have good memories of this stadium - as they won 5-1 back in April. 

Udinese 1-3 Torino

Friday, 28 October 2016

Inter 2-1 Torino

Torino fell to a first defeat since mid-September after Mauro Icardi's late goal was enough for Inter to claim all three points.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made three changes from the side who rescued a point late on against Lazio as Emiliano Moretti replaced the injured Leandro Castan and midfielders Afriyie Acquah and Joel Obi both came into the starting eleven.

Portuguese midfielder João Mário had the first chance of the match for the home side but his long range effort whistled past the post. 

Ten minutes before half time Inter took the lead and it will be one which Toro goalkeeper Joe Hart would like to forget. It looked as though the England international would intercept Antonio Candreva's over hit through ball, but the former Manchester City man failed to claim the ball cleanly and it ricocheted off Mauro Icardi's trailing leg and into the net.

Mihajlovic was not pleased with Toro's first half display and bought on Maxi Lopez for Iago Falque and changed the formation to 4-3-1-2. 

Joe Hart made amends for his earlier error by making a good save to deny Marcelo Brozović, and moments later the Granata were level. Hart's goal kick somehow made its way to Andrea Belotti, and thanks to some comical defending from Cristian Ansaldi and Jeison Murillo, the Italian international was able to fire a powerful left footed shot past Samir Handanović.

Inter should have taken the lead almost immediately after the restart, but Brozović somehow managed to miss a free header from only three yards out, whilst Candreva and Icardi also missed good chances. 

However, with only two minutes remaining, Icardi received the ball with his back to goal before turning Luca Rossettini and unleashing a fierce shot into the corner of Joe Hart's net to give Frank De Boer's side a much needed victory. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Inter v Torino Preview

Torino will be looking to increase the pressure on Inter coach Frank De Boer when they travel to the San Siro on Wednesday evening.

Toro will be without Leandro Castan so Emiliano Moretti or Cesare Bovo could deputise, whilst Afriyie Acquah could also come into the starting eleven.

Inter coach Frank De Boer could be sacked should the home side fail to beat Toro, as the Milan club have lost four of their last five games - and the one victory was an extremely fortuitous one against Southampton in the Europa League.

Torino have an impressive recent record at the San Siro against Inter, winning on their previous two visits.

Inter 1-1 Torino

Torino 2-2 Lazio

Torino extended their unbeaten record to six games thanks to Adem Ljajic's injury time penalty against Lazio on Sunday afternoon.

Sinisa Mihajlovic kept faith with the same eleven who convincingly beat Palermo on Monday evening, as Toro looked for a fourth consecutive victory.

Toro started brightly and were ahead after only twenty minutes when Davide Zappacosta's excellent cross was headed home by the unlikely figure of Iago Falque.

Lazio should have been level when Keita Balde ran through on goal, but the Senegalese international put his shot wide under pressure from Leandro Castan.

Former Toro striker Ciro Immobile was heavily jeered by the home supporters who felt betrayed by the way he left the club in the summer, and he was denied an equaliser at the start of the second half by a good save from Joe Hart.

However, with twenty minutes remaining, Immobile scored the goal that seemed inevitable as he met Felipe Anderson's cross with a fine bicycle kick.

Mihajlovic made an attacking change in search of a winner as Maxi Lopez replaced Marco Benassi, but it was Lazio who were now looking the more dangerous side, and Hart made another good save to deny Danilo Cataldi.

However from the resulting corner, youngster Alessandro Murgia was left unmarked and the substitute headed home with only six minutes left.

Lucas Boyé was sent on immediately as Toro ended the game with five attackers on the pitch, and were rewarded for their bravery when they were awarded a penalty following Marco Parolo's hand ball.

Adem Ljajic took the penalty and put it straight down the middle to earn Toro a share of the spoils, which in all honesty, was probably a fair result.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Torino v Lazio Preview

Torino will look to earn a fourth consecutive victory when they face Lazio at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

After Toro's impressive 4-1 victory at Palermo on Monday, confidence is high in the Granata camp and they will hope to continue that against a Lazio side ravaged by injuries.

However former Toro favourite Ciro Immobile should start for the away side who are in good form themselves and are level on points with Torino.

Torino 2-1 Lazio

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Palermo 1-4 Torino

Torino secured their first away win of the season as they recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Palermo 4-1 on Monday night.

The Granata made two changes from the team who beat Fiorentina before the international break as Adem Ljajic was preferred to Lucas Boyé on the left wing, and Daniele Baselli came in for Afriyie Acquah.

Toro made a bright start but were behind after only five minutes when Ivaylo Chochev headed home Alessandro Diamanti's excellent cross. However the away side equalised twenty minutes later when Iago Falque found Adem Ljajic in space, and the Serbian winger fired a shot into the top corner from just outside the area.

That goal meant gave the former Fiorentina man confidence, and he gave Torino the lead with another outstanding finish, this time from just inside the area as he curled the ball into the far corner.

On the stroke of half time, Toro added a third goal after good work from Mirko Valdifiori and Daniele Baselli allowed captain Marco Benassi to fire home.

Five minutes into the second half, Torino added a fourth goal to end the game as a contest when Iago Falque's cross found Daniele Baselli whose mis-kick crawled over the line.

Toro's intensity levels dropped towards the end of the second half which enabled the home side to have a few good chances, but even a late floodlight failure could not deny Toro a third consecutive victory.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Palermo v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it three wins in a row when they travel to Sicily to face Palermo on Monday evening.

The Granata will be without the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri and Giuseppe Vives but Serbian winger Adem Ljajic is now fully fit.

Andrea Belotti is in excellent form and scored his first goal for Italy in Macedonia last week, and will be looking to continue that form against his former team.

Palermo have improved in recent weeks following the appointment of former Foggia coach Roberto De Zerbi, but have lost all three games at home this season.

Palermo 0-1 Torino

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Torino continued their recent form with an impressive 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Sunday evening.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made only two changes from the side who beat Roma last weekend with Davide Zappacosta and Afriyie Acquah coming in to replace the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri and Joel Obi.

Just as they had seven days previously, Toro started well and Andrea Belotti came close early on when his header hit the side netting. The Granata were ahead after just fifteen minutes when Iago Falque won the ball and then drove at the Viola defence before finishing with a lovely left footed finish past Ciprian Tătărușanu.

Nikola Kalinic had the best chance of the first half for Fiorentina, but his free header was straight at Joe Hart who was able to turn it away for a corner.

Toro doubled their lead on the hour mark when Falque turned provider when his exquisite pass found captain Marco Benassi who turned and finished well.

Joe Hart made another good save to deny Borja Valero, but the England international could do nothing to prevent Khouma Babacar from getting a goal back with ten minutes remaining, as the Senegalese striker lost Luca Rossettini before heading home.

Substitute Josef Martinez could have added a third for Toro but he was denied by Tătărușanu, but in the end it didn't matter as Torino held on for all three points.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will look to build on their impressive performance against Roma when they face Fiorentina on Sunday evening.

Maxi Lopez and Adem Ljajic are both available for selection, but the impressive form of Lucas Boyé means that the Argentine youngster should retain his place.

Fiorentina come into this game in good form having thrashed Azerbaijani side Qarabağ 5-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, however the Viola are yet to win away from home this season.

Torino 1-1 Fiorentina