Sunday, 23 April 2017

Chievo 1-3 Torino

Torino have won consecutive away games for the first time this season following an impressive 3-1 victory at Chievo.

Danilo Avelar made his first start of the season at left back, whilst Luca Rossettini and Lucas Boyé also came into the starting eleven.

Boyé looked lively in the opening stages, and his deflected shot forced a good save from former Toro keeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Toro took the lead early in the second half as Adem Ljajic found space and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the area. The Granata doubled their lead four minutes later when substitute Davide Zappacosta fired home a sensational volley as the home side failed to clear a corner.

However, Torino's long wait for a clean sheet will go on as Chievo pulled a goal back through veteran striker Sergio Pellissier who scored with a clever chipped finish over Joe Hart.

On this occasion, Torino's defensive frailties didn't come back to haunt them as Iago Falque's deflected strike made sure of all three points with fifteen minutes remaining.

Forza Toro

Chievo v Torino Preview

Torino will look to maintain their recent unbeaten record when they travel to Verona to face Chievo on Sunday afternoon.

However, Toro have only won one of their last four matches since last tasting defeat - however that victory did come in their last away game at Cagliari.

Danilo Avelar is included in the squad and could start with Cristian Molinaro injured, whilst youngsters Matteo Rossetti and Manuel De Luca have been called up to the squad with Sasa Lukic and Juan Iturbe unavailable.

Chievo are safely ensconced in mid-table, however their recent form has been poor - losing their last four matches.

Prediction
Chievo 1-2 Torino

Monday, 17 April 2017

Torino 1-1 Crotone

Torino were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Crotone on Saturday afternoon, despite Andrea Belotti scoring once again.

Sinisa Mihajlovic decided to field an attacking 4-2-4 line up, with Maxi Lopez partnering Andrea Belotti up front with Adem Ljajic and Iago Falque on the wings.

However, it was the away side who had the first chance but Lorenzo Crisetig fired narrowly over the bar from long range after Toro failed to clear their lines.

At the other end, Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz was in fine form as he made great stops from close range to deny both Belotti and Lopez, and also tipped a long range Adem Ljajic effort over the bar.

Cordaz continued to frustrate Toro, this time making excellent reflex saves from Davide Zappacosta and then Iago Falque.

With twenty-five minutes remaining the Granata were awarded a penalty when Federico Ceccherini fouled Andrea Belotti in the area. Despite missing from the spot on three occasions already this season, Belotti stepped up to take the spot kick and the outstanding Cordaz was finally beaten.

However, with ten minutes remaining Crotone scored a shock equaliser as Joe Hart failed to deal with a deep cross and Andrea Nalini headed the ball back across goal for Simy to score.

In injury time, Andrea Belotti almost turned provider for Lucas Boyé, but the Argentine was denied by an excellent challenge from Nalini to earn a much needed point for Crotone.

Forza Toro

Friday, 14 April 2017

Torino v Crotone Preview

After two consecutive 2-2 draws at the Stadio Grande Torino, Toro will hope to claim all three points when they welcome relegation threatened Crotone on Saturday afternoon.

Carlão should retain his position in the centre of defence after an impressive debut against Cagliari last week, whilst Marco Benassi could replace the suspended Afriyie Acquah,

After winning back-to-back games, including an impressive win over Inter last weekend Crotone are now just three points away from 17th placed Empoli. However, they have only won one away game all season so Toro will go into this game as heavy favourites.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Crotone

Monday, 10 April 2017

Cagliari 2-3 Torino

Torino recorded their first away win since November as they came from behind to beat Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

Brazilian defender Carlão made his debut at centre back, whilst Toro lined up in a new 4-2-3-1 formation with Adem Ljajic moved into a more central role.

With less than twenty minutes gone on the clock, the Granata conceded a penalty when Carlão was adjudged to have pulled back Artur Ionita in the area, and Marco Borriello stepped up to convert.

However, Toro soon equalised as nice interplay between Andrea Belotti and Adem Ljajic resulted in the Serbian scoring an exquisite strike from distance. Torino then took the lead six minutes later when Davide Zappacosta's cross was headed home by Andrea Belotti - his 24th league goal of an incredible campaign.

Torino extended their lead in the early stages of the second half, as Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah once again scored a great goal from outside the area after receiving a pass from Iago Falque.

Cagliari scored a second goal in injury time to give Toro a nervous few moments as Kwang Song Han became the first North Korean to score in Serie A as he headed home Diego Farias' cross, but Torino held on for all three points.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Cagliari v Torino Preview

Torino will look to earn their first away win since November when they face Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

Luca Rossettini is suspended, so Arlind Ajeti or Carlão could make a rare start to partner Emiliano Moretti in central defence.

Cagliari are one of the few teams to have conceded more goals than Torino this season (59) but despite their troubles at the back. they are well clear of the bottom three.

However, they have only won one of their last five home matches so Toro shouldn't be too apprehensive ahead of their trip to Sardinia.

Prediction
Cagliari 1-2 Torino

Monday, 3 April 2017

Torino 2-2 Udinese

Torino fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point at the Stadio Grande Torino against Udinese on Sunday.

David Zappacosta came close to giving Toro an early lead, but his long range shot whistled narrowly past the post. At the other end, Duvan Zupata somehow managed to miss from Stipe Perica's cross when it seemed easier to score.

Andrea Belotti and Luca Rossettini both hit the woodwork with headers just before the break as an entertaining half somehow ended goalless.

However, five minutes into the second half, Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto intercepted Emiliano Moretti's pass before firing a fierce left footed shot into the top corner.

Belotti hit the bar for a second time before the Granata were caught on the counter attack and Perica doubled Udinese's lead from close range. However, two minutes later, Toro were given a lifeline when Emiliano Moretti reacted quickest to swivel and score.

The comeback was complete when Andrea Belotti headed home Zappacosta's excellent cross to equalise with seven minutes remaining an earn Toro a deserved point.

Forza Toro


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Torino v Udinese Preview

Torino will look to continue their impressive home record when they face Udinese on Sunday afternoon. 

Leandro Castan and Mirko Valdifiori could feature for the Granata, whilst Iago Falque should replace Juan Iturbe in the front three. 

Opponents Udinese are unbeaten in the their last three matches, winning the last two before the international break so should prove to be a tough test.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Udinese