Sunday, 22 October 2017

Torino v Roma Preview

Torino will look for their first win in a month when they host Roma at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro are still without the injured Lyanco and Andrea Belotti, but Antonio Barreca and Afriyie Acquah are back in the squad.

Roma have won all three of their Serie A away fixtures and earned an impressive 3-3 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Prediction
Torino 1-1 Roma

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crotone 2-2 Torino

For the second Torino game in a row there was injury time drama, but on this occasion it was Lorenzo De Silvestri who rescued a late point for the Granata.

Emiliano Moretti replaced the injured Lyanco, whilst Umar Sadiq replaced Andrea Belotti to make his long-awaited debut.

The home side took the lead after only twenty five minutes when Swedish winger Marcus Rohden curled home a low shot past Salvatore Sirigu.

Tomas Rincon, Adem Ljajic and M'Baye Niang all had chances for the Granata before the break, but they went in at half time behind.

Toro started the second half well and they equalised after only eight minutes thanks to Iago Falque's long range effort.

However, Torino fell behind once again ten minutes later thanks to Bruno Martella's clever finish following another attack down the left wing.

Just when it looked as though Toro may be heading towards a surprise defeat, two minutes into injury time Lorenzo De Silvestri headed home to earn Torino a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Crotone v Torino Preview

Torino will look to recover from their embarrassing collapse against Hellas Verona a fortnight ago when they travel south to face Crotone on Sunday afternoon.

Toro let slip a two goal lead in the dying moments against Hellas, with star striker Andrea Belotti also picking up an injury in that match which will keep him out of action for a month.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has suggested that Umar Sadiq will finally make his Toro debut and replace Belotti in attack. The Granata have been dealt another blow as talented defender Lyanco was injured in training and will also miss out.

Former Toro defender Arlind Ajeti now plies his trade for Crotone, who have only won one game this season, a 2-0 victory against newly promoted Benevento in their last home fixture.

Prediction
Crotone 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Torino 2-2 Hellas Verona

Torino threw away a victory in the dying moments as they conceded two late VAR assisted goals at home to Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon.

Mirko Valdifiori made his first start of the season for Toro in midfield whilst Cristian Molinaro was preferred to Cristian Ansaldi at left back.

The away side were the dominant team in the early stages, and both Martin Caceres and Mohamed Fares had chances to give Hellas a shock lead.

However, Toro would take the lead on the half hour mark when Adem Ljajic's excellent diagonal ball found Cristian Ansaldi, and the substitute crossed for Iago Falque to score from close range.

On the stroke of half time, Torino doubled their lead thanks to an individual effort from M'Baye Niang, his first goal for the Granata since signing from AC Milan.

Toro had chances to extend their lead, but Ljajic, Niang and Andrea Belotti all missed great chances to score. The turning point occurred ten minutes from time when Belotti had to be stretchered off with a knee injury and with all substitutions all used up, Toro were left with only ten men.

Verona pulled a goal back when on loan Juventus striker Moise Kean diverted Alessio Cerci's shot into the net after a goal-line scramble. The goal was originally disallowed by the linesman for offside, but the VAR official overruled that decision and awarded the goal.

In the next attack, Hellas were awarded a penalty (via VAR) when Cristian Molinaro inexplicably handled Cerci's cross. Giampaolo Pazzini stepped up to score from the spot to earn Hellas an unlikely point, despite having Bruno Zuculini sent off deep into injury time.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Torino v Hellas Verona Preview

Torino will look to respond from last weekend's derby disappointment with a home fixture against Hellas Verona at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro will be without the suspended Daniele Baselli who is likely to be replaced by either Mirko Valdifiori or Samuel Gustafson, whilst Cristian Ansaldi should continue at left back.

Hellas have had a difficult return to the top flight since gaining promotion in the summer, having failed to win any of there six matches - conceding fourteen goals in the process.

The gialloblu have a familiar face in the squad in the shape of Alessio Cerci who starred in the Granata shirt as they qualified for the Europa League, before departing to join Athletico Madrid at the end of that campaign.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Hellas Verona