Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Lazio 1-3 Torino

Torino won their first away game since September as they benefited from former striker Ciro Immobile's first half red card on Monday evening.

Cristian Molinaro and Mirko Valdifiori came into the starting eleven, whilst Adem Ljajic was dropped from the squad for a breach of discipline and replaced by Alex Berenguer.

Toro started brightly, and were unlucky not to take the lead when Andrea Belotti's powerful effort hit the inside of the post following Iago Falque's clever assist. At the other end, Ciro Immobile should have done better when through on goal, but his delayed shot was finally blocked by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Iago Falque was once again the provider as he played an excellent pass to find Cristian Molinaro in space, but the full back dragged his shot wide of the far post.

One the stroke of half time the turning point occurred when Ciro Immobile clashed with Nicolas Burdisso in an off-the-ball incident. Immobile, who was already aggrieved by the referee's denial of a possible penalty for handball moments earlier, appeared to headbutt the Argentine after he had approached him.

After the referee consulted VAR, Immobile was given a straight red card and Lazio would have to play the whole second half with only ten men.

It took the Granata less than ten minutes to take advantage of their numerical superiority thanks to Alex Berenguer's solo effort, which was a mixture of skill and luck to earn the Spaniard his first Serie A goal.

There was nothing lucky about Toro's second goal, as Venezuelan midfielder Tomas Rincon picked the ball up from outside the area before curling a left footed into the top corner - an incredible way to score his first Torino goal.

Despite being down to ten men, the home side game themselves a lifeline when Andrea Belotti lost possession and Luis Alberto waltzed through the Toro defence to score. However, Torino re-established their two goal lead just four minutes later when substitute Simone Edera fired home an excellent left footed strike from just outside the area to clinch all three points.

Forza Toro!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Lazio v Torino Preview

Torino will look to win their first away match in three months when they travel to Rome to face Lazio on Monday evening.

The Granata have endured a disappointing campaign so far, with only four victories out of fifteen matches this season, and a run of four consecutive draws have not helped their quest for points.

Cristian Ansaldi and M'Baye Niang are both unavailable due to injury, so youth team players Alessandro Fiordaliso and Ben Lhassine Kone are included in the squad for the first time.

Lazio have been in excellent form, winning seven of their last nine Serie A fixtures, although they were held 1-1 by Fiorentina in their last home game.

Prediction
Lazio 2-1 Torino

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Torino 1-1 Atalanta

Torino were held to a fourth consecutive Serie A draw as they were unable to hold on to a lead given to them by Nicolas N'Koulou's first goal for the club.

Nicolas Burdisso was once again preferred to Lyanco in defence, whilst Iago Falque started in place of M'Baye Niang who was not even on the bench.

Torino, wearing an unfamiliar green strip in honour of Chapecoense, struggled to create many chances in a first half devoid of quality from both teams. However, on the stroke of half time, Nicolas N'Koulou headed home Adem Ljajic's corner to give Toro the lead.

Atalanta introduced substitute Josip Iličić at half time, and within ten minutes the Slovenian made an instant impact as he broke through a weak Toro offside trap to equalise.

Andrea Belotti forced an excellent save from Etrit Berisha whilst at the other end, Salvatore Sirigu saved well from Leonardo Spinazzola but both sides had to settle for a point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Torino v Atalanta Preview

Torino will face Atalanta on Saturday evening looking to end a run of three consecutive draws to get their quest for a top 7 finish back on track.

It has been announced that Torino will wear a special one off green shirt to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Chapecoense air disaster.

Andrea Belotti got on the score sheet in mid-week against Carpi in the Coppa Italia, but has not scored a league goal for the Granata since September 20th.

Atalanta were the surprise team of last season and have achieved some excellent results in the Europa League, including a 5-1 win at Everton. However, their league form has not been as impressive and have lost their last three away games, although they do come into this match above Torino in the table, on goal difference.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Atalanta

Torino 2-0 Carpi

Torino progressed to the last 16 of the Coppa Italia with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Carpi on Wednesday evening.

Sinisa Mihajlovic resisted the temptation of wholesale rotation but Vanja Milinković-Savić and Kevin Bonifazi made their debuts for the Granata.

Toro took the lead after less than twenty minutes after M'Baye Niang's short corner found Iago Falque on the edge of the area who fired a low shot into the net.

The Granata doubled their lead when Niang's deep cross gave Andrea Belotti the simple task of heading home from close range as the Toro skipper ended his goal drought.

Daniele Baselli and Andrea Belotti (twice) had good chances to extend Toro's lead in the second half, but they were wasteful in front of goal.

In injury time, there was a curious incident when Toro were awarded a free kick thirty yards from goal, and up stepped Vanja Milinković-Savić - the Torino goalkeeper. Incredibly, Milinković-Savić almost found the target as his powerfully hit free kick thumped off the crossbar and bounced away to safety.