Saturday, 17 February 2018

Torino v Juventus Preview

Torino will host neighbours Juventus in the Derby Della Mole hoping for only a second derby victory since 1995.

Toro's last win in this fixture came just under three years ago as the Granata came from behind to win thanks to goals from Matteo Darmian and Fabio Quagliarella. However, Torino did come close to beating Juve away from home last season, although were denied by Gonzalo Higuian's late equaliser.

Walter Mazzarri is expected to utilise a 4-3-1-2 formation like he did to good effect against Sampdoria a fortnight ago, and that may mean that M'Baye Niang drops to the bench.

Juventus are in imperious domestic form, having won eight consecutive games, and have kept clean sheets in their last five Serie A matches. However, Tuesday's Champions League game against Tottenham showed that Juve can be vulnerable, as 'The Old Lady' threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.

Forza Toro

Monday, 12 February 2018

Torino 2-0 Udinese

Walter Mazzarri maintained his unbeaten start, and 100% home record as Torino coach with a 2-0 victory over Udinese on Sunday afternoon.

Andrea Belotti returned to the starting eleven as Toro reverted to a 4-3-3 formation, with M'Baye Niang and Iago Falque completing the front three.

Toro almost took the lead in the early stages, but Iago Falque's wide free kick rebounded of the crossbar. Nicolas Burdisso also came close to scoring, but the Argentine saw his header cleared off the line.

Torino then had a lucky escape as Antonin Barak thought he had given Udinese the lead, but after consultation with VAR, the goal was disallowed.

Just after the half hour mark, Toro took the lead as Falque's corner was met by an excellent glancing header from Nicolas N'Koulou.

The Granata doubled their lead mid-way through the second half thanks to Andrea Belotti's sensational solo effort. The Toro captain ran from inside his own half before beating two Udinese defenders before finishing past Albano Bizzarri in the Udinese goal.

Daniele Baselli missed a great chance to extend Toro's lead, but Torino held on for a third successive home victory since Mazzarri replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Forza Toro 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Torino v Udinese Preview

Torino will look to maintain their unbeaten record under coach Walter Mazzarri when they host Udinese at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Afriyie Acquah will miss out due to suspension after being sent off against Sampdoria last weekend, whilst captain Andrea Belotti is now fully fit and should start.

Udinese have been one of the form teams in Serie A since Massimo Oddo took charge in November, however the Zebrette have only won one of their last five matches.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Udinese

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Walter Mazzarri kept his unbeaten record as Torino head coach in tact as ten man Toro earned an impressive point against Sampdoria.

Mazzarri changed formation for this game as the Granata lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Afriyie Acquah replacing Alex Berenguer in the starting eleven.

Toro had a great chances to take the lead in the opening moments, but Iago Falque's shot was blocked by Nicola Murru. The home side then took the lead after only eleven minutes thanks to Lucas Torreira's clever free kick. The Uruguayan midfielder drilled the ball into the Sampdoria players in the wall, who ducked, and unsighted Toro keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro equalised less than fifteen minutes later thanks to Afriyie Aquah's deflected shot from outside the area.

In the second half, Tomas Rincon tested one-time Toro target Emiliano Viviano with a volley from just outside the area. With seventeen minutes remaining, Afriyie Acquah was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Torreira.

However, despite being down to ten men, Toro were continuing to create chances, and after a quickly taken free kick, substitute Andrea Belotti went through on goal but blazed over the bar.

Sampdoria came close to clinching all three points thanks to Valerio Verre's long range strike, but Sirigu tipped it over the bar to earn Toro a deserved point.

Forza Toro

Friday, 2 February 2018

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Walter Mazzarri will return to former club Sampdoria looking to maintain his unbeaten record as Torino coach.

Mazzarri enjoyed a successful two year spell in charge of Samp as he guided them to a 6th placed finish and a Coppa Italia final.

Andrea Belotti could return to the starting eleven after he returned from injury against Benevento, whilst Simone Edera also returns to the squad.

Sampdoria have enjoyed another impressive under coach Marco Giampaolo and are currently in 6th place, five points ahead of Toro. Their home record is also an intimidating one, having won eight of their eleven fixtures at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Prediction
Sampdoria 2-1 Torino

Torino 3-0 Benevento

Torino made it seven points in three games since Walter Mazzarri took charge as they beat 10 man Benevento 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Mazzarri once again named an unchanged starting eleven, although Andrea Belotti was fit enough for a place on the bench.

Toro made the perfect start and were ahead after only three minutes when Alex Berenguer's cross found fellow countryman Iago Falque who headed home.

Despite the early goal, Benevento were the better team and had chances to equalise through Massimo Coda and Guilherme. However, the turning point of the game occurred in a strange incident ten minutes before half time when visiting goalkeeper Vid Belec was shown a straight red card.

Belec was initially impeded from releasing the ball to start a counter attack by M'Baye Niang, and the Slovenian keeper reacted by kicking out Niang, leaving the referee with little option but to send him off.

Niang showed no ill effects of his altercation with Belec, as only moments later, he doubled Torino's lead with a well-taken goal. Toro added a third goal on the stroke of half time (after a VAR review), as Joel Obi was on hand to score after Lorenzo De Silvestri's original header was parried.

Daniele Baselli and Iago Falque both had excellent chances to extend the Granata's lead in the second half, whilst Andrea Belotti also made his return from injury for the last half an hour but Toro settled for a 3-0 victory.

Forza Toro