Sunday, 30 September 2018

Chievo v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Verona on Sunday afternoon looking for their second win of what has been a disappointing start to the season.

The Granata have only managed two points from their last three matches, with the performances against Napoli and Atalanta perhaps Toro's most disappointing of the season so far.

Emiliano Moretti is expected to return to the starting eleven, whilst Iago Falque has been included in the squad after injury.

The home side have yet to win this season, and after having been deducted three points at the start of the season for false accounting, Chievo are currently bottom of the table on -1 points.

Chievo 1-2 Torino

Atalanta 0-0 Torino

Torino maintained their unbeaten away record as they held on for a point against Atalanta on Wednesday afternoon.

Vittorio Parigini was the shock inclusion in the Torino starting eleven, as the youth team product made his first start for the Granata, whilst Koffi Djidji replaced Emiliano Moretti in defence to make his debut.

Papu Gomez had the first chance of the game for the home side, but the Atalanta captain curled his shot wide of the target.

Torino's best chance of the first half fell to Vittorio Parigini, however, the youngster could only hit the side netting.

Atalanta started the dominate the second half, with Duvan Zapata and Rafael Toloi both missing good chances.

Salvatore Sirigu, Torino's best player so far this season, made another great save to deny Papu Gomez and earn Toro a point.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Atalanta v Torino Preview

Torino will look to respond quickly from the disappointing defeat against Napoli when they face Atalanta on Wednesday evening.

Lorenzo De Silvestri is fit enough to be included in the squad, but may not start, whilst Roberto Soriano may return to the starting eleven.

Atalanta have had a disappointing start to the season after their surprise Europa League elimination, whilst in Serie A, they have lost to Cagliari and SPAL in recent weeks. However, they did score an injury time equaliser against AC Milan on Sunday evening to earn a point.

Atalanta 1-1 Torino

Torino 1-3 Napoli

Torino suffered their second defeat of the season as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Napoli on Sunday afternoon.

Ola Aina returned to the starting eleven in place of the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri, whilst Simone Zaza made his first start with Iago Falque also injured.

Toro made the worst possible start and were behind after only four minutes when Emiliano Moretti's poor clearance hit Nicolas N'Koulou and Lorenzo Insigne was on hand to fire home.

Napoli had made a quick start, and almost doubled their lead through Simone Verdi, but for an excellent last ditch tackle by Armando Izzo.

However, former Toro winger Simone Verdi did get on the score sheet on twenty minutes when he swept home Dries Mertens' cross.

Torino reduced the deficit early in the second half after Alex Berenguer was upended in the area by Sebastiano Luperto. Andrea Belotti stepped up and sent David Ospina the wrong way to give Toro a lifeline.

However, less than ten minutes later, more poor defending, this time from Armando Izzo allowed Napoli to win back possession and score a third goal. Insigne added his second goal of the game after being first to react after Jose Callejon's initial effort hit the post.

The away side had further chances to increase their margin of victory on an afternoon to forget for the Granata.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Torino v Napoli Preview

Torino will look to earn their second victory of the season when they host Napoli early on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata have a number of injury issues, with Lorenzo De Silvestri and Iago Falque picking up knocks in the draw at Udinese last Sunday. Ola Aina should return to the starting eleven, whilst Simone Zaza will finally start his first game for the club.

Napoli have won three of their four games so far this season, but there sole defeat was a surprise 3-0 loss at Sampdoria in their last away game.

Torino 1-1 Napoli

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Udinese 1-1 Torino

Torino once again suffered a VAR controversy as Alex Berenguer had a goal wrongly disallowed in a 1-1 draw at Udinese.

With Ola Aina not fit enough to start the game, Berenguer started at left wing back, whilst Daniele Baselli was preferred to Tomas Rincon in midfield.

After twelve minutes, Toro had a goal disallowed when Berenguer headed past Simone Scuffet, but replays showed the Spaniard was onside. However, as referee Paolo Valeri had already blown his whistle, it was not possible to refer to VAR.

Lorenzo De Silvestri had a great chance to give Toro the lead, but he fired his shot wide of the far post.

Udinese took the lead just before the half hour against the run of play after a counter attack and Rodrigo De Paul's long range effort deflected off Nicolas N'Koulou and past Salvatore Sirigu.

Andrea Belotti should have equalised before half time, but the Toro captain was unable to connect with a volley when well placed.

Torino were on level terms four minutes after half time, when midfielder Soualiho Meïté scored his second goal for the club with an excellent left footed strike from outside the area.

Substitute Ola Aina had Toro's best chance to win the game, but he blazed his shot over the bar after a promising run, and the Granata had to settle for a point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Udinese v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it back-to-back victories when they travel to face Udinese on Sunday afternoon.

Ola Aina is included in the squad following injury, but if he is not fully fit, Vittorio Parigini could make his first appearance for the club.

Udinese have made a similar start to Torino, earning four points from their opening three games, with their only victory being a 1-0 home win against Sampdoria.

Udinese 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Torino 1-0 SPAL

Torino won their first Serie A game of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory in a rain-affected game against SPAL.

As expected, Ola Aina made his first start for the Granata, whilst Simone Zaza had to make do with a place on the bench once again.

Andrea Belotti had Torino's first chance, but he was denied by former Toro keeper Alfred Gomis at the near post. After seventeen minutes, the match was suspended as the torrential rain in Turin made the pitch virtually unplayable.

As the rain stopped, the match resumed an hour later, and Toro should have found themselves behind when Andrea Petagna found space in the area, but the former Atalanta man curled his shot wide of the target.

Toro took the head in the early stages of the second half, as Roberto Soriano's excellent cross was headed home by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Salvatore Sirigu continued his fine start to the season by saving Mohamed Fares' free kick that had almost managed to evade every player in the box.

Simone Zaza finally made his debut in a Torino shirt, and should have had a first goal, but rushed his shot when well placed.

However, Toro held on for a crucial first victory, and although not a classic performance, given the difficult stop-start nature of the contest, this was perhaps understandable.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Torino v SPAL Preview

Torino will look to earn their first Serie A victory of the new season when they host SPAL on Sunday evening.

It has been a busy week for the Granata, with both M'Baye Niang and Adem Ljajic leaving the club on loan.

Daniele Baselli has recovered from injury, so could replace Roberto Soriano in the starting eleven, whilst Ola Aina should make his first start for the club after impressing after replacing the injured Cristian Ansaldi against Inter.

SPAL have made a perfect start to the Serie A so far after narrow victories against Bologna and Parma. The winning goals in both of those games were scored by former Toro players, Jasmin Kurtic and Mirco Antenucci - whilst goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, who has kept two clean sheets, is also a former Granata player.

Torino 2-0 SPAL