Sunday, 21 October 2018

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Bologna on Sunday afternoon knowing that a third consecutive Serie A victory could take them into the top six.

Lorenzo De Silvestri has returned from injury so could return to the starting eleven, whilst Vittorio Parigini could start after an impressive substitute appearance against Frosinone before the international break.

Bologna started the season poorly, failing to win any of their opening four games, but back to back home victories against Roma and Udinese have increased optimism.

Prediction
Bologna 1-2 Torino

Monday, 8 October 2018

Torino 3-2 Frosinone

Alex Berenguer scored an excellent goal to spare Torino's blushes as they almost squandered a 2-0 lead against Frosinone.

Daniele Baselli and Simone Zaza both returned to the starting eleven as Torino were looking for a second consecutive victory.

Andrea Belotti almost gave Toro the lead in the early stages, but his low shot rebounded off the post, however the Granata did not have long to wait for their first goal.

On twenty minutes, Simone Zaza's clever assist set up Tomas Rincon, and the Venezuelan fired home a low shot from outside the area.

Toro doubled their lead just a minute into the second half, when Zaza's initial shot was saved by Marco Sportiello, Daniele Baselli was on hand to score.

However, just before the hour mark, Frosinone had a lifeline as Edoardo Goldaniga bundled home from a corner. Toro were furious that the goal was allowed to stand, as the home side felt Salvatore Sirigu had been fouled in the build up.

Moments later, Frosinone were level, as shambolic defending allowed Camillo Ciano to head home Joel Campbell's cross.

Walter Mazzarri responded immediately by bringing on Vittorio Parigini, and the youngster made an immediate impact, as his cross caused havoc in the Frosinone defence. The ball eventually fell to Alex Berenguer who curled home from just outside the penalty area to give Toro the lead.

Torino held on for a crucial three points, although the manner of the performance was a little concerning.

Forza Toro

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Torino v Frosinone Preview

Torino will look for consecutive victories when they host Frosinone at the Stadio Grande Torino on Friday night.

Toro have still not scored a first half goal this season, and will look to change that statistic against  Frosinone who are yet to win since gaining promotion to Serie A in the summer.

Lorenzo De Silvestri is injured after picking up an injury against Chievo, so Alex Berenguer and Ola Aina should start as wing backs, whilst Simone Zaza could start after scoring the winner in the same game.

Frosinone are coached by former Torino player and Primavera coach Moreno Longo, who is sure to get a warm reception from the Toro supporters.

Prediction
Torino 3-1 Frosinone

Chievo 0-1 Torino

Torino left it late to claim their second win of the season, as Simone Zaza's first goal for the club earnt the Granata all three points.

There was once again a surprise in Walter Mazzarri's starting eleven, as Simone Edera was given his first start of the season.

Despite starting brighter, the home side struggled to create any clear cut chances, with Edera going the closest for either team with an effort that went narrowly wide of the post.

Chievo should have taken the lead in the opening stages of the second half, but Mehdi LĂ©ris blazed over the bar when well placed.

At the other end, Ola Aina almost scored his first goal in a Toro shirt, after being set up by substitute 
Simone Zaza, but the Nigerian wing back was denied by former Torino keeper Stefano Sorrentino.

With Toro looking for their first away victory of the season, Iago Falque made his return from injury off the bench as they desperately searched for a winning goal. 

Torino were rewarded with only two minutes of normal time remaining, when a move started by Ola Aina's interception ended with Simone Zaza scoring his first goal in a Toro shirt.

Iago Falque should have doubled Torino's margin of victory in injury time, but the Spaniard failed to hit the target from Andrea Belotti's assist. However, Zaza's goal was enough to give the Granata a deserved victory.