Saturday, 30 March 2019

Fiorentina v Torino Preview

Torino will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Florence to face Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata will be without the suspended Ola Aina and Nicolas Nkoulou, so Emiliano Moretti and Lorenzo De Silvestri should both feature against their former side.

The home side will be without the injured Federico Chiesa, who scored two late goals when the Viola knocked Toro out of the Coppa Italia back in January.

Fiorentina are without a win in their last four matches and will be looking for a positive result to keep alive their own hopes of European qualification via the league.

Fiorentina 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Torino 2-3 Bologna

Torino's excellent run of form finally ended as they succumbed to a surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Bologna.

Toro had an early reprieve when Lyanco, on loan from the Granata had an early goal for the visitors disallowed due to offside. Torino then took the lead as Cristian Ansaldi's shot from outside the area deflected off Erick Pulgar and into the net.

However, Bologna were deservedly level when good play from Rodrigo Palacio allowed Andrea Poli to head home at the far post. The away side were then awarded a penalty following a VAR referral after Soualiho Meite inexplicably handled the ball in the area. Erick Pulgar stepped up and converted the penalty to make amends for his earlier own goal.

Tomas Rincon came closest to an equaliser in the second half, however his long range effort was well saved by Lukasz Skorupski. Bologna then added a third goal after a swift counter attack ended with Ricardo Orsolini finishing nonchalantly past Salvatore Sirigu.

Lyanco's eventful day against his parent club continued as he was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Toro were able to capitalise almost immediately as Armando Izzo headed home Alex Berenguer's free kick to reduce the deficit.

However, Ola Aina's frustrations got the better of him in stoppage time, and the Nigerian received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second of which for dissent, as Toro slipped to their first defeat since January.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Torino v Bologna Preview

Torino could move to within three points of the Champions League places with a victory against Bologna at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday afternoon.

Ola Aina and Iago Falque could return to the starting eleven after impressive performances as substitutes in the come back victory against Frosinone last weekend.

The Toro fans will welcome a number of familiar faces as Bologna are now coached by Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was Toro coach between 2016-2018, whilst Lyanco and Simone Edera are both currently on loan at the Rossoblu.

Bologna have seen a recent improvement since Mihajlovic took charge, winning two of his six games in charge, however they still remain in the bottom three.

Torino 2-1 Bologna

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Frosinone 1-2 Torino

Torino's impressive run of form continued as they came from behind to beat Frosinone on Sunday afternoon.

Tomas Rincon and Simone Zaza both earned starts following their goal scoring cameo's as substitutes against Chievo last weekend.

However, Toro once again made a slow start to the first half and it was the home side who had the first chance of the game as Salvatore Sirigu had to make a save from Camillo Ciano following a rare mistake from Armando Izzo.

Toro had to rely on Sirigu once again, this time to deny Luca Paganini's curling shot from just outside the area. However, Paganini did not have to wait long to get on the score sheet as he headed home from a corner just three minutes before half time to end Toro's run of 599 minutes without conceding.

Torino looked a totally different team to start the second half, and twice came close to equalising in the same move. Firstly, Simone Zaza was denied by Marco Sportiello, and then Tomas Rincon curled the rebound wide of the target.

Iago Falque came on as Toro desperately searched for an equaliser, and his inch perfect free kick was met by Andrea Belotti who headed home to level things up.

With twelve minutes remaining, Torino took the lead as Cristian Ansaldi's deep cross was intelligently headed back by substitute Ola Aina, and Andrea Belotti volleyed in.

Toro could have extended their margin of victory as Iago Falque hit the post with a free kick, and Andrea Belotti missed a great one on one chance in stoppage time to seal his hat trick. However, the Granata still did enough to claim a fifth win from their last seven games.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Frosinone v Torino Preview

Torino will be looking to record a first away victory since November when they travel to face Frosinone on Sunday afternoon.

Tomas Rincon and Simone Zaza could both be in line to start after goal scoring cameo's in the victory against Chievo. Ola Aina, who picked up an injury in the warm up for that game has been included in the squad and could feature.

Frosinone are currently in 19th place having lost four of their last five home games, but picked up a creditable 0-0 draw at Genoa last weekend despite playing most of the game with ten men.

Frosinone 0-1 Torino

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Torino 3-0 Chievo

Torino secured a fifth consecutive Serie A home victory after three late goals secured a victory over a stubborn Chievo side.

Walter Mazzarri had named an unchanged starting eleven from the team who beat Atalanta last weekend, however Ola Aina was injured in the warm up and was replaced by Cristian Ansaldi.

The first half was devoid of any quality or any clear cut chances, however the struggling visitors did pose a threat on the counter attack but could not find a killer pass in the final third.

The Granata did not heed these warnings at the start of the second half, and Filip Đorđević should have given Chievo the lead, but the Serbian was twice denied by Salvatore Sirigu.

Simone Zaza came off the bench for Toro as they looked for the breakthrough, and he came close from a free kick that well saved by former Torino keeper Stefano Sorrentino.

With fourteen minutes remaining, Torino finally got the breakthrough, as captain Andrea Belotti broke his goal drought with a sensational long range strike.

In injury time, substitute Tomas Rincon doubled Toro's lead with a curling effort from just outside the area. Simone Zaza then added a third goal, virtually from the kick off, as Torino sealed all three points and a sixth consecutive clean sheet.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Torino v Chievo Preview

Torino will be looking to continue their impressive run of form when they face bottom of the table Chievo on Sunday afternoon.

After the impressive 2-0 victory against Atalanta, Walter Mazzarri may choose to name an unchanged starting eleven. However, youngster Vincenzo Millico who made his debut as a substitute in that match will be unavailable for selection due to injury.

Chievo have had a miserable season after starting the campaign with a three point deduction, and the Flying Donkeys have only won one of their twenty-five games this season.

Torino 2-0 Chievo