Sunday, 29 September 2019

Parma v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Parma on Monday evening hoping to secure their second away victory of the season, in the same stadium as their first.

Toro have only beaten Atalanta on the road so far this campaign, who are temporarily playing games in Emilia-Romagna.

Nicolas Nkoulou could finally come back into the starting eleven, whilst Cristian Ansaldi and Diego Laxalt could also come into the team that beat AC Milan on Thursday.

The home side have won two of their five games this season, including a 1-0 home victory against Sassuolo in midweek. Parma also managed to pick up four points against the Granata last season, with the match at the Stadio Ennio Tardini ending goalless.

Parma 0-1 Torino

Friday, 27 September 2019

Torino 2-1 AC Milan

Andrea Belotti produced an inspirational performance as he scored two goals to help Torino come from behind to beat AC Milan on Thursday evening.

Simone Verdi made his first start since rejoining the club, but that was the only change from the starting eleven who lost at Sampdoria.

The away side made the better start and were awarded a penalty when Lorenzo De Silvestri was adjudged to have fouled Rafeal Leão in the area. Polish striker Krzysztof Piątek stepped up and fired his penalty past Salvatore Sirigu.

The Rossoneri could have extended their lead before half time, but Sirigu made an excellent save to tip a header from Leão over the bar. Toro had a good chance to equalised just before the break, but Andrea Belotti could not keep his effort down with Gianluigi Donnarumma out of his area.

AC Milan continued to create chances in the opening exchanges of the second half, and Piątek should have scored following an assist by Alessio Romagnoli. The visitors were made to rue that miss, as with twenty minutes remaining, Toro grabbed an equaliser thanks to their captain Andrea Belotti whose shot from just outside the area somehow found its way past Donnarumma.

Incredibly, Toro then took the lead four minutes later, as despite missing his initial effort from close range, Andrea Belotti scored an over head kick following Simone Zaza's shot.

Simone Zaza had a chance to seal the victory, but comically pulled up with cramp whilst trying to take the ball round Donnarumma on the counter attack. That miss was almost crucial, as in the dying seconds, Suso's deep cross found Piątek, but he was denied by a miraculous save by Sirigu, and Toro held on to a vital victory.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Torino v AC Milan Preview

Torino host AC Milan at the Stadio Grande Torino on Thursday night with both teams in need of a victory.

Nicolas Nkoulou returns to the Toro squad for the first time since the Europa League home leg with Wolves, whilst Cristian Ansaldi is also included following injury.

AC Milan will be looking to bounce back following defeat in the Milan derby against rivals Inter on Sunday, and have only scored two goals in four games this season.

Torino 0-0 AC Milan

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Sampdoria 1-0 Torino

Torino's disappointing run of form continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against previously winless Sampdoria on Sunday evening.

Walter Mazzarri resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes from the disappointing defeat against Lecce, although Lyanco, Bremer and Simone Zaza did come into the eleven.

Sampdoria made a bright start, in contrast to the miserable weather in Genoa as both Fabio Depaoli and Manolo Gabbiadini had shots on goal inside the opening minute.

However, it took until the second half for the first real chance of the game, as ex Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini gave the home side the lead. However, there was some controversy surrounding the goal as both Ola Aina and Lyanco felt they had been fouled in the build up.

The Granata were then thankful for Salvatore Sirigu who made good saves to deny both Ronaldo Vieira and Albin Ekdal.

Toro were struggling to create chances against a resolute Sampdoria defence, but Simone Zaza did force Emil Audero into making a save.

Despite the introduction of summer signings Diego Laxalt and Simone Verdi from the bench, Toro could not find an equaliser and fell to a second consecutive defeat.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Genoa on Sunday afternoon hoping to rebound from their disappointing defeat against Lecce on Monday night.

Lyanco is expected to replace Koffi Djidji in defence, whilst Diego Laxalt impressed as substitute against Lecce so could replace Ola Aina at left wing back.

Sampdoria have made a terrible start to the season and are currently bottom of the table due to losing all three games and have conceded nine goals in the process.

Toro fans will be hoping for a repeat of the scoreline from this fixture last season, a 4-1 victory that was arguably the Granata's best performance of the last campaign.

Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Torino 1-2 Lecce

Torino missed a great opportunity to win their first three games of a Serie A season - a feat that has not happened for 43 years - as they fell to shock 2-1 home defeat to newly promoted Lecce.

Walter Mazzarri decided to stick with the same starting eleven that beat Atalanta before the international break, despite Simone Zaza being fit and Simone Verdi signing from Napoli.

Toro had the first chance of the game, but Alex Berenguer could not make any contact with Andrea Belotti's low cross.

The away team took the lead against the run of play ten minutes before half time, as Salvatore Sirigu could only parry Filippo Falco's initial shot, which meant Diego Farias was on hand to score.

Torino were awarded a generous penalty just before the hour mark, as substitute Simone Zaza was adjudged to have been pushed at a corner. Andrea Belotti stepped up to take the penalty, and the captain sent Gabriel the wrong way to equalise.

However, it was the Southern side who looked the most likely to score a winner, and their loyal band of travelling fans got what they wanted with less than twenty minutes to go. The goal was similar to the first, as Sirigu could only parry a long range shot from Marco Calderoni, and substitute Marco Mancosu volleyed home from close range.

Salvatore Sirigu made a sensational save to deny Khouma Babacar from inflicting further damage on the Granata, whilst at the other end, Simone Verdi went close from a deflected shot.

Toro thought they should have had a penalty in injury time when Andrea Belotti was pushed to the floor, but after a lengthy VAR delay, the referee decided not to award a spot kick, and Lecce could celebrate a memorable victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Torino v Lecce Preview

Torino will hope to maintain their 100% league record when they face Lecce at the Stadio Grande Torino on Monday evening.

Nicolas Nkoulou will not return to training until Tuesday, despite apologising during the week for his behaviour in the weeks leading up to the closure of the transfer window. Therefore, Armando Izzo, Kevin Bonifazi and Koffi Djidji should continue in the back three, although Lyanco is also included in the squad for the first time this season.

Simone Verdi is unlikely to feature from the start, but could make a second debut for the club from the bench, whilst Simone Zaza has also recovered from injury and is available for selection.

Lecce have enjoyed an incredible rise in recent seasons, achieving successive promotions in order to earn their place in Serie A this campaign. However, the Giallorossi have so far struggled at a higher level and have lost both of their games without scoring.

Torino 3-0 Lecce

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Atalanta 2-3 Torino

Torino produced an impressive performance as they came from behind to beat Atalanta 3-2 and maintain their 100% start to the Serie A season.

Koffi Djidji replaced Bremer in the back three, whilst Alex Berenguer replaced the injured Simone Zaza as the main support for Andrea Belotti,

Toro had the first chance of the game as Daniele Baselli's clipped free kick found Armando Izzo at the far post, but his header was clawed off the line by Pierluigi Gollini.

However, the Granata did not have to wait long before taking the lead, as another Daniele Baselli set piece, this time a short corner, found Kevin Bonifazi, and the defender's bullet header went past a helpless Gollini.

Atalanta equalised fifteen minutes later as a flowing passing move culminated in a calm finish from Duvan Zapata. The Colombian almost scored a carbon copy of that goal just before half time, but this time, his shot went wide of the post.

Just ten minutes into the second half, Zapata did score again - this time a sensational solo effort as he ran from the half way line before hitting a powerful shot past Salvatore Sirigu.

However, Toro showed great character to equalise just three minutes later as Alex Berenguer exchanged passes with Soualiho Meite before curling home from a difficult angle.

With twenty five minutes remaining, Toro took the lead as another Daniele Baselli free kick caused havoc in the Atalanta defence and allowed Armando Izzo to head home at the far post.

Luis Muriel and Hans Hateboer both missed late chances to earn Atalanta a point, but Toro held on to claim a vital victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Atalanta v Torino Preview

Torino face Atalanta on Sunday evening and will look to immediately recovery from the disappointment of their Europa League elimination. 

This match will be played in Parma, due to renovations taking place at Atalanta's stadium, and Toro will be looking to take inspiration from their 'hosts'.

Twelve months ago, the Bergamo side were also eliminated from the Europa League before the group stages, however, they were then able to qualify for the Champions League.

Toro will be without the injured Simone Zaza who picked up an injury in the defeat to Wolves, so Alex Berenguer should support Andrea Belotti in attack.

Atalanta had a dramatic start to the Serie A season last weekend, as they came from 2-0 behind away to SPAL to win 3-2, with new signing Luis Muriel scoring twice.

Atalanta 2-1 Torino