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.

Prediction
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.

Prediction
Atalanta 2-1 Torino