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Juventus vs Torino: Preview and Prediction

Friday, 22 September 2017 12:50

Juventus huffed and puffed, but managed to see off Fiorentina to ensure they made it five wins out of five. They next face cross-town rivals Torino in the Derby della Mole, and it’s always more than just a match when the Granata come to town.

As for Torino, they hung on to secure all three points in an exciting five-goal thriller against Udinese. The last meeting between the two sides ended as a 1-1 draw and the Granata will be hoping to do what they haven’t done in decades – to beat La Vecchia Signora at their own ground for the first time since April 9, 1995.

Juventus vs Torino: Head-to-head statistics

Juventus are unbeaten in the last five meetings with Torino in all competitions, 4 wins and a draw. The stalemate happened in the corresponding Serie A fixture of last season, 1-1 at the Juventus stadium.

Both teams have scored in the last six Serie A meetings between them.

The Old Lady won 8 and drew 3 of the last 11 home matches against Torino.

Torino have scored in the last three Serie A matches at the Juventus stadium, having fired blanks in previous 5.

Juventus vs Torino: Prediction

Torino are coming on the back of an excellent form and this is a huge confidence booster for the team when taking on a team like Juventus. But, we need to understand that their 5-match unbeaten streak at the start of the season came against teams that finished outside the top six in Serie A last season.

Yet, it is extremely difficult to take points away at the Juventus Stadium. The only thing that punter must consider here is a much better competitive effort from the visitors. So, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals are all probable happenings in this fixture. But, the Old Lady are expected to bag all three points when the final whistle blows.

Andrea Belotti off the mark with scissors kick in Torino win

Published in Italy Serie A
Monday, 28 August 2017 10:24

Torino forward Andrea Belotti got off the mark in style, scoring his first Serie A goal of the season with an outrageous scissors kick in their 3-0 win over Sassuolo on Sunday.

An eventful match also saw two penalties over-turned -- one for each side -- after consultations with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Belotti, who scored 26 league goals last season and is one of the hottest properties in Italian football, opened the scoring in the 45th minute with a truly outstanding effort.

Nicolas N’Koulou flicked the ball over a defender, slipped it to Lorenzo De Silvestri who sent over a long cross to the far post where Belotti, with his back to goal, launched himself into the air and connected with a perfectly-executed overhead volley.

The 23-year-old Italy forward also set up the third when he slalomed through the Sassuolo defence for Joel Obi to score in the 88th minute. Adem Ljajic had added the second minutes earlier.

Torino were awarded a penalty just before the hour for handball by Paolo Cannavaro but the referee changed his mind after consulting the VAR and deciding that it was accidental.
Sassuolo were also awarded a penalty which was then revoked after the VAR spotted an offside late in the game.

Milan, who have won their first five games of the season in the Europa League and Serie A, took an early lead at San Siro when Patrick Cutrone tapped in Suso's wicked cross at the far post.

But Cagliari would not lie down and Joao Pedro equalised in the 56th minute after Milan lost possession while trying to play the ball out of defence.

Suso, one of only three survivors from last season in the Milan starting line-up, restored their lead by curling in a free kick with 20 minutes left.

Napoli fell behind to a 15th minute header by Bryan Cristante at home to Atalanta and, despite playing with their usual panache, struggled to break down the visitors.
Piotr Zielinski finally levelled with an unstoppable shot in the 56th minute and they turned the game around five minutes later when Allan's chipped pass was headed on by Lorenzo Insigne for Dries Mertens to volley in at the far post.

Marko Rog finished off a well-worked move for the third in the 87th minute.

Gianluca Caprari and Fabio Quagliarella, from a penalty, scored twice in a three-minute spell in the first half for Sampdoria, who survived several scares after Milan Badelj pulled one back early in the second half for Fiorentina.

Promoted Spal won their first game when a stoppage-time goal by Luca Rizzo sunk Udinese 3-2 after the visitors had clawed back a two-goal deficit, with Cyril Thereau equalising from a penalty in the 87th minute.

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