Juventus vs Torino by Enzo
Juventus recorded their fifth consecutive victory from the start of Serie A campaign, as the side managed to narrowly overpower Fiorentina in front of own fans with a 1:0 result last Wednesday. Players from Florenz were limited to a very defensive role without doing much in attack, while the hosts managed to increase the pressure at the start of second halftime and score the goal via Mandzukic in 52nd minute.
Once the players of Fiorentina stood playing with a man less when Badelj received red card, it was even easier for Juventus to keep up the lead and now continue leading the table together with Napoli with maximum fifteen points so a victory here is a must. However, despite their good start, they did suffered 3:0 defeat in first round of Champions League and will need to seek improvement in that area in order to reach the knockout stage safely.
Juventus should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Higuain as central striker, but also with Mandzukic, Dybala and Cuadrado as offensive midfielders. Right back and sometimes defensive midfielder Mattia De Sciglio (no performance in Serie A) is injured, same as midfielders Sami Khedira (2/0), Claudio Marchisio (1/0) and Marko Pjaca (who also didn't play so far in Serie A).
With three victories and two draws for now, it needs to be said that Torino is having very decent start into the season and are just four points behind leading duo at the table and maybe more importantly, are currently at fifth position in Serie A being two points above seventh placed Roma and surely have a secret desire to get the European ticket in the end of this season.
In hte most recent match, they managed to fight out 3:2 victory away to Udinese on Wednesday evening in a really interesting and open minded game from both ends. Guests made a better start and took the double lead via Belotti in 9th and an own goal in 30th minute, while the hosts replied with much better performance in the second halftime and attacked more, reducing the deficit via penalty taken by De Paul, with Ljajic bring Torino back to a two goals lead in 67th minute. Hosts only managed to reduce the deficit again, via Lasagna in 75th minute, getting their second victory on the road in a row.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Belotti as central striker, but also with Falque, Ljajic and Niang as his offensive support. Defender Kevin Bonifazi is doubtful but anyway without play so far, while injured remain left full back Antonio Barreca (2/0) and midfielder Joel Obi (3/1).
- Juventus are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 matches against Torino.
Juventus is a favorite and should be able to get the victory here, but Torino also looks more than decent for now. Hosts are also having Champions League duty where they need to improve after defeat away to Barcelona, while the guests are more than capable of scoring here and making the game as interesting as possible. Both teams to score and probably Juve prevailing in the end will be my choices for the local derby.