Torino vs Juventus by Enzo
After a run of really positive results and three consecutive victories in Serie A, Torino failed to build up on that performance and suffered 2:0 defeat last weekend away to Sampdoria, however it needs to be said that the team wasn't outplayed and might be said that they even showed a bit more than their opponents.
Guests had more of the ball possession, but couldn't convert their chances into goals, while the players of Sampdoria used start of the second halftime to take the leading goal via Barreto in 51st, sealing the victory in fifth minute of additional time via Schick, when the players of Torino were trying desperately to respond. After this defeat, Torino remained at seventh position, having no three points less than fourth placed Napoli and they need to get a positive result here in order to keep up the pace with the rest of the Europa League candidates.
Torino should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Falque and Ljajic on the wings, plus Belotti employed as central striker. Left back Cristian Molinaro (4/0) and midfielder Joel Obi (11/0) are injured, with the team probably not being changed much ahead of important local derby.
Juventus, on the other side, had a convincing 3:1 victory last Friday evening in Serie A, when the team won over in-form Atalanta in front of own fans with a 3:1 result. They controlled the game from the first minute as usually in front of their fans, taking the double lead already after twenty minutes of play with goals from Rugani and Alex Sandro.
From that moment on, Juventus lowered down the tempo but still managed to score the third in the middle of the second half via Mandzukic, while the visitors reduced towards the end via Freuler. Juventus kept being first at the table, having four points more than Roma and Milan and logically, continue to be in a must win situation. During the midweek, the team won over Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb 2:0 at home, securing the first position in Champions League group with four victories and two draws.
Guests are set to play in their usual 3-5-2 formation with Mandzukic and Higuain as strikers. Central defenders Andrea Barzagli (10/0) and Leonardo Bonucci (12/1) are both injured, while the side also misses right back Dani Alves (8/1) and offensive Marko Pjaca (5/0), all four being injured for some time now.
- Torino have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Juventus.
This should be one of more interesting local derbies between two sides in recent years and I definitely see improved Torino scoring here as well. Juventus remains a favorite to get the victory, but my first choice will be sticking with goals and very interesting game to watch.