Torino vs Lazio by Enzo
Torino has finally started playing in a way their manager Sinisa Mihajlovic wants and in the way he promised that the team will be playing when the took the charge of the club. After slippery start, Torino now looks pretty convincing on the field and if the team continues in the same way, they could be one of the favorites for European positions pretty soon.
In the most recent game, the team won convincingly over Palermo away from home in quite impressive way, with a 4:1 result. Despite being down in the scoreline in fifth minute with a goal from Chochev, visitors managed to reply well and take over the lead in 40th minute thanks to two goals from Ljajic. Benassi and Baselli scored once more for complete victory, without much of effort used. It was third consecutive victory for Torino, as the team now stands fourth, with just two points less than Roma and Milan, third and second placed side in Serie A.
Hosts have defender Lorenzo De Silvestri (5/0) doubtful for this one due knee problem, while other defender, Cristian Molinaro (4/0) remains sidelined with same problem.
After two victories in a row, against Empoli and Udinese, Lazio made a bit of a setback last weekend when the team took only a point against Bologna in a 1:1 draw. Even though they were huge favorites before the game, it must be said that the players of Lazio should be happy with a point taken since they were losing for almost complete game.
Bologna took the lead in tenth minute with a goal from Helander, while their hosts dominated the game severely from that moment on, but only managed to level up the result in seventh minute of additional time from a penalty kick taken by Immobile. After third undefeated match streak, Lazio continued being at sixth position for now, having just the same number of points as fourth placed Torino and just two less than second placed Roma.
Lazio continues to have few players out, since they can't count at central defender Stefan de Vrij (8/1), defensive Bastos (4/0), midfielders Jordan Lukaku (4/0) and Lucas Biglia (4/0). Defender Stefan Radu (6/1) is suspended. Serbian duo, right full back Dusan Basta (5/0) and midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (8/1) are both doubtful coming from injuries.
Lazio is far away from a naive side, but the team didn't impress me that much, especially knowing their usual disadvantages away from home. Torino is looking red hot at the moment and the match comes in great momentum for them. I expect hosts to take even easier victory than what the current odds suggest.