Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Prediction: Torino vs Inter Milan

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 5/8

Bookmaker: 888sport

Serie A Sunday programme starts with an early afternoon clash in Torino where barging Bulls will lock horns with Inter Milan in search of their third win on the trot. Meanwhile, Nerazzurri arelooking to extend their unbeaten run to six consecutive matches and cement the fourth place in the standings.

Torino

Things have been rather hectic for Torino this season. The Serie A top-table hopefuls have parted ways with Sinisa Mihajlovic back in January after the Serb’s two-year spell at the helm. El Toro then appointed former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri who appears to be finally making his mark at the club.

Torino have done rather well to recover from a four-match losing streak late in February and early March. Mazzarri’s men beat Cagliari 4-1 before crushing Crotone in a 4-1 triumph to hopefully demonstrate the adjustment period with the new manager is finally over. Back-to-back wins will have been a timely morale boost for Torino who have a mountain to climb this weekend. El Toro lost eight of their 11 home games against Inter Milan since 1999. The home side will definitely hope their biggest star Andrea Belotti will be able to maintain his current form against Inter Milan. The 24-year-old Italy forward struggled with injuries this season but the home set of fans will definitely be hoping that his hat-trick against Crotone is a sign of things to come.

Team News

Brazil defender Lyanco is set to miss the Inter Milan game due to an issue with his foot. Cristiano Molinaro remains unavailable due to his fractured fibula.

Additionally, the 23-year-old French attacker M’Baye Niang picked up an injury in training and is likely to be omitted as well.

Inter Milan

Nerazzurri had big plans for the 2017/18 season but they all came crushing down despite the financial backing from the new owners. The arrival of Luciano Spalletti has indeed restored stability but the experienced tactician is yet to take his team to where they want to be.

Inter Milan currently sit in fourth place in the standings, only two points ahead of Lazio and will be pushing for a positive result in Turin to keep them in the running for Champions League places. Nerazzurri have lost only once in nine Serie A games and there will hardly be a better way to bounce back from a derby stalemate than with three points in the very next game. The top-four chasers have yet to taste defeat since mid-February and will most certainly look to avoid any unpleasant surprises against the side they had no problems beating in the past. The two most recent matches between the two sides did end up being draws and Inter Milan should be very careful going to Torino. Spalletti will be hopeful Mauro Icardi will be able to restore his scoring touch after being kept quiet for 90 minutes against AC Milan. Six goals in three games for the Argentine striker are enough of a warning however.

Team News

Inter Milan have a clean bill of health which means Luciano Spalletti will be able to field his strongest side.

Ivan Perisic, Andrea Ranoccia and Eder are all one booking away from getting a yellow-card suspension and will have to extra careful in Turin.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Inter Milan lost only one of their 12 games across all competitions
  • Torino scored eight goals in their last two Serie A matches
  • Granata lost all of their 11 home games against Inter Milan since 1999
  • Mauro Icardi scored six goals in last three matches for Inter
  • Andrea Belotti geared up for inter with a hat-trick against Crotone

Conclusion

History suggest Torino will have little to hope for against Inter Milan this Sunday. El Toro are yet to beat Nerazzurri in their 11 home encounters but Walter Mazzarri has done enough to restore faith and confidence and Granata will have to be taken seriously. Last two matches between these sides ended in draws and with both teams in fine scoring forms we expect to see goals on both ends on Sunday.

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 5/8

Bookmaker: 888sport

 

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