Preview - Juventus vs Torino 24 Sep

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Juventus vs Torino

Turin comes to a standstill as their two biggest teams lock horns at the Juventus Stadium. Both Juventus and Torino are still unbeaten, which has given special meaning to this derby. Torino, who have three wins and two draws, will look to Andrea Belotti to get the better of their more illustrious cousins. Belotti has netted six times in five games, but the summer additions of Cristian Ansaldi, M'Baye Niang and Salvatore Sirigu have given Torino a major lift. Paulo Dybala currently has eight goals in five games, and will be without Andrea Barzagli. Torino's Adem Ljajic has beaten the war drums saying that he feels "his time has come" and that he is ready to conquer the derby.


Match Stats:

  • Juventus 4-0 Torino
  • Shots: 20-3
  • Possession: 61%-39%
  • Corner kicks: 6-3

Paulo Dybala, Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro sealed a Juventus win in the Derby della Mole, but Daniele Baselli left Torino down to 10 men for over an hour.

The Derby della Mole saw both Turin giants unbeaten going into the game, though the Bianconeri needed to maintain their 100 per cent record if they were to stop Napoli going clear at the top of the table. Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio, Marko Pjaca and Benedikt Howedes were injured, but Gonzalo Higuain was dropped in favour of Mario Mandzukic as the centre-forward. Toro missed Joel Obi and Antonio Barreca, choosing an all-attack formation.

Last season, this fixture ended 1-1 with Higuain cancelling out Adem Ljajic's free kick in stoppages, and that ended a run of four consecutive Granata defeats. The last time Toro beat Juve was 2-1 on their own turf in April 2015, but an 'away' Derby della Mole win stretches back to another 2-1 result in April 1995.

Lyanco was a surprise pick in central defence and almost scored an own goal after four minutes, but Salvatore Sirigu scrambled back to get on the end of the terrible back-pass.

Juan Cuadrado dribbled through the Toro defence on a slalom only to eventually fire over, although he felt there was a deflection. Ljajic also blasted off target and Giorgio Chiellini flung himself at the Iago Falque strike in the penalty area.

Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanic pressured Daniele Baselli and Tomas Rincon into giving up possession, at which point Dybala drilled in from the edge of the box. It was La Joya's ninth goal in six Serie A games.

Torino shot themselves in the foot, as Baselli had already received a yellow card when he leapt into Pjanic sideways in an extraordinarily clumsy challenge, leaving the Granata down to 10 men for over an hour.

Cuadrado's acrobatic attempt from an Alex Sandro cross was cleared off the line by Lyanco, while Sinisa Mihajlovic introduced Afriyie Acquah to bolster the midfield.

Andrea Belotti pounced on a Cuadrado error to counter and was brought down, Ljajic firing the resulting free kick into the wall. Ljajic was visibly irritable and booked for kicking the ball away.

Juve doubled their advantage as Cuadrado pulled back for unmarked Pjanic to curl into the near top corner from the edge of the box.

Gigi Buffon fingertipped a Ljajic free kick off the feet of Belotti at the far post.

Alex Sandro blasted over after the restart, but did get the third goal when he nodded in a Pjanic corner at the near post from six yards.

Lorenzo De Silvestri tested Buffon from distance, as did substitute Federico Bernardeschi on Sirigu, but the Toro goalkeeper needed a fantastic reaction save with his feet on Medhi Benatia's downward header.

There was a chaotic move with a series of shots pinballing around the six-yard box, at least three cleared off the line, but somehow it didn't squirm past Sirigu.

Mandzukic thought he'd added a fourth with his volley at the back stick, but it thumped the upright. Mandzukic tried again with a fierce strike, stinging Sirigu's gloves.

Sirigu continues his astonishing performance to keep the scoreline down, as in the final minutes he somehow denied a Douglas Costa volley from six yards with his elbow.

The former PSG goalkeeper could do nothing when Dybala sprung the offside trap - as Cristian Ansaldi got the final touch rather than substitute Higuain - to dink it over Sirigu.

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