Preview - Torino vs Juventus 18 Feb

Started by aaguerra90, Feb 18, 2018, 01:14 AM

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Match Day 25
Torino vs Juventus
Sunday, February 18th, 2018
19:30 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

Last five matches: D W D W L
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Iago Falque (9)
Last five matches: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuain (14)

The Turin derby will likely be the match of the week in Serie A. Torino are two points outside the top seven, fighting for a spot in the Europa League. Juventus are in a battle with Napoli for the title, chasing the Partenopei by only a point. Both clubs have a lot to play for and will want to take all three points from this match. Juve have dominated their neighbors recently, will in-form Torino be able to finally put an end to that?

Juventus drew 2-2 versus Tottenham in midweek after leading the London club 2-0. Spurs put an end to Juve's run of 15 clean sheets in their previous 16 matches overall. Juventus will want to put that disappointing result behind them and put pressure on Napoli, who play later in the day. In the league, Juventus have won their last eight games, only giving up one goal in the process. Away from home, they have been a formidable squad, winning 10 out of 12 matches.

Torino are riding a seven game unbeaten streak. Will Il Toro's current form be enough to help them slay their mighty neighbors?

Juventus' experience in these these situations might make the difference in this match. Juve will know how to handle the pressure, while it could prove to be too much for Torino.

Prediction: Torino 1-2 Juventus


Feb 18, 2018, 11:01 PM Last Edit: Feb 19, 2018, 06:55 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 0:1
Full Time: 0:1
Shots: 6:7
Shots on target: 3:4
Corner Kicks: 2:3
Possession: 48:52

Juventus emerged victorious in the Turin derby courtesy of a goal by Alex Sandro in the first half.

The win not only gives them bragging rights in the city, it also temporarily sends them into first place in Serie A, two points ahead of Napoli who play SPAL later today.

The goal came in the 33rd minute. Federico Bernardeschi, who came on after Gonzalo Higuain appeared to have injured his ankle, sent a cross into the box to Alex Sandro. All the Brazilian had to do was calmly tap the ball into the net.

Higuain's injury should concern coach Massimiliano Allegri. His top goal scorer collided with Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and hurt his ankle. The timing of the injury is unfortunate, as Juventus are already missing Mario Mandzukic, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi with other ailments.

The good news for Allegri is that starlet Paulo Dybala was able to return to action after an injury layoff. The Argentine came on in the 66th minute for Diego Costa and had as many as three opportunities to double his side's lead, but was unsuccessful. Twice he missed the target, and a tamed shot from outside the area resulted in a save by Sirigu.

Torino had chances through M'Baye Niang and Iago Falque but neither had their shooting boots on correctly. Niang shot wide from a tight angle and Falque's shot didn't cause much trouble for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who started today with Gianluigi Buffon receiving a day off.

Juventus await the result in Napoli's game. Anything but a Napoli win will leave Juve in first place, on their quest for an unprecedented 7th consecutive Serie A title.

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