Preview - Torino vs Inter Milan 08 April 2018

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Match Day 31
Torino vs Inter Milan
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
07:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

Torino: 
Last five matches form: L L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Iago Falque (11)

Inter Milan:
Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (24)

18 points clear of the relegation zone and nine adrift of the European spots, Torino are the definition of a late season mid table side with not all that much to play for. Back to back wins over strugglers Cagliari and Crotone suggest that they haven't taken their foot off the gas entirely, but the visit of Champions League chasing Inter Milan this coming weekend will provide a far sterner test.

Inter currently occupy the crucial fourth Champions League spot, but remain only two points clear of Lazio in a race that may go right down to the wire. Unbeaten in five they arrive in decent form and will be keen to get back to winning ways following the stalemate in the Milan derby.

This looks an interesting clash, for whilst Torino have rattled in four goals in each of their past two games, Inter Milan now haven't conceded a goal in an impressive 450 minutes of Serie A action.

On the injury front Tomas Rincon misses out in midfield for Torino through suspension. Inter Milan are in the luxurious position of not having a single player either injured or suspended.

Torino are playing well enough at the minute to at least give Inter Milan something to think about and are fancied to get on the scoresheet. Inter's greater ability and need for the points should see them do enough though.


Prediction: Torino 1 - 2 Inter Milan

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 10 - 15
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 1 - 16
Possession: 38% - 62%

The two sides kept referee Paolo Tagliavento's card count ticking over here. Andrea Belotti and Daniele Baselli seeing yellow for the home side and Miranda, Marcelo Brozovic and Roberto Gagliardini being booked for the visitors.

On most days Inter would not have lost this game. Dominating possession, total shots and shots on target, they can count themselves a little unlucky. That they didn't even salvage a point was in large part down to a solid display from Torino keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Sirigu produced an excellent save in the 13th minute. Mauro Icardi blasting a volleyed effort at goal from around seven yards but the Torino stopper getting a hand to it to palm over.

Against the run of play Torino took the lead in the 36th minute. Breaking in space Andrea Belotti was taking an eternity to pick out a pass, so Ivan Perisic did it for him. The Inter midfielders tackle turning into a perfect through ball for Lorenzo De Silvestri down the right-hand side. De Silvestri squared for Adem Ljajic arriving at the far post. 1-0.

Six minutes later Torino had the ball in the net again. A slick passing move and a nice finish into the bottom corner but unfortunately Iago Falque was offside. 1-0 at the break.

Inter huffed and puffed in the second half, drawing further saves from Sirigu. The closest they came to an equaliser was when Rafinha's volleyed effort following a corner rattled back off the right hand upright in the 69th minute. 1-0 it stayed.

With Lazio winning away at Udinese, Inter drop down into fifth and out of the Champions League positions. The pressure is now firmly on heading into the final stretch of games. Torino stay 10th, seven points off Europa League qualification with just seven games remaining.

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