Preview - Torino vs Roma 20 August 18

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Match Day 1
Torino vs Roma
Monday, August 20th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

Last five matches form: L L D W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.42
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.21
Top Scorer 17/18: Iago Falqué (12)

Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.61
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.74
Top Scorer 17/18: Edin Džeko (16)

The Serie A Match Day 1 action continues as Roma travel to Turin for their season opener against Torino. Having finished a commendable third last season, Eusebio Di Francesco's men will be looking to get off to a positive start this time around.

Roma may have lost two of their biggest stars over the summer following the departures of Radja Nainggolan and Alisson, but they look to have invested the funds received wisely. Steven Nzonzi and Javier Pastore bring proven class to the midfield whilst winger Justin Kluivert and midfielder Bryan Cristante possess bags of potential.

Torino do also look to be improved though, with the talented but erratic M'Baye Niang an intriguing signing in an effort to improve the sides goal threat. Although as is often the case with Niang he already appears to involved in rumours that he may be leaving the club.

Roma did the double over Torino last season, including a 1-0 win in this fixture.

Cristian Ansaldi is suspended for the home side, whilst Lyanco is out injured. Adem Ljajic is also a slight doubt.

No injury concerns for Roma who have a full squad from which to select.

This looks an intriguing matchup on the opening weekend. Overall though it is Roma who possess the greater quality in the squad and following an encouraging pre-season, they are fancied to come out on top.

Prediction: Torino 0 - 2 Roma


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  9 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 46% - 54%

Iago Falque was booked for Torino here, with referee Marco De Bello also taking the names of Roma's Federico Fazio, Alessandro Florenzi an Edin Dzeko.

Games don't get too much tighter than this with precious little to choose between the sides. The taking of just one chance can so often prove the difference in contests such as this and so it proved here as Roma came out narrowly on top with a late winner.

Roma started the brighter of the two sides, with some nice play in and around the area. That final pass or finish was proving elusive though - partly down to some stout defending from Torino - and the best they could manage was an effort into the side netting.

Torino did come back into it though and actually came closest of all in the first half. Debutant Tomas Rincon seeing a good effort from the edge of the area clip the top of the crossbar.

Torino thought they had the lead in the second period. Iago Falque firing in an effort from around twelve yards, only to have the effort chalked off for an offside in the build-up as VAR stepped in.

Robin Olsen was forced into making a couple of smart stops for Roma, who themselves struck the foot of the post with a header from a set piece. As time began to tick down though it seemed that this one would end in a stalemate.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man, and as is so often the case when it comes to Roma, that man was Edin Dzeko.

A deep cross from new boy Justin Kluivert finding Dzeko lurking at the back post in the 89th minute. One guided volley back across goal and into the top corner later and Roma had stolen the points.

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