Preview - Udinese vs Torino 16 September 18

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Sep 15, 2018, 05:48 AM Last Edit: Sep 15, 2018, 05:53 AM by Harry85
Match Day 4
Udinese vs Torino
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Dacia Arena

Last five matches form: W W D W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.66
Top Scorer 17/18: Kevin Lasagna (12)

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

An evenly poised match up at the Dacia Arena on Match Day 4 in Serie A as Udinese play host to Torino.

With each having played three, won one, drawn one and lost one, scored three and conceded three in the league to date, there's absolutely nothing to split these sides so far.

Going back to last season it was Torino who held the edge, winning this game 3-2 in addition to coming out on top 2-0 at home.

Emmanuel Badu is the only injury concern for the home side. The visitors may be forced into a little reshuffle in midfield though with both Lyanco and Cristian Ansaldi expected to miss out.

In a game so evenly poised as this one, small margins can make all the difference. As such the edge may just lie with Udinese. Not only are they playing at home, they also look to hold a slight advantage on the injury front.

On the other hand Torino do have the better starting eleven, even when factoring in the issues in midfield with Italian International Simone Zaza not even certain to start. They have also managed to avoid defeat in eight of their past eleven on the road.

Much like the league table at present we can't split these two and a score draw seem to be just about the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Udinese 1 - 1 Torino


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  7 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 42% - 58%

Seko Fofana and Darwin Machis were booked for the home side. Referee Paolo Valeri also taking the names of Simone Zaza and Roberto Soriano of Torino.

Both sides had their chances to take this one, but Torino were undoubtedly the better side overall, dominating possession and the shot count despite playing away from home.

Torino had just gone close to taking the lead themselves - Lorenzo De Silvestri latching onto a mistake and blasting only narrowly wide - when they found themselves behind in the 28th minute.

Rodrigo De Paul advancing towards the Torino area following a swift counter attack and letting fly on goal. A big deflection helped his cause, leaving the keeper stranded and finding the bottom left corner for De Paul's third goal of the season. 1-0 at half time.

It took Torino just four minutes to equalize after the interval. The ball breaking to Soualiho Meite on the edge of the eighteen-yard box, and the Frenchman producing an excellent finish into the top left corner. Keeper no chance.

Defences were on top for the remainder of the game, with both sides struggling to muster much in the way of clear-cut chances. Valon Behrami going closest for the hosts when heading narrowly wide from a corner when he really ought to have at least made the keeper make a save.

Ola Aina doing best for the visitors; fashioning an opportunity for himself when dancing past two defenders into the area only to slash his effort over the bar.

1-1   final score.

The two sides had an identical record headed into this game and still have an identical record after it. They are now tied in tenth spot in Serie A.

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