Preview - Torino vs Napoli 23 September 18

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Match Day 5
Torino vs Napoli
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
19:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

Last five matches form: W L D W D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Soualiho Meité (2)

Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Piotr Zieliński & Lorenzo Insigne (2)

The Serie A action continues this weekend and one of the more intriguing of the Match Day 5 contests comes in Turin as Napoli travel to take on Torino.

Torino have started the season pretty well, rebounding from an opening day defeat to Roma with away draws against Inter and Udinese and a home win versus high flying SPAL.

Likewise Napoli have begun their campaign in largely encouraging fashion, with the only blip coming when losing away to Sampdoria. They were excellent at times last week at home against Fiorentina, but face another tough road trip here.

Napoli won this fixture 3-1 last season. Torino did salvage some pride though when picking up a 2-2 draw in Naples in the reverse game.

Torino may have a slight edge here in that they have a free week in which to prepare for the game whereas Napoli had a midweek Champions League game to contend with, coming away with a slightly disappointing goalless draw against Crvena Zvezda.

Having lost their influential manager and key midfielder over the summer, overall we would expect Napoli to be not quite so good as they were last season. Whilst they played very well last weekend, any drop off from last year is most likely to make itself known on the road. With that midweek game in Europe in their legs, they may just come unstuck here.

Prediction: Torino 2 - 1 Napoli


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  9 - 11
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 54% - 46%

Five bookings at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. Referee Massimiliano Irrati taking the names of Tomas Rincon and Armando Izzo of the home side in addition to Kalidou Koulibaly, Marko Rog and Raul Albiol of Napoli.

An impressive away display this from Napoli who got in front early and never really looked like letting Torino off the hook. Napoli's rear-guard was particularly impressive here, restricting Torino to just the two shots on target and only conceding from the penalty spot in the end.

The opener came after just four minutes. An innocuous looking low cross into the area from the left-hand side causing all kinds of havoc as the Torino defence hacked and slashed at the ball but could only present it to Lorenzo Insigne around seven yards from goal. Insigne thanking the defence for their kindness with a thumped finish into the back of the net.

Napoli were all over Torino early and really could have had another three goals by the time the second did arrive in the twentieth minute. Lovely goal from Simone Verdi. Picking the ball up in midfield he drove forward before finding Dries Mertens on the left flank. Verdi continued his run into the area and was found by Mertens before volleying into the right-hand side of the goal. 0-2 at the break.

Torino were handed a lifeline in the 51st minute. Clumsy challenge from Sebastiano Luperto on Alex Berenguer in the right corner of the eighteen-yard box seeing the referee point straight to the spot. Andrea Belotti stepping up to finish into the bottom right.

Eight minutes later though Napoli restored their two-goal advantage. Callejon played in on the right-hand side of the box by Zielinski and seeing his effort come back off the left upright. Insigne on hand to finish in off the right-hand post. 1-3 final score. Napoli up to second. Torino down in 15th.

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