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Match Day 16
Torino vs. Juventus
Sunday, December 16th 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: W L D W D
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.07
Top Scorer: Andrea Belotti (5)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.13
Average goals against per match: 0.53
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (10)

 It's derby day in Turin on Match Day 16 in Serie A as sixth placed Torino play host to the Juventus juggernaut.

Juventus did the double over Torino last season, coming out narrowly on top when winning this game 1-0 and prevailing 2-0 in the reverse fixture.

Torino will be the underdogs here, but do at least have a fully fit squad from which to select. Juventus will be without the injured duo of Moise Kean and Andrea Barzagli in addition to the suspended Rodrigo Bentancur.

Torino will have the benefit of not having had a game in midweek whereas Juventus were in Champions League action at Young Boys. They have been on an impressive run of late too with just the one defeat in their past 10 in Serie A. Whilst they are unbeaten on the road though, they have tasted defeat three times at home, to Roma, Napoli and Parma.

Juventus were below par in midweek when losing at Young Boys, but that was close to being a dead rubber of a game really. In Serie A they have been dominant, winning 14 and drawing 1of their 15 games to date. Stretching back to last season the Old Lady are unbeaten in their past twenty on the road in Serie A.

Torino are playing well at the minute - impressing again at AC Milan last weekend - but the fact remains that Juventus are a cut above the opposition in this league and are likely to win.

Prediction: Torino 1 - 2 Juventus


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 5
Possession: 49% - 51%

Simone Zaza and Cristian Ansaldi of Torino had their names taken by referee Marco Guida. Miralem Pjanic, Emre Can, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mattia Perin of Juventus were also booked.

This one was as tight and closely fought as one would expect of a derby game between two in-form sides. Torino are making a season out of being pretty solid and tough to beat, and they certainly did their utmost here, but in the end - like most other teams in this division- they just couldn't withstand the black and white tide in the end.

Ronaldo had the first real chance of the game when the ball fell to him just inside the eighteen-yard box. He fired first time towards the bottom right corner, but keeper Savatore Sirigu proved equal to his effort, at some cost to himself though as he was injured in making the save and had to be replaced.

Giorguio Chiellini then went close with a cheeky back heeled volley from a corner, but it was looking hard to see either side scoring overall.

Torino weren't offering too much from an attacking perspective, relying on set pieces and the occasional break. They were keeping the Champions pretty well in check though. 0-0 at the break.

The second half continued to be a pretty tight battle, with the defining moment coming twenty minutes from time. Torino inflicting the damage on themselves. Substitute keeper Salvador Ichazo racing off his line to deal with a terrible back pass from Zaza but only succeeding in bringing down Mario Mandzukic. Penalty kick.

Cometh the big moment in the big game, cometh Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 stepping up to fire into the bottom right. And that's all she wrote. 0-1 final score.

15 wins and one draw from their 16 Serie A games to date sees Juventus eight points clear at the head of the table. Torino slip down to tenth but really should be encouraged by their performance here when looking ahead to the rest of the season.

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