Torino vs Lazio: Match Preview
Looking at the previous ten matches between the two sides, the Biancocelesti have won on five occasions, the Granata have won on two occasions, and there have been three draws. In more recent times, Lazio drew Torino 1-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 10 of the 2019/20 campaign.
In regards to form in the Serie A this campaign, Simone Inzaghi’s team sits in second with a record of 20W-5D-3L (65 points), while Moreno Longo’s side sits in fourteenth with a record of 9W-4D-15L (31 points). The last round of calcio saw the Biancocelesti defeat Fiorentina 2-1 and the Granata lose 4-2 to Cagliari.
Expected Starting Lineups
Torino (3-4-3): Sirigu; Izzo, Nkolou, Bremer; De Silvestri, Meitè, Lukic, Aina; Edera, Belotti, Berenguer.
Yellow-Carded: Izzo, Lukic, Rincon, Sirigu, Zaza
Unavailable: Zaza, Baselli
Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic, Parolo, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Caicedo, Immobile.
Yellow-Carded: Acerbi, Caicedo, Cataldi, Immobile, Lazzari
Unavailable: Lucas Leiva, Luiz Felipe, Lulic
This match takes place after Lazio won 2-1 in Rome to Fiorentina in the Serie A. It was a hard-fought result for the Biancocelesti, which saw them give up a 1-0 lead in the first half-hour, however, in the 82nd minute Luis Alberto once again was the hero to preserve a 2-1 win. Lazio has shown to fight back in their matches this season, yet in their game against Viola, the squad displayed a strong effort and were able to leave with the full three points.
The last time these two teams met back in October, Lazio were in great form and put in one of their best performances this season, as they defeated Torino 4-0. Francesco Acerbi scored a beautiful goal near midfield and Ciro Immobile led the way with a brace. Inzaghi will not be on the sideline for this match after picking up a red card against Fiorentina. Aside from Inzaghi set to miss the match, they will be without many key players as Luiz Felipe, Lucas Leiva, Senad Lulic, Danilo Cataldi and Bobby Adekayne are all expected to miss the game once again. The task will be difficult for Lazio but they have shown to be resilient this season.
As for the Granata, they started their season with two straight wins and have been inconsistent since then. Walter Mazzari stepped down back in February after a string of poor losses to Atalanta and Lecce in a combined score of 11-0. Longo has taken over since and in his short time with the club, the Italian hasn’t fared much better with a record of one win, one draw and four losses.
Torino have been very poor this season as they have been in bad form as of late. In their recent match against Cagliari, Il Toro trailed 3-0, however, they came back within a goal as Bremer and Andrea Belotti each followed up with successive goals. The comeback was short-lived as minutes later, Cagliari was awarded a penalty after Nicolas Nkoulou conceded a foul on Luca Pellegrini in the box. Joao Pedro converted the penalty and ended any sort of comeback with a 4-2 win.
With Lazio four points back from Juventus at fourth and Torino six points separated from Lecce who currently hold the final spot towards relegation, neither team will want to lose ground in the standings. Expect an exciting clash Tuesday evening at the Olimpico Grande Torino.
Prediction: Torino 1-2 Lazio