On Sunday, November 1, 2020, the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino hosts Torino vs Lazio in Matchday 6 of the 2020/21 Serie A.

The Head Referee for this clash will be Daniele Chiffi, the Assistant Referees will be Tegoni and Pagliardini, the Fourth Official will be Prontera, and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be Massa with the assistance of Alassio.

In the 132 times that Lazio and Torino have played each other in Serie A, the Biancocelesti have won on 37 occasions, the Granata have won on 39 occasions and there have been 54 draws. When playing at home, Torino has a record of 28W-23D-14L against Lazio.

As it stands in the top flight of Italian football, the Biancocelesti sit in nineteenth with a record of 2W-1D-2L (7 points) and the Granata sit in nineteenth with a record of 1W-0D-3L (1 point).

Expected Starting Lineups

Torino (4-3-1-2): Sirigu; Vojvoda, Bremer, Lyanco, Rodriguez; Meite, Rincon, Linetty; Lukic; Belotti, Verdi

  • Unavailable: Izzo, Baselli, Zaza, Millico
  • Disqualified: –
  • One Yellow Card Away From Suspension: 

Lazio (3-5-2): Reina; Luiz Felipe, Hoedt, Acerbi; Patric, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Pereira, Fares; Correa; Muriqi

  • Unavailable: Radu, Lulic, Proto, Djavan Anderson, Lazzari, Luis Alberto, Escalante, Marusic
  • Disqualified: –
  • One Yellow Card Away From Suspension: 
Prediction

This match takes place after Lazio tied Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge 1-1 (away from home) in Matchday 2 of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League. It was a courageous effort from the Biancocelesti after missing a total of 12 players (due to COVID-19 and injury); six players had to be called up from the Primavera squad to help Lazio fill a 16-man roster. Joaquin Correa scored within the first 15 minutes of the match off a pass from Adam Marusic. The Argentine made his run across Brugge’s 18-yard box and scored with a left-footed strike to give Lazio an early 1-0 lead. However, just before half time, Patric was penalized for a penalty (inside the box) as he had his arms wrapped around Mats Rits (0ff a corner). Hans Valaken converted from the spot and tied the match at 1-1. While many Lazio fans will be disappointed that the club did not walk away with all three points, this match defined the character of Simone Inzaghi’s squad who were without the likes of several starters, but were still able to grind out a draw away from home. They may be in a similar scenario come Sunday, as Lazio could be playing with a short bench against Torino.

In Torino’s recent match against Sassuolo, the Granata were in search of their first win this season. Nearly most of this match had poor visibility due to fog. Karol Linetty opened the score minutes after the half hour mark and gave Torino their first lead. The flood gates opened up in the last twenty minutes as there were five goals scored between both sides. Filip Djuricic scored just after the 70′ to tie the match; however, Andrea Belotti and Sasa Lukic followed with consecutive goals in a span of two minutes for Torino. Belotti has shown great form to start the season as he has scored five goals in four games. His goal was sheer brilliance as he brought down a long pass from Lyanco and outmuscled Vlad Chiriches to gain position in the Sassuolo goal and strike his shot past Andrea Consigli. Although Torino looked to be on their way to win the match, there was a turn of events. Chiriches and Francesco Caputo scored in a span of two minutes to tie the match 3-3 and leave Torino squandering for their first win this year.

After a slow start, Lazio have started to turn their season around as they are unbeaten in three straight games in all competitions. However, they unfortunately will enter this match with plenty of absentees due to COVID-19 and injury. With the character they showed against Brugge, this team has the ability to overcome difficult circumstances. If they are to pick up the three points, the Biancocelesti will need to be motivated and mentally prepared, as both Marco Giampaolo and Torino are desperate for their first win this season.

Prediction: Torino 1-2 Lazio