Sunday, December 11, 2016

Torino vs Juventus Italian Serie A - 11-12-2016

Torino vs Juventus - Competition: Italian Serie A
Torino team enter the derby in solid form. They have won six of their last 10 and currently sit 7th in the league table, 11 points behind their city rivals. The Granata were beaten 2-0 in their last game at Sampdoria but they are undefeated in their last 7 home league matches. Napoli leapfrogged them in the table standings but Sinisa Mihajlovic's men are still in the chase for a European spot.
Mihajlovic will once more have to decide between Davide Zappacosta or Lorenzo De Silvestri at right-back and Daniele Baselli or Afryie Acquah in midfield. The Serb manager will play with an offensive 4-3-3 in which Andrea Belotti will be flanked by Adem Ljajic and Iago Falque up front. Joe Hart will defend the goal while Christian Molinaro and Joel Obi are out through injury.
Juventus are the only team in Europe that topped their Champions League group while also leading their domestic league. They sealed top spot in their UCL group by beating Zagreb in midweek to complete their group stage campaign without suffering a single loss. Domestically, returned to winning ways by dfeating Atalanta 3-1 at the Juventus Stadium after they were beaten by Genoa with the same scoreline a week earlier. The Bianconeri The Old Lady have an excellent record in the Turin derby having won nine of the last 10 editions.
Juventus team still have some injury problems at the back. Bonucci, Dani Alves and Barzagli all set to miss out for this weekend’s match. Up front, Paulo Dybala is ready and willing to start, but Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain are favourite to retain their berth. Miralem Pjanic is likely to play as offensive midfield behind the attacking duo in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Sami Khedira will return to the lineup after a routine day off, while Stefano Sturaro is the fourth midfielder in the pecking order, so he is the favourite to start. Marko Pjaca remains sidelined. 

Torino last 5 matches:
10/11/16 Torino 7 – 0 Bra
20/11/16 Crotone 0 – 2 Torino
26/11/16 Torino 2 – 1 Chievo Verona
29/11/16 Torino E 4 – 0 Pisa
04/12/16 Sampdoria 2 – 0 Torino

Juventus last 5 matches:
19/11/16 Juventus 3 – 0 Pescara
22/11/16 Sevilla 1 – 3 Juventus
27/11/16 Genoa 3 – 1 Juventus
03/12/16 Juventus 3 – 1 Atalanta
07/12/16 Juventus 2 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb
Date: 11 December 2016
Kick-off Time: 14:00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino 

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