Torino kick-start their Europa League hopes with the visit of Debreceni. The first-leg will be played in Italy before the second-round tie is decided in Hungary on August 1. The Granata have been quiet in the transfer market but are expected to advance to the next qualifying round of Europe’s second competition.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin – 25 July, kick-off
Where you can see Torino vs. Debreceni: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Thursday’s encounter will mark the first meeting between the sides.
Debrecen to score in both halves
|Under 1.5 goals||18/5||Offer|
|Torino to win 2-0||9/2||Offer|
Torino v Debreceni Predictions and Preview
Despite narrowly missing out on a European berth via their league finish, Torino could look back on the 2018-19 campaign fondly. The Granata finished three points adrift of Roma, and expected to be on their pre-season excursions until Milan stunned UEFA by excluding themselves from the tournament.
As a result, Roma took the Rossoneri’s spot in the group-stage and Torino were bumped up to the qualifying phase and Walter Mazzarri’s men now find themselves three rounds from a place in the Europa League proper.
Mazzarri will task skipper Andrea Belotti with the goalscoring mantle and the striker will relish the opportunity of playing in Europe. After a difficult 2017, Belotti now looks back to his best under the former Napoli boss and is displaying the form that attracted the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Milan.
The Italy international was the subject of a €60m bid from West Ham United but the offer was quickly rejected by Torino, highlighting how important the striker is to an ambitious project. Belotti is 2/1 to open proceedings while the hosts are 1/6 to claim a first-leg advantage. Torino are 4/7 to keep a clean sheet on the night.
Opponents Debreceni are the rank outsiders for the clash but do have firepower in the ranks. Márk Szécsi averaged a goal every three appearances in the previous term and will lead the line. The Hungarian attacker is 16/2 to strike first, while the visitors are 16/1 to pull off a shock result and 5/1 to earn a draw.
One to watch for Torino: Iago Falque will have licence to get forward and support Belotti from midfield and the Spaniard has a point to prove after unwhelming last year. The Real Madrid youth graduate is 6/1 to score anytime.
One to watch for Debreceni: Tamás Takács should feature at some stage alongside Szécsi and the giant hitman is 24/3 to hit the final effort of the game.
Long shot: Mazzarri deserves immense credit for the team he has quietly put together with a defence statistically bettered by few in Serie A last campaign and a resurgent attack coming back to the fore. The Granata need an addition or two in midfield but should have far too much for their Hungarian rivals and a 4-0 outcome is 17/2.