Torino seek a first Serie A triumph since Boxing Day when they meet Inter this weekend. After a bright start to the campaign, the Granata have faltered, slipping down the table after being in European contention until early-December. Meanwhile, hosts Inter sit in third, seven point adrift of Napoli.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Turin – 27 January, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Torino vs. Inter: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Ivan Perisic gave the Nerazzurri an early lead which was quickly doubled by Stefan de Vrij. Toro fought back for a valiant point after the break, though, courtesy of Andrea Belotti and Soualiho Meïté.
|Both teams to score in the first-half||7/2||Offer|
|Inter Milan to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Torino vs. Inter Predictions and Preview
Walter Mazzarri’s Torino have only lost five games all campaign, a figure less than Lazio, Atalanta, Sampdoria and Fiorentina, but each of these four teams sit above the Granata in the table. Alongside the Viola and Cagliari, no side has drawn more duels and if the Turin based outfit had converted even two of the ties in to victories, they would be firmly in the reckoning for a Europa League berth.
Mazzarri chief goalscoring threat is skipper Belotti, and the Italy international is showing signs of the form that attracted widespread interest on the continent. Belotti harbours ambitions of a recall to Roberto Mancini’s national setup and a vital contribution against Inter would do his chances no harm. The striker is 11/2 to open proceedings while Toro are 13/5 to pick up the win and 5/2 to make it 10 draws from 21 matches.
After the 6-2 demolition of Benevento, the Nerazzurri reverted back to their inconsistent ways during the goalless encounter with Sassuolo. Luciano Spalletti’s troops were frustrated and toiled for large periods and could soon be looking over their shoulder with Roma and Atalanta on the rise.
More is expected of talisman Mauro Icardi who, by his own very high standards will be disappointed with his haul of nine efforts from 17 appearances and once from his last five. Nevertheless, the South American talisman is the overwhelming favourite to strike first at 7/2 while Inter are 11/10 to leave Northern Italy will all three points.
One to watch for Torino: Iago Falque will probably get the nod ahead of Simone Zaza and needs to improve on recent showings. The Spaniard is 11/4 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Inter: Lautaro Martinez has three from his last four performances and is an attractive 9/2 in the final scorer market. The young Argentine is unlikely to displace Icardi but will feature during the closing stages.
Long shot: Inter have taken something from seven of their ten fixtures on the road to date and will be confident of continuing this productive sequence. A 3-0 success is available at 23/1, though a win of any kind would help maintain a healthy distance between themselves and bitter rivals Milan who currently hold fourth place.