Torino host Juventus in the latest instalment of the Derby della Mole. The champions have only dropped two points from 15 rounds of Serie A action but come up against a rejuvenated Toro who have gone under the radar this term. The home squad are just one point off Milan in fourth.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 15 December, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Torino vs. Juventus: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Alex Sandro got the only goal of the game back in February as the Bianconeri squeezed past Torino.
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Torino vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
Toro have only lost once in their last ten league matches and demonstrated both their resolve and ability in the recent goalless draw with Milan. The Granata picked up a creditable point and have only been defeated three times all campaign. This figure is lower than Inter, Lazio and Roma, three clubs who are expected to challenge for the Champions League places and manager Walter Mazzarri deserves great credit for his work. The former Napoli and Inter tactician has quietly put together a good side, particularly in defence and only the top three have shipped less goals than Torino.
Further forward, Italy international Andrea Belotti appears to be getting back to his best and has a good track record against the Bianconeri, opening the scoring in the fixture on home soil in 2016 as well as a consolation effort the year previously. Belotti is 7/2 to register first and will relish the battle with national team colleagues Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. The Granata are available at 11/2 to inflict a first loss of the campaign for Juventus and 14/5 to pick up a share of the spoils.
For the visiting champions, it was another successful gameweek in the build up to the Turin Derby. The Bianconeri extended their advantage over Inter to a whopping 14 points after striker Mario Mandzukic’s goal settled the heavyweight contest. Juventus were not at their vintage best but still had enough to see off Luciano Spalletti’s dejected troops and they will need little motivation to come firing out of the blocks against their cross town foes. The title holders are 11/20 to secure bragging rights and yet another triumph.
One to watch for Torino: Only Belotti has more goals to his name than Daniele Baselli and the midfielder will have licence to get forward and support the skipper. Baselli is 24/5 to bag anytime during the contest.
One to watch for Juventus: Sami Khedira is fit again and the German will be a welcome addition to a midfield that doesn’t score often. The World Cup winner is 9/2 in the same betting.
Long shot: Torino will set up in a 3-5-1-1 formation with each member of the five man midfield diligently carrying out their manager’s instructions. From an attacking point of view, the Granata will be buoyed by the number of chances Inter created and won’t be overawed by the occasion. A 2-2 draw is 24/1.