This weekend’s Serie A schedule throws up the first Derby della Mole of the season between Torino and Juventus. The home team have an awful record in this fixture, but Juve look weaker than they have for many years and Il Toro will be desperate to ending their winless streak against the Old Lady.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino – 2 October, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Torino vs. Juventus: BT Sport
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equaliser to rescue a point for Juventus in last season’s corresponding fixture, after Antonio Sanabria’s brace had put Torino in front following Federico Chiesa’s early opener.
Torino v Juventus Predictions and Preview
There is, of course, no more Ronaldo to rescue Juventus any more. The Portuguese superstar took a lot of flak for the perceived detriment his presence had on the Bianconeri, but their struggles in his absence appear to make a mockery of that theory ahead of the Old Lady’s trip across the city to Torino.
The Granata have made an okay start to the 2021-22 Serie A season, registering two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six matches. Ivan Juric’s side have drawn each of their last two games 1-1 against Lazio at home and then Venezia away, having lost their first two fixtures and then beating Salernitana and Sassuolo in their next two.
Juventus have an identical record after their first six games, having finally reversed their fortunes on the back of successive 3-2 victories away to Spezia and at home to Sampdoria. Max Allegri’s return to Turin has been anything but smooth so far, with the Old Lady showing real weakness at the back and now facing a couple of nightmare injury problems.
Paulo Dybala is set to miss the next few weeks of action after picking up an injury last weekend, while Allegri must also juggle Champions League commitments following Juve’s home game against European champions Chelsea on Wednesday. Alvaro Morata is also set to miss this game for the visitors, in another blow to their attacking options.
Torino coach Juric has an even worse injury list on his hands at present, with as many as six players potentially missing this derby. Armando Izzo, Marko Pjaca, Dennis Praet and Simone Zaza are all injured, while Simone Edera and Andrea Belotti are also likely to miss out.
With that in mind, along with the away team’s resurgent form in recent weeks, the hosts aren’t looking easy to back at 33/10 in this Torino v Juventus preview. Especially considering Il Toro have failed to beat their local rivals in their last 14 attempts in league and cup.
Juventus have won 11 of those 14 games, with last season’s draw ending their run of three straight victories in the derby. The Bianconeri are 19/20 favourites to win this weekend. Torino have at least scored in each of the last three meetings, with both teams to score here priced at 10/13 and a Juve win with BTTS 11/4. That said, another draw could be on the cards at 13/5, given Juve’s poor early-season form.
One to watch for Torino: With Belotti potentially out, Sanabria needs to lace up his shooting boots for this Torino v Juventus prediction. He’s only scored once in six Serie A fixture so far this term, but that was the opener against Salernitana and he is 8/1 to break the deadlock here.
One to watch for Juventus: Moise Kean is set to start this game up front for the away team, having opened his account back at Juve in their 3-2 victory over Spezia. He is 6/1 to score first in this weekend’s Derby della Mole.
Long shot: Juve have won each of their last two games 3-2, while the last three Turin derbies have produced a total of 12 goals at an average of four per game. The Bianconeri are available at 26/1 to win 3-2 as part of your Torino v Juventus tips, rising to 160/1 if you add Kean as the opening goalscorer.