FC Torino vs. Genoa 1893 / Serie A – Fixture for Thursday tells us that six more matches of irregular 18th round of Italian Serie A will be played on that day, and the first we are going to analyse is between two teams from the middle of standings, where 9th-positioned Torino has at the moment two points more than 12th Genoa. The two teams are in decline and under this we have especially in mind Torino that lost three previous matches, while Genao lost two in last three rounds, including one at home to feeble Palermo. Let’s add that a visiting team didn’t win in their last six head-to-head, while besides two draws, each team won two times at home. Begins: 22.12.2016 – 20:45 CET
One of those draws took place at Torino stadium, so its players will surely give their best on Thursday in order to again defeat Genoa, especially as they failed to win a single point from last two away matches in Genoa. Besides, coach Mihajlovic’s players are in negative series of three defeats, although part of excuse can be difficult schedule, given they faced Sampdoria and Napoli away in the period, while in between those two matches they met leading Juventus at home.
However, thanks to previous series of three consecutive wins Torino is still positioned in the upper half of standings but now it lags behind teams which occupy positions that lead to Europe for eight points, so they will be extra motivated from that side to win all three points against Genoa. Before the defeat by Juventus at home they had a series of even five wins and two draws, which indicates that Torino plays more offensively at home than away. Let’s add that out of action is currently only injured defender Molinaro.
Probable lineups FC Torino: Hart – Zappacosta, Rossettini, Castan, Barreca – Benassi, Valdifiori, Baselli – Falque, Belotti, Ljajic
Genoa could boost till previous round that is still undefeated at home but then they faced last-positioned Palermo which sensationally triumphed after a great turnover by 4-3. Genoa had a lead till 70th minute of 3-1 and it seemed that will continue great series at home but then their defence made several unexplainable mistakes, which the guests from Sicily used in the best possible way and won valuable points in the survival race.
To make things worse, goalkeeper Perin earned a red card in the stoppage time, so now against Torina at Genoa’s goal will be reserve goalkeeper Lammana. Besides Perin, this match will skip suspended midfielder Rigoni, while standard midfielder Veloso joined the injured list where are from before injured midfielders Rincon and Pavoletti. It means that coach Juric must send on the pitch event three reserve players and those are probably Edenislon, Ntcham and Cofie.
Probable lineups Genoa 1893: Lamanna – Izzo, Burdisso, Munoz – Edenilson, Ntcham, Cofie, Laxalt – Lazovic, Ninkovic – Simeone
FC Torino – Genoa 1893 PICK
Given that here we have duel between two teams which play much better at home than away this season, it is quite logical to play on Torino, especially as the guests from Genoa have plenty of problems with absences.
Pick: Torino wins
Odds: 1.85 at betway (down to 1.78 can be played)