FC Torino vs. Bologna / Serie A – Two teams positioned around mid-table will play the first match Saturday’s match of the 20th round of Italian Serie A, where 10th-placed Torino has at the moment one point more than 12th-positioned Bologna. Both teams doesn’t play particularly well recently and it will be very interesting to see which one will have an upper hand at Olimpico stadium on Saturday. Let’s add that their match played in Bologna last autumn had ended without winner 1-1. Begins: 06.01.2018 – 12:30 CET
On the other hand Torino can boast with fact that it won last two home matches with Bologna and consequently their fans believe in positive outcome of this match. However, we have said that Torino’s current shape is not something to brag about. After two consecutive draws in the league with SPAL and Genoa and last week’s elimination from the Coppa Italia by city rival Juventus, which defeated them at home by 2-0, the club management has decided to sack coach Mihajlovic.
We believe that move has surprised many especially as Torino still occupies a fairly good position in the table and has just five points fewer than teams that occupy positions that lead to Europe but the management obviously wasn’t satisfied with the Serbian coach. It reacted quickly and has brought experienced Walter Mazzarri, who will have plenty of problems to assemble the team in his debut match as out of action due to injuries are defenders Ansaldi, Lyanco and Barreca, and forwards Ljajic and Belotti.
Probable lineups FC Torino: Sirigu – de Silvestri, N'Koulou, Burdisso, Molinaro – Obi, Rincon, Baselli – Falque, Niang, Berenguer
Match with Torino comes for the guests from Bologna after home defeat by Udinesse, which followed victory of coach Doandoni players over tough Chievo 3-2 in Verona. However, that was their only victory in last five rounds of Serie A, but they still managed to keep nine-point advantage over teams which are positioned in the relegation zone.
It means that there is no place for panicking despite that Bologna lost three out of four last matches, especially as they are still very efficient and rarely finish matches without scoring a goal. On the other hand, there are more and more problems with defence and Donadoni often rotates defensive players. For this match with Torino he cannot count on standard defender Masina, who has accumulated five yellow cards.
Probable lineups Bologna: Mirante – Torosidis, Gonzalez, Helander, Mbaye – Poli, Pulgar, Donsah – Verdi, Destro, Palacio
FC Torino – Bologna PICK
Given that both teams are in fairly weak shape it can be expected that will play more risky their head-to-head with an objective to win all three points, especially as they both still have solid advantage over teams in the drop zone.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.83 at comeon (down to 1.75 can be played)