Serie A Match Preview: Torino vs. Atalanta

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Updated: January 22, 2014
Torino

Match Date: 26 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

 

Torino

While their position in the curtain raiser (4th) is still higher from what they reached this week (7th), Torino are still fighting strongly in the tournament. Thanks to the strings of wins and draws they achieved in the half-season or so, Il Toro acquired 29 points from all their matches and a goal difference of six—much more considerable than what the majority of their oppositions obtained. Their new record stands at W7-D8-L5.

 

In their most recent tourney, Giampiero Ventura’s men scored a clean sheet from struggling Sassuolo (their fourth clean sheet so far this term). Ciro Immobile and Matteo Brighi were on the mark as the duo inflicted a 2-0 defeat on their relegation-threatened opponents. Immobile scored the lead for Torino in the 25th minute and Brighi doubled it just four minutes after half-time.

 

Atalanta

Atalanta’s inconsistency is causing them troubles. They may be ranked in the mid-table but their goal difference has already plummeted to a negative digit—enough of an indicator that they are on the rocks with their defense. Earning 24 points from all their fixtures, La Dea should keep up an aggressive approach to scoring in order for them to avoid edging toward the league’s lower reaches.

 

Only six points were amassed from Atalanta’s last five Serie A efforts, which all came from their wins over Catania and Cagliari. Three clubs—Juventus, Milan, and Napoli—deprived them of earning more points. Sticking to a cross-dominated approach will not hurt, but Atalanta should also mind their defense and must avoid the offside more often.

 

Sports betting tip: Torino are five points clear of Atalanta and they also flaunt a much higher figure on goals scored. With an apparently healthier form, the home side will lord this tourney over.

 

Torino | Image source: Zimbio.com