Serie A Match Preview: Torino vs. Bologna

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Updated: February 7, 2014
Torino

Match Date: 09 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

 

Torino

Torino shipped a fourth consecutive week of an unbeaten Serie A finish when they forced a draw with Milan. Ciro Immobile gave his team the lead early in the first half, only to be canceled out by Milan’s Adil Rami in the second period. Despite shouldering immense pressure from their hosts, Il Toro never succumbed to Milan’s beatings. They maintained a very strong defense until time.

 

With a point to add in their overall score, Giampiero Ventura’s squad now vaunt total score of 33 points. They are positioned in the table’s top seven, with an impressive record of eight wins, nine draws, and five defeats.

 

Bologna

Bologna’s defeat was an otherwise cause of celebration for Udinese, who ended a run of four straight top-tier losses with their mauling of Bologna in a 0-2 finish at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

 

Di Natale opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 15th minute after Andrea Lazzari had been fouled in the area by Michele Pazienza. The visitors had several chances to double their lead within the first half, but excellent maneuvers from Bologna goalkeeper Gianluca Curci denied all of them. The hosts started to pose threat in the second half, with international Diamanti twice going close at delivering a goal. However, his efforts were punched away by Scuffet. Udinese were unstable until they finally secured a much-needed victory when Maicosuel found Lopez and beat Curci with a left-footed strike in extra time. This was Rossoblu’s first defeat in four matches (the preceding three were all draws).

 

Football betting tip: Torino and Bologna drawn twice in their past five face-offs. Of the remaining matches, Torino secured victory on two while Bologna seized the silverware only on one. In this impending meeting, expect Torino increase their number of victories over Bologna.

 

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