Juventus are not enjoying a good start to the season. The Bianconeri have already dropped a number of points in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, meaning that the title holders face a must-win situation in Saturday’s local derby against Torino.
Max Allegri’s men were beaten by Sassuolo at Stadio Citta del Tricolore in midweek and it has to be noted that the team’s performance against Neroverdi was anything but good.
Juve are 11 points behind league leaders Roma at the moment, but the match against Torino could be the turning point for the reigning champions.
Mario Mandzukic has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, but the Croatian attacker should lead the line for the hosts against Il Toro.
The hosts will surely take the Turin derby very seriously and I believe that the time has come for the Bianconeri to prove their worth in the national championship.
Despite having three victories from their first four fixtures, Torino haven’t tasted victory since their win against Palermo at the end of last month.
Things went slightly pear-shaped from there though as they suffered a shock defeat to minnows Carpi the following weekend.
In the past two weeks, games involving Torino have shared nine goals. A rather disappointing performance at Lazio led them to a 3-0 thumping before they featured in a 3-3 thriller with Genoa midweek.
With just a minute to go they took a 3-2 lead with thanks to a Panagiotis Tachtsidis own goal before Diego Laxalt went up the other end in the next attack and tied the game with one of the last kicks of the ball.
Currently, Torino has 15 points and are on 9th place at the Serie A table.
- Torino have lost two of five last matches in Serie A and won 1.
- Juventus lost 2 of five last matches in Serie A and won 2.
- Juventus are undefeated in 37 of their last 38 home matches in Serie A.
- Juventus have won their last 4 home matches against Torino in all competitions.
- Torino won Juventus in their last match in April.
- Torino have lost last 3 away games.
- Torino have conceded 3 goals in each of their last games.
Head to head
In last five matches they played against each other, Juventus won four, while Torino won only one match. Overall, in last five matches Juventus scored 7 goals and Torino scored 3 goals.
Last time they played on 26th April 2015 when Torino won 2-1 over Juventus at home.
The hosts will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner, Roberto Pereyra and Kwadwo Asamoah through injury while Martin Caceres is expected to return from his injury.
They will also be without star defender Giorgio Chiellini who was given his marching orders against Sassuolo.
Torino have six injuries in their squad coming into the tie, half of which defenders, the other half central midfielders.
Long term absentees Alexander Farnerud, Nikola Maksimovic and Danilo Avelar are all still out for a few weeks yet while recent injuries to the likes of Pontus Jansson – who may just make the bench, Joel Obi and Alessandro Gazzi will have their squad stretched to it’s limits.
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres, Sandro; Cuadrado, Sturaro, Lemina, Pogba; Dybala, Mandzukic
Torino: Padelli; Bovo, Glik, Moretti; Zappacosta, Acquah, Vives, Benassi, Molinaro; Lopez, Belotti