Torino hosts Lazio in round 5 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Thursday, September 23rd at Stadio Olimpico di Torino (Turin)
Torino is on the 10th line in the Serie A standings (six points after four rounds). The Bulls started the current season quite modestly. They hardly eliminated Serie B representative Cremonese (0-0, and 4-1 on penalties) in the opening round of the Italian Cup and lost to Atalanta (1-2) and Fiorentina (2-1) in the first matches of Serie A. The turning point came in the home game against Salernitana (4-0), where the Maroons achieved their first victory in the championship. On September 17, Juric's men developed their success in the away confrontation against Sassuolo (0-1). The only goal was scored by Marko Pjaca shortly before the final whistle.
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Lazio is in 8th place in the Italian championship standings (seven points after four rounds). The Eagles made an excellent debut in the championship, having achieved goal-scoring victories in the matches against Empoli (1-3) and Spezia (6-1). After a pause in Serie A, the Romans began to lose points. Lazio lost away to Milan (2-0) and then suffered a defeat from Galatasaray in the UEL group stage match in Turkey (1-0) due to a mistake by goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. Lazio’s winless streak continued on Sunday when the club lost points in the home game against Cagliari (2-2). The Eagles left for the break with a minimal advantage after Ciro Immobile scored a goal, but the Sardinians answered with two goals scored in the second half. Danilo Cataldi saved Lazio from the defeat, scoring for the first time in 1.5 years.
Lazio has not lost to the Turin club in the Italian championship since May 2019. In the last four head-to-head matches, the Eagles have achieved three victories and one draw. Beyond that, the White and Sky Blues have regularly gained points on the pitch of Torino recently. This happened in six of the last seven games in Serie A. Since the start of the current Italian championship, the Bulls have been scoring in every round. The upcoming game in Turin will not be an exception. Lazio's defense conceded in the last five matches, so even taking into account the injuries in the attacking line, Torino will not be left without goals. On the other hand, Lazio is unlikely to sit back on heels, so Juric's players will not be able to keep a clean sheet either. The production in recent head-to-head matches was high. In four out of five previous confrontations in Serie A, the Bulls and the Eagles have scored at least three goals.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored