With the international break now over, domestic football begins again across Europe this weekend. And in Italy’s Serie A, Torino play host to Cagliari this Sunday afternoon.
Both of these sides have been struggling as the current campaign has begun, with Cagliari in 17th and Torino in 18th. Il Toro actually have no points thus far, but it’s worth noting that they’ve only played two matches this season.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino this weekend.
Torino vs Cagliari Head-to-Head
Torino have played just two games in 2020-21, losing them both. They were defeated by Fiorentina on the opening day, and then lost to Atalanta 4-2 in their most recent game. That came on September 26, so it’s been almost a whole month since they last saw action.
Cagliari, meanwhile, picked up a point on the opening day against Sassuolo, but were then beaten by both Lazio and Atalanta – the latter hammering them 5-2.
Recent results between these two sides favour the visitors. Cagliari picked up a point at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino last season, and then defeated Il Toro 4-2 in Sardinia after the season recommenced following the COVID-19 shutdown.
Torino form guide: L-L
Cagliari form guide: D-L-L
Torino vs. Cagliari Team News
Torino will be without midfielder Daniele Baselli, who is still on the sidelines with an ACL tear. He’s not expected to return until December at the earliest. Right-back Wilfried Singo is recovering from a shoulder injury and is also a doubt for this game.
Injured: Daniele Baselli
Doubtful: Wilfried Singo
Cagliari should be able to welcome Gaston Pereiro back into the squad following his broken foot, but he may only be fit enough to be on the bench. Defender Simone Pinna is out with a knee injury, while a trio of players – Filip Bradaric, Luca Ceppitelli and Alberto Cerri – have all been ruled out following positive COVID-19 tests.
Injured: Simone Pinna
Doubtful: Gaston Pereiro
Unavailable: Filip Bradaric, Luca Ceppitelli, Alberto Cerri
Torino vs Cagliari Predicted XI
Cagliari predicted XI (4-3-3): Alessio Cragno, Gabriele Zappa, Sebastian Walukiewicz, Diego Godin, Charalampos Lykogiannis, Nahitan Nandez, Razvan Marin, Marko Rog, Riccardo Sottil, Giovanni Simeone, Joao Pedro
Torino vs Cagliari Prediction
Torino might be a little rusty following their long layoff, but their two losses this season have been nothing to really be ashamed of, and in Andrea Belotti they have one of the most dangerous forwards in Serie A.
Cagliari have a solid defence on paper with Diego Godin marshalling the back line, but it might be hard for his side to keep Torino out this weekend, and so the home team picking up their first win seems likely.
Prediction: Torino 2-1 CagliariPublished 16 Oct 2020, 15:34 IST