Torino can rise as high as 5th on the table when they host Sassuolo in Serie A at Olimpico di Torino, on Sunday (IST).
TOR vs SAS Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Progress can be judged through many lenses, varying from person to person who all have their own perception of looking at things. One of the criteria is something called the past.
In that sense, Torino are on right track, and progressing well if we take their current position into consideration. They are already 3 points better than the last season, and could yet make it a dream campaign.
As a win against Sassuolo will take them to fifth on the table, provided AC Milan fail to beat Fiorentina on Saturday.
Sassuolo have had a decent season as well. In fact, they had an interest in top-seven for a brief period, only to lose it in the last couple of months due to a drop in the form.
The Neroverdi are on a six-game unbeaten run which is their best such streak since winter break. A little breakdown of their form is seen from the fact that they have collected only 17 points from their last 16 league games, a big reason for their incapacity to finish in top-seven this season.
The Serie A match will be played between Torino and Sassuolo at Olimpico di Torino Stadium, in Turin, Italy. The ground has a capacity of 28,177.
The game will start at 04:00 PM (IST), on Sunday, May 12.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast Serie A matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Torino – W D D W W D
Sassuolo – W D D D W D
Injured – Koffi Djibi is out injured for the hosts.
Suspended – The derbies are hotly contested fixtures and the last Turin derby was no exception. It was a cagey affair with a lot of players picking up the yellow cards. Tomás Rincón was one of them and it was his 15th booking of the season. The Venezuelan defensive midfielder will be serving a ban here.
Doubtful – None.
Note: Sasa Lukic should come in for the suspended Tomás Rincón.
Probable XI: Sirigu (GK), Moretti, Nkoulou, Izzo, Silvestri, Meite, Lukic, Ansaldi, Berenguer, Baselli, Belotti
Injured – Giangiacomo Magnani is the only player on the injury list for Sassuolo ahead of this game.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: No reason for De Zerbi to flirt with his playing 11 after stringing together a six-game unbeaten run. Still, there are always room for alterations, especially for the away games. Zerbi may fluctuate away from his normal 4-3-3 line-up to counter Torino's three-man backline.
Probable XI: Consigli (GK), Ferrari, Demiral, Peluso, Rogerio, Locatelli, Magnanelli, Sensi, Lirola, Babacar, Berardi
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last three games
Andrea Belotti – 2.5, 12, 2.5
Cristian Ansaldi – 3, 4, 3.5
Alex Berenguer – 3.5, 12.5, 3.5
Sasa Lukic – 12, 4, 3.5
Armando Izzo – 3, 14, 8
Nicolas N'Koulou – 3, 7.5, 8
Stats and facts:
Torino are on a seven-game unbeaten run heading into this match.
Sassuolo have avoided a defeat in the last six games.
Torino have failed to score in just one of their last 11 league games.
Torino have kept nine clean sheets in the last 15 league games.
Sassuolo have scored in eight of their last 9 league games.
Breakdown on both team's stats
Torino | Sassuolo
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Out of Torino's 45 goals in the league, 13 have been scored by Andrea Belotti (five via penalties). So he is a threat for Sassuolo all day.
Next highest for Torino is Iago Falque with four goals. So you can see that Torino depend a hell lot on Belotti for goals.
It's not about goals though. A player can have a far more impact on the game even if not scoring a goal. Armando Izzo is one such player who does a brilliant job at the back. He is 6th in the list of winning balls and has scored four league goals as well.
Select him in your Dream11 fantasy football team.
Other options for captain and vice-captain: Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas N'Koulou
For Sassuolo, Domenico Berardi and Khouma Babacar have notched a team-high 7 goals apiece this season.
Defenders: N'Koulou, Izzo (C), R d Silva
Midfielders: Ansaldi, Berenguer, Lukic, Locatelli, Sensi
Forwards: A Belotti (VC), K Babacar
TOR vs SAS Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
TOR vs SAS Dream11 potential winner:
Torino will start the game as favorites.