Round 10... wow, already?! You better believe it folks, and now Fiorentina seem, I use that term with hesitancy, to have hit a bit of form we can all rightly look forward to this one. A thoroughly mid-table clash, last years iterations saw Torino take 4 points out of a possible six, with Fiorentina taking just the single point at the Artemio Franchi. If Torino weren't on a par with Fiorentina then, they certainly are now, if only we could play Benevento every week...
The match kicks off tomorrow, 25 October 2017, at 19:45 (GMT) or 14:45 (EST) at the Artemio Franchi.
Fresh off what was a fairly comprehensive and convincing win even by Fiorentina's standards against Benevento, the squad is beginning to show signs of a tangible identity. Yes, it’s Benevento, but hey, six points from the last two fixtures at least means we're headed in the right direction. Riccardo Saponara is still unavailable through injury, so no surprise there, but we might see Gil Dias feature in some capacity. Elsewhere, German Pezzella and Davide Astori now look as established as they will ever look, and Khouma Babacar may well have earned a start in Pioli's eyes, because he sure has in mine. Lo Faso's debut against The Witches also gives Pioli an invaluable rotation option given the short time between this game and the previous fixture, and who knows, maybe Valentin Eysseric might get a look in... don't hold your breath.
Tactically, there won't be much change from Pioli, not in a fixture of this nature. A Belotti-less Torino is a good thing, but given Iago Falque and our old friend Adem Ljajic have chipped in with three goals each, Pioli would be a smart man to keep things as tight and short as possible at the back. Marco Benassi may well be keen to stick one over against his former-teammates, however he might not fancy going full Cyril Thereau. Unfortunately, Joe Hart won't be in goal, so patiently probing at a shaky backline may be the best policy. But things are going well in Florence, and if Pioli can rack up the third win in a row, it will be smiles all round.
Torino head into this is one in pretty crummy form. Torino have no wins in 4, 2 draws against Hellas and Crotone sandwiched by defeats by AS Roma and Juventus pose the real possibility that this may be the game Minhajlovic rips his shirt off to reveal a muscular, green chest. Despite this they sit level with Fiorentina on 13 points, with La Viola's past 2 results maybe giving a false sense of league positioning through completely clouding our memory of the dodgy start.
Torino's last outing saw them lose 1-0 in Rome, doing so whilst lined up in a 4-2-3-1. Belotti's injury means on loan Nigerian Umar Sadiq leads the line for il Toro, flanked by both Niang and Falque. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, those are wings are pretty frightening on their day, and it wouldn't be wrong to expect Mihajlovic to compliment this flanking opportunity with the creativity of Ljajic and Baselli. Belotti, Ansaldi, Lyanco and Obi are all out of action.
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