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Torino vs Juventus: Predictions
Italy’s oldest local derby resumes this weekend as reigning Serie A champions Juventus make the short journey to the Olimpico di Torino to partake in the 245th Derby della Mole, and this contest takes on a added layer of intrigue, as both clubs simply have to win for their respective objectives this season.
The Old Lady, under the ever-stylish Italian dandy Andrea Pirlo have largely flattered to deceive by their immaculate standards in his maiden term, with the teething issues culminating in a fourth defeat of the season to Benevento last time out, which has widen the gap to 10 points between Juve and Inter Milan in first.
Torino, likewise, have been sleepwalking to an underwhelming season, only their stutter could prove fatal, as they are currently lurking perilously just outside the drop zone, gazing over the parapet at Cagliari, who are hot on their heels with just the single point separating the two clubs.
So, Il Toro will have to do something they have failed to do since April 2015: beat Juventus. One win in their last 29 Serie A matches again their Turin rivals makes this one of football’s more one-sided derbies, but Davide Nicola must simply ignore the historical trends, and put points on the board to avoid the drop.
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Torino vs Juventus: Match Stats
Juve would probably label this a ‘transitionary season’ as club legend Pirlo adapts to the dugout and understands the requirements of the job, from the tactical flexibility needed to consistently keep more experienced coaches guessing, to the gruelling demands of competing both domestically and in Europe.
As such, the issues have been apparent in this side, with Juve having spent 401 minutes trailing in Serie A this season, more than they had in the entirety of 2019/20 (343 minutes). With players like Andrea Belotti lying in wait this weekend, Juve could struggle to keep a clean sheet, but at the opposite end of the turf, they should trump their struggling neighbours.
Turin has been Juve’s playground for some time now, with the club currently unbeaten in their last 13 games against Torino, including December’s 2-1 victory, in which Nicolas Nkoulou looked to have secured the points for the visitors, but two goals in the last 15 minutes from Weston McKennie and Leonardo Bonucci turned the game on its head and Pirlo walked away with a late win.