Torino and Udinese will look to get as far away from the drop zone as possible when they face-off at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Serie A on Saturday night.
Torino Match Form
Il Toro have failed to build on their 7th-placed finish last season. Poor performances have led to Walter Mazzarri getting sacked and Moreno Longo taking his place back in February. The manager-switch has failed to provide the intended effect so far with Torino currently in 14th place.
They have picked up 27 points from 25 games and are just 2 points clear of Lecce in the final relegation spot, although the latter have played a game more. While a top-half finish is not unrealistic with Bologna just 7 points away, staving off relegation would be the main target at this moment.
After losing 2-1 to Napoli in the previous league game with Simone Edera getting the consolation goal, Longo will expect a much better performance this time around.
Udinese Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Udinese are having another season similar to the last one when they finished 12th.They are currently in 14th place, with 28 points from 26 games. I Bianconeri lead their opponents by a point, however, having played a game more.
They are just 3 points clear of the drop and manager Luca Gotti will look for improved performances in the upcoming months to ensure survival. His side have been struggling for momentum throughout the season and have failed to establish a rhythm so far.
Gotti will look to improve upon the goalless draw with Fiorentina in the previous game and try for all 3 points in this one.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, Torino are only expected to be without Vincezo Millico with the rest of the squad fit and available. Meanwhile, Udinese are also going to miss just one player in Sebastian Prodl and Gotti can pick his strongest XI from the rest.
Looking at head-to-head, both teams are evenly matched, with 24 wins apiece in 70 meetings. Torino have lost just once in the last 8 meetings albeit that loss coming in the reverse fixture this season.
Last Meetings & Torino vs Udinese Soccer Betting Tips
In the last 5 home clashes, Il Toro have won 3 and drew one, a decent record. Looking at the recent form of both teams, Torino have lost each of their last 7 games across all competitions, including a thumping 7-0 loss at Atalanta in January.
On the other hand, Udinese have drawn each of their last 4 games and lost all 4 games prior to that. Thus, the visitors are not in the best of forms but are in relatively better form than their opponents.
Looking at all the factors, both teams can be expected to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes.
Torino Predicted XI: Sirigu; Izzo, N’Koulou, Bremer; De Silvestri, Lukic, Rincon, Baselli, Ansaldi; Zaza, Belotti
Udinese Predicted XI: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Larsen, De Paul, Jajalo, Mandragora, Sema; Okaka, Lasagna