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Torino will hope to continue their top-four push when they host mid-table Cagliari at the Olympic Grande Stadium on Sunday.
Torino are still in the race for Champions League football next season, and they trail fourth-placed Milan by just three points. Currently, Torino are in 8th spot, which tells how tight the race is for European places. They have remained undefeated in five out of their last six Serie A games, which includes last week’s goalless draw against Parma.
They struggled to break an organized defense in that game, despite having the majority of the possession. That meant that Torino lost a golden chance to make up some ground in a tight race. Torino’s home form is encouraging, as they have won six out of their last seven matches on their turf.
Torino are in contention for European football after many years, and Walter Mazzarri has impressed in his tenure. Simone Zaza will lead the attack for his side, as they will hope to continue their excellent home form.
Cagliari are in 12th place, and they are eight points clear of danger. That is a healthy cushion, and Rolando Maran will be sure on avoiding relegation. They have won three of their last four games, which included last week’s 2-1 win over SPAL. The only loss in that time has been to leaders Juventus.
The recent form has wiped out the fears of relegation considerably, and now it seems like a formality. But their form on the road has been a significant concern all season. Cagliari have played 15 away games this season, and have claimed only 9 points from them. Their defense has been poor on the road, and Torino will be hoping to take advantage.
Torino’s excellent home form makes them favorites for this tie, and Cagliari’s poor performances on the road further enhance that. If they win, Torino can go level on points with fourth-placed Milan.
The last time these two sides met, it was a pretty even game. A goalless draw was the result, as neither side dominated the game.
Torino have one of the best defensive records in the league, and they will be hopeful of scoring some unanswered goals on Sunday. Andrea Belotti will be suspended for the game, but the likes of Zaza are there to deputize. Mazzarri should oversee a comfortable home win on the day.
Torino vs Cagliari Prediction
The result should be different this time around, and Torino should get the three points. Cagliari are winless in their last eight ties against Torino, and that looks set to continue. They have let in more than two goals per game away from home, and the total goals in this match should be over 2.5.
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