Friday night Serie A action as 12th placed Torino take on 19th placed Frosinone at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. The visitors head into this game with just 1 point from their opening 7 games whilst Torino sit in mid-table with 9 points from their opening 7.
Torino have made a modest start to their Serie A campaign, whilst they would like to be higher in the table they are only 4 points away from 3rd placed Fiorentina, so when the league is this packed it’s important they keep with the pace. They head into this fixture off the back of a 1-0 victory over bottom of the table Chievo and face another side here in Frosinone who have just not got going this season. Torino have only lost 2 games this season, 1-0 to Roma and 3-1 to Napoli both at home but apart from those they are unbeaten. They have only played 1 other home game so far this season, a 1-0 win over newly promoted SPAL.
Frosinone are in dire straits and are desperate for some points. They sit in 19th place with just 1 point from their opening 7 Serie A games and are already 5 points away from safety at this early stage of the season. Their only point came at home against a Bologna side expected to be near the bottom. It’s not just the fact they have lost the other matches, it’s the manner of the defeats that is most worrying, they have lost by 2 or more goals in 4 of the 6 defeats with a 4+ goal defeat occurring 3 times.
Torino have not been their usual scoring self so far this season having found the net on just 6 occasions. They have scored in 5 of their 7 games but they should have no trouble scoring against a side who have conceded 18 goals already this season. Torino’s defence hasn’t been too bad, barring the 2 defeats to Roma and Napoli they have kept 3 clean sheets in the other 5 games, showing they are stronger in defence than they were last season.
Frosinone have been terrible on all fronts so far this season and they are in danger of going down the Benevento route of being relegated before they even got going. Frosinone have scored just once this season, which did come in their last game at home vs Genoa. Their defensive record is horrendous however, keeping 0 clean sheets, conceding 18 goals in 7 games (2.57 goals per game).
The bookmakers have priced Torino as a short priced favourite and it’s really not hard to see why. Frosinone have shown nothing to suggest they are capable of winning and Torino have been very steady in their performances so far this season. For that reason and the aforementioned fact that 4 of Frosinone’s 6 defeats have been by 2 or more goals we shall be backing Torino -1 on the Alternative Handicap market. The correct score is a tricky one but Torino haven’t been firing with too much regularity this season, so a 2-0 Torino win on the Correct Score market seems a good place to go here.