Strong Defense vs Exciting Attack
Last season, Torino had one of the best defenses, allowing the fifth-fewest goals in Serie A, while Lazio had one of the best attacks, scoring the second-most goals. Both teams were seemingly evenly matched.
Both teams won 2-1 in their first week of Serie A. This has a chance to be a great matchup between teams possibly competing for European play later in the season.
Torino’s Quest For Another Jump
After two years in a relegation battle, Torino returned to their usual spot as a mid-table team. They finished in 10th place with 50 points, 12 points behind European competition, but 20 points clear of any relegation.
That jump in the table allowed Torino to have an active summer transfer window to improve their attack, adding three players on loans. They finished with four players on loan, Nikola Vlasic, Aleksey Miranchuk, Nemanja Radonjic, and right-back Valentino Lazaro. Each player needs the playing time they have not received with their original, bigger clubs. While on loan, they can be given more prominent roles to advance their career or move permanently to Torino.
This summer’s most significant loss in the transfer market was the selling of center-back Gleison Bremer to Italian giant Juventus. He was arguably Torino’s best player last year and was a crucial part of their defense that allowed 41 goals, the fifth-fewest in Serie A.
All four loanees played in Torino’s 2-1 victory in the first game of the Serie A season. Miranchuk and Radonjic started. Miranchuk made his presence known early, scoring Torino’s first goal. Torino’s defense stayed strong, allowing the only goal in the last minutes of extra time.
Another Season of Lazio’s Strong Attack
Lazio has been one of the most consistent teams in Serie A over the last 10 years. They always seem to be in the mix for European soccer, often placing in the top five.
Much of that consistency has to do with how well striker Ciro Immobile has been. In his six full seasons with Lazio, he has scored less than 20 goals once. Last season he finished with 27, winning the Golden Boot for Serie A. Sergei Milinkovic-Savic was also a crucial aspect of Lazio’s offense last season, scoring 11 goals and assisting on 11 from the midfield. The two led Lazio to the second-best attack in Serie A, averaging two goals per game.
Lazio had minimal impact in the summer transfer market, not losing any key players and not making a big signing. The most significant addition was buying a new starting goalkeeper in Luis Maximiano.
Lazio’s first game of the Serie A season was intense, but they won 2-1. In his debut, Maximiano was sent off for a handball outside the goalkeeper’s box, and then shortly after, Lazio made a poor challenge to give Bologna an early penalty. However, both teams were down to 10 men headed into halftime after a Bologna defender picked up two yellows. An own goal and magic between Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile secured the victory.
Torino vs Lazio Head-to-Head
Last season’s matchups between the sides ended in 1-1 draws, both due to an Immobile equalizer in extra time. The defense nearly won twice in the battle between an elite defense and a high-powered offense but Immobile heroics saved Lazio.
Lazio has had the upper hand between the two teams, winning nine games in the last 22 matches, while Torino has won just five.
Torino vs Lazio Game Information
- Game: Torino (1-0-0) vs Lazio (1-0-0)
- Location: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Torino
- Day/Time: Saturday, August 20, 10:30 a.m. ET
- Torino vs Lazio Live stream: fubo.tv
Torino vs Lazio Betting Lines
Torino vs Lazio Prediction
Based on all the chaos that happened in Lazio’s first game it makes it difficult to put much value on the win. But we know their first-team goalie will be suspended, and the connection between Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile is still one of the best in Serie A.
Torino has made improvements in attack with all their loans that have already come in handy, but the defense has stayed strong despite losing its best player.
This game seems like it is headed for a clear even draw, but if anyone was going to win, Lazio is the rightful favorite.