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Torino vs Parma Preview
When: Monday, May 3 – 20:45 CEST
Where: Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Turin, Italy
Weather: Clear, 18°C
Referee: Gianluca Aureliano
If Parma lose this game, they will lose even the theoretical possibility of staying in the league. Still, even with a win tonight, their chances of survival are slim to none.
In fact, the only way for this team to avoid relegation is to win all of the remaining games, and hope for their rivals to lose all of theirs. It’s fair to say this scenario is highly unlikely. Parma’s players should be well aware of that and that’s why they probably don’t feel too motivated ahead of the clash with Torino.
Torino are in a similar relegation battle, but their chances to keep their spot in the Italian top-flight are much greater. Torino have the same number of points as Benevento, a team that’s at the edge of the relegation zone. However, Torino still have two games in hand, meaning that they have a decent chance to get away from the danger zone.
They surely don’t want to ruin that chance, which is why they’ll be going for a victory tonight. The question is whether their players are good enough to achieve it?
Torino to Utilize Its Powerful Offense
Torino have a better goals-per-game record than all the other teams from the bottom half. With 46 goals in 32 games, there are only eight teams with a better percentage than them. Furthermore, their best attacker Andrea Belotti is currently the 13th-best Serie A goalscorer with 12 goals to his name.
Knowing how good Torino are in the attack, you would assume that they’re disastrous in the defense. However, with 56 goals conceded, they’re not too bad – seven other Serie A teams have allowed the same number or more.
With such numbers, you might wonder why are Torino still in danger of getting relegated? The thing is that this team has dropped too many points this season. Even though they didn’t experience huge defeats, they did lose 13 games so far. Add 13 draws and only 6 wins, and you’ll see why they’re so low in the standings.
Lethargic Parma Seem to Have Given Up on Serie A
Until fairly recently, Parma’s chance of staying in the league looked pretty good. However, they have hit a slump and are now amidst a disastrous losing streak.
After beating AS Roma in mid-March, they entered a run with five defeats in six Serie A rounds. During that stretch, their only point came from a draw with Benevento, another relegation team.
Parma’s main issue and a big factor why they’re in a position they’re now is the attack that has failed them this season. They have managed only 36 goals in 34 games and are the worst offensive team in the league.
The situation was much, much worse just a couple of weeks ago, but it has slightly improved after Parma started scoring goals. In fact, Parma have scored at least a goal in each of their previous 12 games. Furthermore, in the last three matches, Parma scored a total of seven goals.
Torino vs Parma Betting Picks
Even though Parma looked improved of late, their improvement came way too late to salvage anything from this season. Torino, on the other side, still have a lot to play for.
The hosts need to win this game to get away from the relegation zone which should serve as a motivation booster that should tip the scale in their favor.
Prediction: Torino -1.00 Asian Handicap