Torino ended their three-match unbeaten run as they were defeated by Roma at the weekend, with il Granata now hoping to return to winning ways. That will be no easy task, however, as high-flying Fiorentina search for their sixth victory on the bounce.
Everybody knows that a key to surviving the first season upon promotion is heavy summer recruitment, with Torino positioning themselves really well with some shrewd transfer dealings. Il Granata not only signed quality players during off season, but also those with plenty of Serie A experience, with Gillet, Brighi, Gazzi, Santana and Cerci all having a major part to play. As a result, Torino have succeeded to stay above the bottom three, with the team now three points above the relegation zone. While doing really well to escape defeat in six of seven away games, Torino have been pretty disappointing at their Stadio Olimpico, having already lost three games there. With that in mind, the hosts could find it hard to match one of the best sides in Serie A.
Fiorentina have been absolutely amazing this season, which is really not that surprising when we know that the squad had been significantly reinforced over the summer. The likes of Pizarro, Valero, Roncaglia, Rodriguez and Aquilani, to name just a few, were always going to improve the quality of the side, but it was new boss Vincenzo Montella who got the team playing to their potential in no time. Despite playing really well in the opening exchanges, Viola struggled to climb to Serie A top 3, but everything soon fell into place as five straight victories saw the team climb to the final Champions League berth. With the players now full of confidence and searching for their third straight away win, I could definitely see Fiorentina winning this one.