On the back of four points from their last two matches Palermo go into Sunday’s (3pm BST) match at home to Torino looking for a positive result to pull further away from the relegation places.
Palermo began the season with back-to-back 3-0 defeats that resulted in Giuseppe Sannino being relieved of his duties just three months into his reign. Gian Piero Gasperini took over and has since overseen one victory, one draw and two defeats, the two positive results coming in the club’s most recent fixtures.
Gasperini has quickly implemented the 3-4-2-1 formation that brought him success at Genoa. Although, in theory, an offensive formation, the move to three central defenders has coincided with a much-improved defensive record. Palermo have conceded an average of one goal per match under Gasperini, much better than the three a match they shipped under Sannino.
Torino’s early season success has also come as a result of a strong defence, which should come as little surprise as it was the base upon which last season’s promotion campaign was built. In Serie B they conceded just 28 goals in 42 matches (0.67 per match) and have maintained a similarly miserly record in Serie A, conceding five in their seven matches to date (0.71 per match).
The Turin club are currently tenth in the table, with two wins, three draws and two defeats to their name.
Betting Tip: The result of this match is difficult to call, but we can say with a degree of certainty that it will be a tight affair. There have been two or less goals in three of Gasperini’s four matches in charge of Palermo to date and in five of Torino’s seven.