Two sides who have both made steady starts to the Serie A season meet on Sunday (2pm BST) when 12th place Torino host 11th place Parmaat the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.
Torino drew 0-0 away at Palermo last weekend, their fourth draw of the campaign, again relying on the strong defence that was key to their promotion from Serie B last season. They held firm despite the absence of the injured Italian international Angelo Ogbonna – again a doubt for the Parma match – and have conceded just five goals in their eight matches to date.
Experienced coach Giampiero Ventura will be relatively happy with two wins, four draws and two defeats thus far, but will be keen for his side to improve on their home form, which has yielded four points in comparison to the six they have obtained away from Turin.
Parma coach Robert Donadoni will also be hoping for improvement from his own charges, whose main struggle has been finding the back of the net. Parma have the sixth worst goalscoring record in the league, scoring an average of one goal per match.
The summer departure of Sebastian Giovinco has significantly lessened Parma’s offensive threat. Giovinco was directly involved – scoring or assisting – in 48% of Parma’s 54 league goals last season and a number of players who may have been expected to fill that void – Dorlan Pabon, Sotiris Ninis, Raffaele Palladino – are yet to do so.
Betting Tip: With Torino strong in defence and Parma struggling to score, it can be of little surprise that 78% of the matches involving these two clubs so far this season have ended with two or less goals.
- We expect a repeat on Sunday, so back under 2.5 goals @ 11/17 with Pinnacle.