Torino vs Roma
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Turin).
Roma were quite impressive last season on both fronts and the Giallorossi will be hoping to emulate that this time around. However, Eusebio Di Francesco’s side will have to do that whilst trying to rebuild after selling two of their star players earlier this summer.
Alisson departed for Liverpool in a deal that temporarily made the Brazilian shot-stopper the most expensive goalkeeper in history, whilst Radja Nainggolan, a standout performer in the middle of the park has now left for Inter.
Then, Roma lost out on signing promising Brazilian winger Malcolm after he opted to snub them for Barcelona, although Roma fans were gleeful after seeing the team crush the Blaugrana 4-2 in a friendly staged in the USA.
Still, they shouldn’t celebrate that result too much as it was a team without Lionel Messi and other key players in their ranks, and overall was largely a Barca “B” squad.
Roma have signed Javier Pastore from PSG and promising youngster Justin Kluivert – son of Patrick – from Ajax in a bid to improve their top four chances, as well as Bryan Cristante from Atalanta, and now will take on Torino in their Serie A opener.
Torino are a side desperate to improve after failing to secure a Europa League spot, and having managed to hang on to Andrea Belotti for yet another season, they will be looking to actually finish inside the top seven.
The Granata will be looking to start the season off well but will be coming up against a side who lost just one away game. Can they avoid an opening day loss in front of their home support?
It certainly won’t be easy given their historical record, which has seen Torino win just one game against Roma at this ground since 1990.
Torino vs Roma: Head-to-head (h2h)
Roma are unbeaten in their last 11 away games in Serie A
Roma have only lost one of their last 16 matches against Torino in Serie A (W11 D4)
Roma are unbeaten in their last six league-opening fixtures, with four victories and two draws
Torino and AS Roma have met three times on the opening weekend of a Serie A season
Torino have conceded exactly one goal in their last five home Serie A games against AS Roma (W1 D3 L1)
Torino have only beaten Roma once at home since 1990 (D10, L5)
Torino vs Roma: Prediction
Roma have had a solid pre-season and will look to start on the right footing. With the kind of attacking options at their disposal and their overall strong away record last season, the Giallorossi should be able to pick up all three points here against the Granata – although Torino could certainly nick a goal given that that’s what has happened in five of their last six meetings.
Torino vs Roma: Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 5/8 (1.62)
Roma to WIN at 8/7 (2.15)
Over 2.5 goals at 3/4 (1.75).