21 December 2019 live
A late comeback from Verona denied Torino full points in their last Serie A (SA) fixture, but three wins in five games makes good reading (D1, L1). However, concerns remain over conceding late – the 15-minute period at the end of each half accounts for 50% of the SA goals Torino have conceded. That’s partly resulted in Torino conceding first in nine of their 16 SA matches this campaign.
The first goal looks to be vital, as 12 of Torino’s 13 SA games that didn’t end in a draw saw the eventual winner score the opener. That importance looks further amplified at home, considering five of Torino’s six SA wins/losses have come via a one-goal margin.
Eight of Spal’s 13 SA wins/losses have followed the same route, but they travel here on a nine-game winless league run (D3, L6). Although they doubled their away goals tally with a goal in their most recent away fixture, Spal have recorded seven losses from eight road trips.
Seven of the last ten SA H2Hs have remained goalless at half-time, which has also been the case in five of Spal’s last seven league games this campaign. Conceding late remains Spal’s biggest concern, with 40% of their SA goals against coming beyond the 60th minute – a prime reason why they have just two SA clean sheets so far.
Players to watch: Cristian Ansaldi has scored three and assisted one of Torino’s last five SA goals. Meanwhile, Andrea Petagna has been Spal’s first goalscorer with each of his last four SA strikes.
Stat attack: Four of Torino’s six SA home wins/losses have seen a 2-1 scoreline.
Torino have kept a first-half clean sheet in five of their last six SA matches.
Spal have failed to score in 50% of their SA matches this season, and in four of their last six SA H2H visits.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 20:45.