A double helping of Serie A action on Monday evening begins with Torino’s trip to face Salernitana at the Stadio Arechi in Salerno.
The home side are yet to win in three Serie A games this season, while Torino managed their first three-pointer of the term when they edged out Genoa at home before the international break.
Both sides have found goals hard to come by and so this could be an attritional contest in that regard.
Torino are set to be without Mërgim Vojvoda for this one, with 21-year-old Atalanta loanee Brandon Soppy likely to get the nod at full-back in his place as manager Ivan Juric aims for successive Serie A wins.
Koffi Djidji is nearing a return, but this game may be just too soon for him, while Duvan Zapata could start for the visitors after completing a season-long loan move from Atalanta on deadline day.
The home side are likely to have to make do without Giulio Maggiore, Flavius Daniliuc and Boulaye Dia as they go in search of a first league win of the season.
Draw @ 11/5
Manager Paulo Sousa took the helm at Salernitana in February and had a mandate to keep them in Serie A, something they ultimately managed with plenty to spare.
They will be keen to stay out of the dogfight for survival this time around, but the early signs aren’t positive. Draws with Roma and Udinese – both winless in their first three games – were followed by a 2-0 reverse at Lecce.
Torino got a point off Cagliari at home in their opener and a win over Genoa most recently, either side of a 4-1 reverse at the San Siro in between as AC Milan outclassed them.
It’s those two clean sheets, however, that coach Juric will have taken plenty encouragement from and being hard to break down is going to be a facet of Torino’s game plan.
The 41 goals conceded last season was the fifth-best record in Serie A. Their 42-goal return, however, was the seventh-lowest.
All in all, given those stats, they did well to gain 14 wins and 11 draws en route to finishing tenth.
No team had more draws than Salernitana (15) in the Italian top-flight last season and they are already up and running with those two stalemates this time around. This Monday evening offering may also end in stalemate.
Under 1.5 goals @ 7/4
Torino got the win over Genoa last time, but it took them until the 94th minute to break the deadlock via substitute Nemanja Radonjic.
The game against the newly-promoted outfit was far from free-flowing and decent goal chances were at a premium.
Torino registered an excellent nine away wins last season – they were fourth in the standing for away performances – compared to only five successes on their own patch. Their style of play is well suited to a smash and grab.
In Salernitana they are running into a mirror image of themselves, another team set up to frustrate.
There have been under 2.5 goals in five of the last six meetings between these foes and that outcome is appealing at 8/13 now.
Given they have combined for five goals between them in the six games they’ve played so far, it may be worth going one step further and backing under 1.5 goals in a game that may not be for the purists.