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Football Data: The inside track on Torino v Sampdoria


Football Data: The inside track on Torino v Sampdoria

Italy’s leading football statistics agency gives us the lowdown on tonight’s Serie A Week 33 clash between Torino and Sampdoria.

Torino have enjoyed the better results in the 62 previous fixtures played in Piedmont, where there have been 34 home wins, (the most recent a 2-0 victory in 2015/16), 16 draws (the last one a 0-0 in 2012/13) and 12 Samp successes (most recently a 2-0 triumph in 2013/14).

Marco Giampaolo thus far has the edge in his personal head-to-head with Sinisa Mihajlovic, having won two, drawn four and lost one of their seven previous meetings. The four draws have all come at Giampaolo’s home ground. Mihajlovic was sacked by Bologna in April 2009 – his first job as head coach – after a 4-1 home defeat against Giampaolo’s Siena.

Torino have conceded 50% of their goals (27 of 54) in the last half an hour of play in 2016/17. They’ve let in 11 between the 61st and 75th minute and 16 between the 76th and 90th minute (including stoppage time).

Torino have recorded more Serie A draws than any other team this season: 12 in 33 matches.

April has not been a good period for Mihajlovic over the years: his teams have averaged just 0.96 points per game in this month, with five wins, nine draws and 11 defeats in 25 matches. Two of the three times he’s been sacked (with Bologna and AC Milan) were in April.

Torino have scored and conceded at least one goal in each of their last 12 league fixtures (25 for and 23 against in total). The last time Torino drew a blank was in a 2-0 reverse against Bologna on 22 January while their last clean sheet was in Sassuolo 0-0 Torino on 8 January.

Sampdoria have had just seven different goal scorers in Serie A this term – the lowest number of any top-flight side. Ricky Alvarez, Edgar Barreto, Bruno Fernandes, Luis Muriel, Dennis Praet, Fabio Quagliarella and Patrik Schick are the only Blucerchiati men to have found the net in 2016/17.

Sampdoria have scored more goals through players coming off the bench than anyone else in Serie A this season. Samp’s 10 substitute goals have been scored by Patrik Schick (six), Bruno Fernandes (three) and Ricky Alvarez (one).

Davide Massa will be the man in the middle at the Olimpico on Saturday night. Torino have won eight, drawn four and lost three of their 15 matches with Massa, while Samp are yet to win with him in charge (drawing three and losing three).

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