September’s Derby della Mole was a tight affair, and with Torino now in fine form this Sunday’s meeting could be one of the closest in some time.
Torino have never had so many Serie A points at this stage of the season or scored so many top-flight goals since 1976/77. They also approach the game off the back of becoming the first team this season to overturn a deficit away at Hellas Verona in Monday’s 3-1 win.
Note, though, that despite their success this season, the Granata have wasted 20 points from a winning position, coming out on top at the end of just nine of the 18 games in which they’ve gone in front.
Attack is Torino’s real strongpoint this season. Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile (the latter co-owned by Juventus) are the most prolific strike partnership in Serie A this campaign, and the pair have now either scored or provided the assist for 31 of the team’s 39 goals.
Wing-play is not their focus: no other side has put in less crosses from open play. Instead, they look to operate on the shoulder of the defender, and it’s perhaps for that reason that they hold the record for offsides in Serie A this season.
Torino’s formation will be a familiar one to Juventus. Giampiero Ventura lines his men up in Antonio Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 setup almost without fail, having previously been a staunch advocate of the 4-2-4 system.
Other aspects of the Granata to note are that they are second behind Juventus in the rankings for percentage of shots on target (50), and that only Parma have scored more goals with Italian players than Torino’s 31.