It’s derby day over in Turin as Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus face local rivals Torino in a must-win Serie A showdown.
The 204th official Derby della Mole takes place on Saturday evening as Juventus take the short trip to cross-town rivals Torino in Serie A.
With their title defense in tatters, the visitors know anything less than victory is unacceptable. They have a 10-point gap to table-toppers Inter Milan to overcome in fourth, while fifth-placed Napoli lie only two points behind in the standings. Torino, on the other hand, sit a point above the relegation zone down in 17th.
Both sides have a lot at stake for the derby, suggesting another hard-fought and close contest awaits in Turin. This one could very well be decided by the smallest of margins, where a single error or moment of magic could make the difference.
Torino Form & Stats
A 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria last time out saw Torino slip further away from the upper-half in Serie A. They held 65% of possession, made 518 passes compared to Sampdoria’s 293, and had 11 shots but failed to get a single one on target.
The Maroons now risk losing successive league games without scoring for the first time since February 2020 under Walter Mazzarri. They’ve only collected 6 points from the last 5 games, giving an average of 1.2 points-per-match, and boast a poor head-to-head record against Juventus. In fact, their last Turin derby victory came in April 2015.
Torino also boast the worst home record in Serie A, having only won once in 13 matches (D7 L5). The seven-time Italian champions have even seen 77% of their home fixtures end in BTTS and have an XG of 1.47. Top-scorer Andrea Belotti, on the other hand, has scored just three times in 13 encounters with Juventus.
Key Team Stats
- Won only 1 of their 13 home league games (D7 L5).
- Won only one of their last 29 league games against Juventus (D6 L22).
- BTTS in 7 of their last 9 home league games.
- Under 2.5 yellow cards from the team in 9 of their last 10 league games.
- Andrea Belotti has only scored 3 goals in 13 games against Juventus and has never been on the winning team (D2 L11).
Juventus Form & Stats
A surprise 1-0 home loss to Benevento cost Juventus valuable ground in the title battle. The pressure is on now. Not only are Serie A leaders Inter Milan 10 points ahead, but Andrea Pirlo’s men are at risk of dropping out of the top-four. Therefore, they head to the Turin derby knowing victory is a must to kick-start their season and salvage some pride.
History favors the Bianconeri heavily, though. 10 wins have come in their last 11 visits to Torino (L1), including the last five. They’ve done ok on the road this season, averaging 1.77 points-per-match and winning 46% of their fixtures.
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has scored 13 of his 23 league goals away from home this season. The forward also has a decent record in the Turin derby and scored a superb free-kick against Torino last July. He’ll be gunning to add to his tally on Saturday to revive the Old Lady’s fading title hopes.
Key Team Stats
- Won 6 of their 13 away league games (D5 L2).
- Won 10 of their last 11 away league games against Torino (L1) and kept 8 clean sheets.
- Scored in each of their last 19 league games against Torino.
- Averaged 5.6 corner-kicks, 1.6 yellow cards, and 6 shots on target in their last 5 league games.
- BTTS in 4 of their last 5 away games in all competitions.
- Unbeaten in 33 league games against bottom four clubs (W29 D4).
- Cristiano Ronaldo has made 4 goal contributions in 5 league games against Torino (3 goals, 1 assist).
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 13 goals in 11 away league games.
Out: Nicolas Nkoulou, Wilfried Stephane Singo.
Out: Gianluigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala, Arthur, Leonardo Bonucci, Merih Demiral, Weston McKennie.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Scorers in Serie A
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in Serie A.
* DC: X2 – Double Chance on Away Team (Juventus)