AC Milan will look to get back on track when they visit Torino on Thursday in the Serie A.
After four games, Milan lie in 12th place in the league. They have won two games while losing the other two. Their campaign got off to a bad start as they lost 1-0 to Udinese in the first week. In the next match, Milan claimed a 1-0 win over promoted side Brescia. Hakan Calhanoglu scored an early goal which handed his side the three points. Another 1-0 win came in the next game as Milan beat Verona courtesy of a goal from Krzysztof Piatek.
Milan faced Inter in the derby on Sunday and lost 2-0 to their neighbors. Goals from Marcelo Brozoic and Romelu Lukaku condemned Milan to their second defeat of the season. That defeat has kept Milan in the bottom half. They finished last season in fifth place, which in theory should have given them a path to the Europa League. But they were banned from the competition for breaching financial fair play regulations.
Manager Marco Giampolo is in his first season at the club. He was at Sampdoria for the past three seasons, where he led them to top-half finishes in the last to campaigns. After firing Gennaro Gattuso, the board turned to Giampolo to revive the lost fortunes of Milan. They have not qualified for the Champions League since 2014 and have not played in Europe in three of the past five seasons.
Torino have the same points as Milan, but they are two places above them due to a superior goal difference. They began their season with a 2-1 win over Sassuolo. Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti got the goals for their side that day. They won their second game as well, beating Atalanta 3-2. Kevin Bonifazi, Alex Berenguer, and Armando Izzo were on the score-sheet against Atalanta.
Since then Torino have failed to pick up any points. They hosted promoted side Lecce last week and fell to a 2-1 defeat. On Sunday they traveled to face Sampdoria where they were beaten 1-0. Manager Walter Mazzarri will want to get back to winning ways against Milan. Torino finished seventh last season, which granted them a pathway to the Europa League qualifiers. However, they lost to Wolves of the Premier League in the play-off.
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Four out of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended in draws. Goals have been rare in that time, as those five games have seen just eight goals. Torino won the last clash 2-0 courtesy of goals from Belotti and Berenguer. A similar result would be a delight for the Torino fans.
Torino vs AC Milan Prediction
It will be a close game, as both sides have looked strong defensively. The total goals should be under 2.5 in the game. A low-scoring draw seems like a likely result as both teams will look to avoid defeat.