Torino vs Parma
Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Torino
Saturday, 20-06-2020 @8:30pm
Ref: Massimiliano Irrati
Torino have lost their last 6 games in Serie A. Il Toro have failed to win 13 of their last 15 meetings with Parma. Parma have lost 1 away game to sides outside the top 4.
Torino return to action aiming to repair their dreadful season so far, having gone from European football in August to a relegation battle. They are just two points clear of the drop zone as the Serie A campaign restarts.
Now Parma have jumped into the European mix, as they’re only four points shy of sixth. With the visitors looking strong this term, could they pile more misery onto Torino?
The break in the season has at least given Il Toro some time to work on their future. The plan for them seems to be to switch to a 4-4-2 system in the run-in, as they try to get more from forward Andrea Belotti.
Any changes will need to be huge in order to fix Torino’s issues. Defeat here would make this their worst stretch of form in the top flight.
Their current run of six straight defeats in the competition is something they’ve only matched twice, in 1999/00 (a season in which they were relegated) and in 2006/07.
Hellas Verona vs Cagliari
Estadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Saturday, 20-06-2020 @10:45pm
Ref: Gianluca Manganiello
Verona have enjoyed an incredible season since returning to the top flight, but can that continue after the Serie A restart? They are the surprise challengers in the European battle, but the middle of the table is tightly packed.
Cagliari had started like a side who were going to push for a European finish, but a complete collapse has forced them into a managerial change.
Walter Zenga has been appointed as their new manager and on Saturday he takes charge of his first game, despite being appointed three-and-a-half months ago.
Verona have managed to pull away from the relegation battle by producing some excellent defensive displays. After conceding only 26 times from their 25 Serie A games, they’re the most solid newcomer since Juventus were promoted in 2007/08.
The hosts enjoyed an impressive start to 2020, with their great early form pushing them into the mix for Europe. They’ve only lost once in their nine games this year, building on one of the best home records in the league.
Verona have won six of their 12 matches at his ground this season, losing only three times. A 2-1 win over Juventus in their last match here was their third win on the bounce. Can they extend that run by punishing an out of sorts Cagliari outfit?
The hosts have the best defensive record of any newly promoted Serie A side in 12 years. Verona have only lost one game in 2020. Verona have won their last 4 home meetings with Cagliari. The visitors have failed to win any of their last 11 games.
The other upcoming Serie A games
-Atalanta vs Sassuolo @8:30pm
-Inter Milan vs Sampdoria @10:45pm
-Fiorentina vs Brescia @8:30pm
-Leave vs AC Milan @8:30pm
-Bologna vs Juventus @10:45pm