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Serie A Matchday 21: Torino-Reggina

This one is a midweek game, and I don't know what else to say but another must-win, especially now that we only picked up a point at Lecce. These are the kind of games that not only matter points-wise, but as tie-breakers should be end up tied at the bottom end of the table. The positive part about the Lecce result is that we have now won and drawn against them. If we can beat Reggina on Wednesday then we also have a positive tie-breaker against them (as the other result was 1-1).

Reggina are doing worse than we are, believe it or not, and have brought back Nevio Orlandi. This could be a mixed bag for us, as while Orlandi is not a particularly brilliant coach, he has been at Reggina before and knows the club and much of the team, and I've observed that managers get positive results on their debuts, more often than not (obviously we all know this is not always the case). They lost to Chievo this Sunday, which means Chievo are level on points with us and they are at the bottom of the table.

We sit 18th by virtue of head-to-head with Chievo (that being an away draw), but we need to get the hell off the bottom of the table. We are two points behind Lecce, who are interestingly enough away to Chievo, so for the second week in a row the bottom four teams are playing against each other. Aside from a win for us, the ideal result in that game would be a draw, which would lift us out of the relegation zone should we win, again by virtue of our head-to-head with Lecce. There is also the possibility of going level on points with Bologna, though they would be above us due to the 5-2 thrashing they gave us.

As for the game itself, because we do not want to talk too much about other team's games, there are a whole host of missing players, but we should still be able to field a good team. Most alarmingly, Natali is suspended, which means another defensive change, while Barone will finish out the second game of his suspension. Its mostly the bench players injured though Rubin is still injured, along with Zanetti, Abbruscato, Pratali, and Pisano. Diana has been having fitness issues and probably won't start. This is our possible team:

Bianchi

Rosina - Abate

Säumel - Corini - Dzemaili

Ogbonna - Di Loreto - Dellafiore - Colombo

Sereni

Bench: Calderoni, Diana, Suciu, Vailatti, Amoruso, Stellone, Ventola

A very positive lineup, IMO. My only two concerns are that we might lack a bit of punch in the midfield, we'll have to see how up to the task Säumel and Dzemaili are (we can't expect Corini to do a whole lot of defending) and also our defense. Obviously injuries and suspensions have forced more changes, but our depth right now is perilous. If we lose a central defender we will be forced to put Diana on the left-back spot (!) and move Ogbonna inside, which would not be good at all. Novellino will have to attack if he wants to win this game, and luckily the lineup will reflect it. Reggina are missing probably their most potent attacking player, Brienza, which is a relief for our defense, but we'll definitely have to watch out for the likes of Corradi and Cozza. Otherwise their lineup seems average at best (though Lanzaro is a solid defender) and this is a team we should beat if we expect to stay up.

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C4 match preview:

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Il tecnico Novellino ha convocato 20 calciatori per Torino vs Reggina, in programma domani alle ore 20.30:

Abate, Amoruso, Bianchi, Calderoni, Colombo, Corini, Dellafiore, Di Loreto, Diana, Dzemaili, Fontana, Ogbonna, Pisano, Rivalta, Rosina, Rubin, Saumel, Sereni, Stellone, Zanetti.

The new formation (incl. Rivalta):

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Rosina - Amoruso

Zanetti - Corini - Abate

Ogbonna - Pisano - Dellafiore - Rivalta

Sereni

Bench: Calderoni, Di Loreto, Dzemaili, Diana, Rubin, Colombo, Stellone

Still a nice attacking lineup, I like the look of the front three a bit more, and with Zanetti back in the lineup he should allow for Corini and Abate to get forward more. Just a bit curious as to why him over Dzemaili especially since he (Zanetti) has just returned from injured. Big questions about the defense though as Pisano is not a great central defender. I would almost rather stick Di Loreto in there since, like Zanetti, Pisano has just returned from injury. Ogbonna vs. Rubin at right back, I would say Rubin except that Ogbonna has been doing fairly well. I still haven't seen the full Lecce match, but he did fairly well against Lazio in the Coppa. The defense is the main question here - Reggina is the only side to ship more goals than we have this season, so if we can keep our defense tight we would almost certainly win. Big if though.

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TORINO (4-3-2-1): Sereni; Rivalta, Dellafiore, Pisano, Ogbonna; Abate, Zanetti, Saumel; Rosina, Amoruso, Bianchi. A disp.: Calderoni, Colombo, Di Loreto, Rubin, Dzemaili, Corini, Stellone. All.: Novellino.

REGGINA (3-5-2): Campagnolo; Lanzaro, Valdes, Santos; Krajcik, Barreto, Cozza, Barillà, Costa; Brienza, Corradi. A disp.: Puggioni, Sestu, Rakic, Halfredsson, Tognozzi, Viola, Ceravolo. All.: Orlandi.

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Can't find anywhere to watch this on the net. Apparently myp2p.eu is not showing Serie A (among other leagues) for the time being due to legal issues, can't find anything on justin.tv, bet365.com isn't showing the game and espn360 doesn't work with my ISP (though they aren't showing it anyways). Terrible luck it would seem, so unless anyone can show me a link, which I'd greatly appreciate, I'm just following it on the Gazzetta site.

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Well, Reggina have already had three shots, us none and it seems our attack is playing with its usual ambivalence (from what I read on the GDS feed). As my old coach used to say, "What do you think this is, a holiday camp?"

EDIT: Also, it is apparently very cold in Torino and all the players are having a bit of trouble and Pisano is down with muscle problems.

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According to Leggo, Novellino could be sacked if he fails to beat Reggina tonight and be replaced by Camolese.

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38' Azioni molto confuse del Torino, quasi rugbistiche.


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Terrible first half overall, but especially from us. We are retaining the majority of possesion but have absolutely no idea what to do with the ball. We have had no shots on goal, our best chance was a Rosina free kick which he shot against the wall. It's just baffling how a team can play this poorly and expect to stay up, let alone even win a game...at home for the love of God!

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A bit better in the second half, but no goal and Lecce is ahead and playing a man up at Chievo.

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Dzemaili against the post.

Now Bologna is winning too, if we don't get all three points from this we might as well give up now...

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2 points from 2 must-win matches
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Pathetic. The only glimmer of hope is that Chievo managed to hold Lecce meaning that we are still only two points from safety and barely ahead of Chievo. Still, the fact that we've already played all four games against two relegation rivals and only won one (though lost none) is upsetting.

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Away to Inter next round, don't even remind me.

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According to Leggo, Novellino could be sacked if he fails to beat Reggina tonight and be replaced by Camolese.
Please?! Please?! Please?! This is the only possible good that could come from the last few weeks.

Absolutely dismal.
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