Hungarian side, Debreceni will have the odds stacked against them this Thursday, as they head to Italy to face Torino at their Olympic Grande Torino Stadium for the Europa League Qualifiers. Torino will have their eyes set on a simple win when this fixture comes around, but you can never underestimate the underdogs when it comes to cup games. Torino has missed out on the Europa League over the last few years after disappointing outings in Serie A and they come up against a side that hasn’t managed to make it past the Europa League Qualifying Rounds, since 2011.
Torino finished the 2018/19 Serie season in seventh place which is an improvement on their previous season. They ended the previous season in strong form, which saw them lose just one of their last ten games. This run of form, includes a 1-1 draw against Juventus and a 2-0 win over AC Milan. Walter Mazzarri will be hoping his side can display the same strong form in his upcoming Europa League Qualifiers. Torino has played in one friendly since the end of their season which had them take on Pro Patria which ended in a five-goal goal-fest. Torini managed to scrape the win after the game ended 3-2 in their favour.
Unlike their opponents, Debreceni has featured in many more preseason fixtures which could aid them when facing Torino, on Thursday. The Hungarian side has displayed some strong form in parts of their last five games, with them securing two wins, one draw and two defeats. Debreceni swept aside the last opponents they faced in the Europa League Qualifiers, as after two legs they had secured an aggregate scoreline of 4-1. However, their strong form came to an end in their previous game when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Kazincbarcika.
Walter Mazzarri will be able to front his strongest side on Thursday, with Torino currently not suffering from any injuries or suspensions. After a lot of interest from Premier League sides, Armando Izzo has decided to sign a new deal with Torino and is expected to start in the heart of defence on Thursday. We expect Andrea Belotti to keep his spot upfront after an impressive outing in his last fixture, which saw him bag a brace. The forward could be key to his side’s success against Debreceni.
Debreceni manager, András Herczeg will be glad to have his full squad available for selection for this fixture, as they will need all the help they can get to beat Torino. We are expecting to see Kevin Varga starting in midfield this Thursday alongside Dániel Tőzsér after the midfielder bagged a brace in his last Europa League Qualifier match. Although his last game was not his best outing, Oleksandr Nad is expected to remain in goal after showing his quality in the qualifier matches.
With the home advantage and far more quality amongst their side, Torino should be able to kick-off this two-legged fixture with a simple win. With such a gulf in quality between these sides, we are backing Torino to win to nil which sits at odds of 7/10 and for both teams not to score, which has odds of 8/15. Both Torino and Debreceni were involved in games which had over 2.5 goals scored in their last outings and we fancy the same outcome in this one too.