Ogbonna is still not available. Therefore, Glik and Rodriguez will be the centre-backs.
Since Brighi is injured, only Vives is battling with Basha to get a starting spot in midfield.
Sgrigna is thought to be leaving Torino, so Meggiorini should partner Bianchi up front once again.
Catania rank fifth in Serie A in terms of their home record, winning 4 of their last 6 in front of their own fans. The Sicilians are always confident when they play at the Massimino and this match looks perfect to begin the new year with a victory.
Torino have played better away from home so far, but the trip to Catania is one of the longest of the league. However, Ventura has had enough time to prepare for this match and may try to surprise his opponents.
The hosts will surely take control of the action, attacking down the flanks with their quick wingers. Torino could probably have the same strategy, but missing key players in every role won't give coach Ventura a lot of options. Playing at home against an opponent travelling from so far could be the key element to this first match back after a long break.
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