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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(50) 35 Goals 30 (45)
(37) 31 Assists 20 (30)
(6.6) 7 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
29.5 Average Age 28.1
181.9 Average Height (cm) 183.7
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 0.9 (0.8)
(48%) 48% Aerial Duel Success 56% (53%)
(0.8) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(2) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.7 (1.8)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Serie A.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Pablo Álvarez Out 7.08
Fabio Sciacca Out 6.2
Marco Biagianti Out 6.62
Takayuki Morimoto Out 5.96
Gonzalo Bergessio Doubtful 6.97
Player Reason Status Rating
Mario Santana Out 6.83
Angelo Obinze Ogbonna Out 6.83
Simone Verdi Out 5.93
Matteo Brighi Out 7.01
Abou Diop Out 5.66

Team News

  • Bellusci should play at right-back, making room for Spolli in the centre of the defence.
  • Izco will retain his place in the midfield as Biagianti is still injured.
  • Bergessio is on his way back from injury, but coach Maran is experimenting with Castro in the centre of his attack.
  • 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.

Prediction

  • 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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