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Torino Preview: Family Drama

Turin's lovable misfits visit the Eternal City on Sunday evening

FC Crotone v AS Roma - Serie A Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

Turin based teams have not been kind to AS Roma this season, that's for sure. The narrow 1-0 loss against Juventus is still fresh in our minds and hurts when looking at the standings, but also the 3-1 loss against Torino back in September wasn't exactly a match to remember. A goal from star striker Bellotti and two goals from Spanish Messi former Roma employee Falque sent Roma home without points from Turin. Last season Roma also lost the trip to Juve 1-0 and conceded a 94' penalty against Torino, a match which ended 1-1. Damn, I hate that city. Radja agrees.

But this Sunday Roma have a chance at redemption. While Juventus will only visit the Olimpico in May, their little nephews come to town already tomorrow. And while we laughably refer to Torino as 'Juve's nephews', they may as well be Roma's brothers (uhm, does this make Roma and Juve family?) when you look at their roster: Castan, Falque, Ljajic and Iturbe are all part of the Granata as of today, while their coach has a Roman history too. Usually this not bodes well for Roma...

Yet, who wants to bet against a Roman victory? Our Giallorossi are flying higher than Icarus nowadays and just came back from Spain with a 0-4 trashing of Villareal. Especially Dzeko is on fire, while the return of Salah from the AFCON is a blessing for Spalletti and his team. In Serie A Roma won six of its last seven games. Torino on the other hand, only managed one win in their last six games: A home game against last-placed Pescara. Nothing to write home about really.

Torino like to score but they also like to concede. 45 goals for, 36 against. Yikes. So there's a chance that goals will fly left and right tomorrow. Just look at the possible line-ups: Dzeko, Belotti, Salah, Ljajic, Radja, Falque... Let's just hope it's in the right goal. Last time they met Roma still played a 4-2-3-1 with Peres as LB, no Rüdiger and Strootman/Emerson still looking after their best form. This time our defence should keep most of Torino's attackers at bay though. The rest is in Dzeko's hands, with 28 goals absolutely the man of the moment in Rome. However, one average game or missed sitter from him and the critics may come back and haunt Edin. Let's pray he keeps this tempo up until May. Again, I wouldn't bet against a goal or two from Edin tomorrow.

Now the bad news: Juventus already played their part yesterday and won 4-1 against Palermo, leaving a massive gap of ten points at the top. Lazio, Napoli and Inter all play away games but face relatively easy opponents. Speaks for itself that Roma can't afford to slip behind.

In order to stay in reach of one Turin outfit, they need to beat the other. Or in other words: Beat up your brothers to send a message to their malicious nephews. Sounds like fun.