Mauro Icardi Serie A Top Goalscorer odds move from 9/1 to 33/1 since December

Mauro Icardi Serie A Top Goalscorer odds move from 9/1 to 33/1 since December

Mauro Icardi Serie A Top Goalscorer odds move from 9/1 to 33/1 since December

Often included in a lot of rumours regarding transfers to many of Europe’s top teams, Mauro Icardi has been able to set a stamp on football, scoring a mass of goals in succession during his six years at Inter Milan. He fought tooth and nail with Ciro Immobile for last season’s Golden Boot, only falling short by the narrowest of margins as both strikers achieved a tally of twenty-nine league goals each.

This season has been very different, not helped by the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus over the summer, but Mauro Icardi’s faltering form is his own responsibility, with bookmakers doubting any chance of a late turnaround.

Icardi suddenly struggling with goals from open play

As Inter Milan played out their Coppa Italia tie at home to Lazio on Thursday evening, Mauro Icardi was heading into another opportunity to shine for his side. He’s been as incredible as ever elsewhere and was one of the only fully-functioning pieces in Inter’s Champions League puzzle, scoring four times, but efforts back in Italy haven’t seen as much hope.

The Argentine was able to score against Lazio in extra-time, but it was yet another penalty, which are now becoming his only means of scoring in Serie A this season.

Usually, scoring from open play is an art to Mauro Icardi, who ranks among the best finishers in world football. This season is very different as his last open play goal in the Serie A dates back to October, where he netted a brace past Lazio, both without needing a spot-kick to get on the scoresheet.

His inability to score from open play was caught by Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who picked up on the piece of football trivia after being astonished by the sheer number of times he’s won games for Internazionale from the penalty spot.

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Lack of open play goals since October aside, Mauro Icardi’s quality is undoubtable.

Serie A Top Goalscorer odds see Ronaldo as a certain winner

It was always assumed that the summer arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo would see the Italian Serie A put on its head, with all of Mauro Icardi, Ciro Immobile, Dries Mertens, Paulo Dybala, and Edin Dzeko fighting for the Serie A Golden Boot. The reality has been far different, as veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella sits with sixteen goals, Cristiano Ronaldo narrowly trailing with fifteen goals, and Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata joining him with the same tally.

Genoa might be stuck at thirteenth but Krzysztof Piatek was such a key performer that he sealed a move to AC Milan in January, continuing his scoring to now sit with thirteen to his name this season. Unfortunately, all of Arkadiusz Milik, Mauro Icardi, Mario Mandzukic, and Dries Mertens look to be underachieving, currently several goals behind this season’s most prolific.

Changes to Mauro Icardi’s goalscorer odds since August

Even the arrival of Ronaldo didn’t put bookmakers off seeing Icardi as holding a strong chance of taking the Serie A Golden Boot, starting the campaign with a price of 6/1 with Bet365. It took until the end of October for the odds to reach 10/1, with them staying in that bracket until the end of 2018 as a lot of bookmakers continued to see him as being capable of surpassing Zapata, Ronaldo, and Quagliarella after showing his strongest efforts towards the end of each past season.

A poorer showing from Icardi since October made it uncertain over whether his knack for scoring from open play had all but gone this season. It’s only as fixtures in the new year have shown the Argentine’s continued trend for primarily scoring from the spot that the bookies have started to doubt any late changes, not helped by time beginning to run out over the fixtures where he could naturally make up the deficit.

Mauro Icardi’s penalty from last night – something he’s certainly mastered this season:

(Video Courtesy of @COS_Sports)

Towards the end of January, a disappointing goalless draw at home to Sassuolo had the Mauro Icardi goalscorer odds moving from 10/1 to 25/1. He was then unable to score in Inter’s away defeat to Torino, taking the odds up to 28/1 with some bookmakers, and now going as high as 33/1 despite him scoring in extra-time against Lazio.

Although he could only score for Inter Milan yet again via the penalty spot, it’s having a massive effect on the bookie’s estimations of him, and all of Fabio Quagliarella, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Duvan Zapata are scoring in a selection of different ways.