Serie A: Icardi Set For 200th League Appearance After A Bumpy Ride

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Having passed one landmark on Tuesday by scoring his first goal for Argentina, Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi is set to reach another on Saturday by making his 200th appearance in Serie A.

It has been something of a bumpy ride for the 25-year-old, with an exposed private life and a falling-out with the fans along the way, but he is now recognised as one of the Italian league’s most deadly strikers.

Third in Serie A, Inter host Frosinone when they hope to get their campaign back on the rails following a shock 4-1 defeat by Atalanta in their last outing.

Inter’s leading scorer for the past four seasons, Icardi has played under three different owners and seven coaches since joining them from Sampdoria in 2013.

An out-and-out centre forward, he is deadly in the penalty area although his contribution in other areas of the pitch is sometimes questioned.

Like Lionel Messi, he was born in the Argentine city of Rosario and also trained at Barcelona’s La Masia academy. Unlike Messi, he did not make it into their first team and left in 2011 for Sampdoria who were in the Italian second tier at the time.

Despite twice finished as Serie A’s joint scorer with Inter, there is often a feeling that he is still not quite playing to his full potential.

ITALIAN SERIE A FIXTURES AND PREDICTIONS THIS WEEKEND, GO PLACE YOUR BETTING 

Udinese v AS Roma – Over 1.5

Juventus v Spal – 1

Inter Milan v Frosinone – 1

Parma v Sassuolo – Goal Goal (BTS)

Bologna v Fiorentina – Over 1.5

Empoli v Atalanta – X2

Napoli v Chievo – 1

Lazio v AC Milan – Goal Goal (BTS)

Genoa v Sampdoria – Over 1.5

Cagliari v Torino – Over 2.5

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