The Player of the Year is an annual award that is given to the player who has been voted the best of the year in English football. The award was firstly established in the season 1973-74, and the winner is voted by the members of the players’ trade union, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). The current holder is Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
In the last few years, the PFA Player of the Year betting market has become more and more popular, with bookmakers that are offering very interesting odds. Many punters will place a wager over the season on the player they believe to be the best. Our experts have analysed in this page the current situation and provided their predictions on the PFA Player of the Year betting market.
PFA Player of the Year Betting Tips
The 2019/20 has been a rather unusual season that has presented several problems when it comes to deciding the PFA Player of the Year award. The price is given to the best player voted by the players themselves in April.
Liverpool have been dominating from the start to the end, and many believe that the winner should be one of the ‘Magic’ Reds. The main problem with this theory is that Jurgen Klopp’s side is so strong that no one individual has stood out particularly well. Also, another Liverpool’s win will make it three years in a row after Virgin van Dijk won the price in 2019, even if eventually was Manchester City who won the title. Will the players decide to look elsewhere when picking the winner? Possibly. Let’s take a look at the different favourites:
The Liverpool captain is the new favourite to lift the PDF title. This is on the back of his superb performance in the weekend when he scored a goal and also delivered an assist. Considering that there isn’t a standout candidate in the Liverpool team, and that their success is made by the team, it makes sense to reward the captain.
It would be surprising, though if the Premier League players will have the same thought process. Surely Henderson is a very good player, and it is key to Klopp’s strategy, but he is not the most talented individual, and he hasn’t had a better season than around four or five other players.
Of course, if nobody else will come up in the next couple of months, then the consensus could be reached on Henderson, but most likely the chatter will die, and someone else will be more central in the media. At that point, Henderson’s odds will drift.
Mane has always been considered an important player for Liverpool, but in the last 12 months, the Senegalese has improved massively. In 2019 he finished fourth in the Ballon D’Or and surely that has helped him to raise his profile.
Looking at the stats, Mane is technically the least productive of Liverpool’s front three, with 11 goals scored (less than Mo Salah) and six assists (third in the Liverpool table with Salah and Firmino). One of the reasons why Mane is so popular in this market, is maybe because he was the early frontrunner. Similarly to what happened to Kevin de Bruyne in 2017/18, he might well slide down the table, as he has peaked too early.
Manchester City have had a terrible season by their standards. A Citizens player would only have the chance of winning this prize if he has done something very special. We believe De Bruyne is close to doing just that. The Belgian has delivered 15 Premier League assists (just 5 less than Thierry Henry’s record in 2002/03). The De Bruyne will top Henry, he will generate the types of headlines that he needs to win this price.
Another two good reason for sticking with De Bruyne. During City’s great year he missed out as the price went to Salah. The voting players might feel it is fair to correct that once the assist record is broken. This is the first season after a massive injury, and the price could be a great opportunity to celebrate the man.
The second reason is that Liverpool’s team effort is likely to split the vote. With so many players to choose from, we might find that four or five players will have an even split. That could open up space for De Bruyne to take advantage of the situation. He is now available at 5/1, and surely we suggest to back him now at this price before he will reach the assist record and will become a major talking point again.
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It was pretty exceptional that a centre-back won PFA Player of the Year award in 2019. The chances of this happening two years in a row are very slim, even if Van Dijk has remained one of the most important Liverpool’s players. The issue is that he is not news anymore. Everyone knows how good he is.
The 21-year-old has helped to redefine the role and also has ten assists, more than any other Liverpool player. He is part of a defence that has conceded only 15 goals so far in this campaign. Lots of players will think that this is not the right year for him to win the major award, as he will almost certainly land the Young Player of the Year.
Similarly to what happened last year, the one incredible goalscoring season will overshadow him. He won the award in 2018 after netting 32 league goals and delivering 10 assists. Salah has done very well but hasn’t been able to reach those standards, and it is difficult he will be voted again. Salah, in a way, is a victim of his own success and is not an appealing option as far as we are concerned.
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