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Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Bookies make Luis Suarez odds-on to be Player of the Year


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March marks the beginning of the season's run-in and as well as club prizes there are individual awards to be won. But this year the bookies are agreed that the PFA Player of the Year award is a shoe-in for Luis Suarez.

All the firms currently running a book on this award have the Liverpool hitman as odd-on favourite. Chelsea's Eden Hazard is viewed as the only possible other contender and even the brilliant Belgian is seen as an unlikely winner.

Suarez happyIt would be quite a turnaround after all the controversy the Uruguayan generated after he tried to take a piece out of Branislav Ivanovic at the end of the last campaign. And that followed the furore over his comments to Patrice Evra which caused so much distate in the game and among the wider public.

It's not difficult to see why Suarez is considered untouchable though, as he leads both the goals and the assists table for the season. At time of writing he has 24 goals (six more than his nearest challenger) and 10 assists - Hazard has 12 goals and seven assists.

When the players vote for their award they tend to vote by end product. The Football Writers are more inclined to be swayed by beauty or graft (Robert Pires or Scott Parker) but the professionals go for players who win football matches and usually that means goals carry most currency.

In the short time left before voting someone has to do something astonishing or the Liverpool striker has to have another epic meltdown to stop him becoming the first South American to win this accolade.

It will be fascinating to see if the journalists go the same way and set aside the unsavoury aspects of the striker's time in England.

PFA Player of the Year betting:

Luis Suarez                         1/5

Eden Hazard                       4/1

Daniel Sturridge                  16/1

Yaya Toure                        18/1

John Terry                         40/1

Prices from Paddy Power

Article by Hugh Larkin

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