Who's Favourite For PFA Player of the Year?
The PFA Player of the Year award has been handed out 48 times since it came into existence all the way back in 1974. The vote sees members of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) recognise the best player in England’s top tier every season.
But, who will take home the 2021-22 gong? Well, the best betting sites may just hold the key to the answer.
Manchester City’s midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne is the current holder of the award and it was his second consecutive victory after he also won it in the pandemic interrupted 2019–20 campaign.
De Bruyne’s Man City side looks to be running away with the title according to the Premier League betting, and only Liverpool appear capable of catching them at present. That means players from both clubs are sure to be right in the running to win this award.
In this article we’ll have a look at the contenders, and we’ll also see if we can find a bit of value in the market.
PFA Player of the Year Betting Odds
|Kevin De Bruyne||10/1||William Hill|
|Virgil van Dijk||33/1||William Hill|
|Ruben Dias||50/1||William Hill|
Mohamed Salah Races To The Front Of PFA Player Of The Year Betting
As many a Premier League defender has felt this term, there seems to be no catching Mohamed Salah when it comes to the odds of winning the PFA Player of the Year. Back at the end of September you could have got a price as big as 10/1 for ‘The Egyptian King’ to claim the prize, and we hope you took advantage of that because you are not going to get odds like that anymore.
Having won the award in the 2017-18 season, Salah is now a 4/6 frontrunner on football betting sites to score this year’s edition and he would seal the second victory in this category of his career by doing so.
It’s also easy to see why Liverpool’s star attacker is so far ahead of everyone else in the market. Salah is miles clear of anyone else in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot with 16 goals to his name and he also has more assists than anyone else in the league to boot.
To make things even more impressive, Salah is extremely likely to take the award having missed a chuck of the season away on duty for Egypt at the African Cup of Nations.
Manchester City Have Five Of The Top 10 In The PFA Award Market
As we’ve already touched on, Kevin De Bruyne is the back-to-back holder of the award, but one of his City colleagues is actually ahead of him in the betting with UK bookmakers. Bernardo Silva leads the Pep Guardiola-managed posse at 8/1 with MansionBet to be named the winner.
Amazingly, it appeared Silva wanted to leave Man City’s star-studded squad last summer, but an acceptable bid wasn’t received for the 27-year-old. However, instead of sulking Silva has restabilised himself as a key cog in the side and now has pushed his plans to return to Benfica down the tracks for a while.
Kevin De Bruyne is not out of the reckoning for a three-peat however, and can be found at odds of 10/1 in the betting to make that happen. An ankle injury and Covid has seen him miss eight games for City this season and those absences has probably harmed his chances of retaining. But, he is now back to his best and could well be the value pick for those betting on the award winner.
Elsewhere, Phil Foden (16/1), Joao Cancelo (25/1) and Ruben Dias at 50/1 are also in with a sniff. However, defenders don’t tend to win this honour - although Virgil van Dijk did buck that trend in 2019 - so only Foden currently has a realistic chance of winning it really.
Other Outsiders To Get The Player Of The Year Nod
The real surprise name on the shortlist is Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, who can be backed at 16/1 currently. After struggling for years, the 20-year-old now finally seems to be a recognised starter at Arsenal.
The Brazilian youngster has scored key goals in victories for The Gunners over Newcastle, West Ham and Leeds United recently, but one suspects he will have to put in a hell of a shift in the second half of the season to even challenge Salah.
Moving back to Merseyside, Virgil van Dijk sits at 33/1 with William Hill to scoop the award again. Van Dijk’s aforementioned victory in 2019 was the first time since 2005 (John Terry) that a defender won the vote. However, while his form has been decent this term, it’s fair to say it hasn’t been anywhere near what he is capable of.
Finally, it’s unlikely - despite all of his assists - that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be the man to take home the PFA Player Of The Year award and his current odds of 50/1 reflect that.
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