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Who will win 2019 PFA Player of the Year? Favourites, outsiders, underdogs & latest odds

7:44 PM GMT+8 09/03/2020
Virgil van Dijk Jordan Henderson Liverpool Premier League
Virgil van Dijk lifted the individual Premier League award last season and another Liverpool player could scoop it this time around

Liverpool have dominated the PFA Player of the Year award in recent seasons and could be in line to make it three in a row this time around.

Virgil van Dijk is the current holder after becoming the first defender in almost 15 years to claim the award, whilst Mohamed Salah won it in the 2017-18 campaign after scoring 32 goals.

Goal takes a look at the favourites to win the coveted individual award, as well as the underdogs and the outsiders.

Who is favourite to win the 2019 PFA Player of the Year award?

One of Liverpool’s fearsome front three, Sadio Mane is 2/1 favourite to claim the award for the first time after scoring 14 goals and adding a further seven assists after 29 games.

The Senegal attacker has contributed a host of significant goals this season including winners against Aston Villa, Wolves and West Ham, as well as winning an injury-time penalty against Leicester in October.

Jordan Henderson is second-favourite to win PFA Player of the Year at odds of 11/4, with the Liverpool captain having been the midfield driving force for his side this season.

Although not the flashiest of players, the midfielder represents a vital cog in the Liverpool machine and it is little coincidence that their dip in form in February and March came at the same time Henderson was injured.

Available at 7/2 is Kevin De Bruyne. Since his Man City debut in September 2015, no one in the Premier League has recorded more assists than the 61 the playmaker has managed as of March 9 and Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in a single season looks to be in jeopardy.

No player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 has retained the award but Van Dijk is 5/1 to do exactly that and join a select club of players to have lifted it twice.

The Reds have kept 12 clean sheets with him at the back, more than any other team have managed, with seven of those coming in a row across December and January to affirm Van Dijk’s status as the best centre-back in the league.

2019 PFA Player of the Year Underdogs

Salah is priced at 16/1 to win PFA Player of the Year thanks to another stellar season in front of goal for the Egyptian, who also won the award in his debut season for the Reds in 2017-18.

Next in the betting is Trent Alexander-Arnold at 16/1, who came 19th in Ballon d’Or voting in December and has double figures for the second season in a row.

Aged only 21, the right-back has been an ever-present for Liverpool this season and has also contributed two goals to cement his place as one of the best attacking full-backs in the world.

Sergio Aguero looks set to hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth Premier League season in a row but is out at 80/1 with City seemingly out of the title picture.

2019 PFA Player of the Year Outsiders

Roberto Firmino re-entered the running after a three-assist performance against Southampton in February but is out at 100/1, with his primary statistics rarely telling the full story of his ability in this Liverpool team.

His team-mate Raheem Sterling has hit double figures in goals for the third campaign in a row but has struggled for consistency and can also be backed at 100/1.

Alisson is available at 100/1 after keeping 10 clean sheets heading into the winter break despite missing a host of fixtures through injury and suspension, whilst Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is 150/1 to emulate N’Golo Kante by winning the award from a defensive midfield role.

Enjoying yet another age-defying campaign is Jamie Vardy, who leads the Golden Boot race with 17 goals as of March 9 and is 150/1 as the Foxes look to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Previous PFA Player of the Year winners

Van Dijk is the most recent PFA Player of the Year award winner, making it three in the last six years that the winner has played for Liverpool.

Season Winner Club
2018-19 Virgil van Dijk Liverpool
2017-18 Mohamed Salah Liverpool
2016-17 N'Golo Kante Chelsea
2015-16 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City
2014-15 Eden Hazard Chelsea
2013-14 Luis Suarez Liverpool
2012-13 Gareth Bale Tottenham
2011-12 Robin van Persie Arsenal
2010-11 Gareth Bale Tottenham
2009-10 Wayne Rooney Manchester United
2008-09 Ryan Giggs Manchester United
2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2006-07 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2005-06 Steven Gerrard Liverpool
2004-05 John Terry Chelsea
2003-04 Thierry Henry Arsenal