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PFA Player of the Year Odds: Virgil van Dijk cut from 50/1 to 10/1

After his Player of the Match performance in the EFL Cup final, Virgil van Dijk has been cut from 50/1 to 10/1 to win the PFA Player of the Year.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “Virgil van Dijk joined the elite pair of John Terry and Vincent Kompany when winning the EFL Cup Final Player of the Match award for a second time and he's been well backed from 50/1 into 10/1 since Sunday to be the first defender in history to win the PFA Player of the Year award twice.”

PFA Player of the Year

Van Dijk became the sixth defender since the award was first given out in 1974 after Norman Hunter, Colin Todd, Gary Pallister, Paul McGrath and John Terry to be named PFA Player of the Year after so nearly guiding Liverpool to the title in 2019. In the Dutchman’s first full year at Anfield, Liverpool conceded the fewest goals, kept the most clean sheets and racked up a mammoth 97 points, only to fall one short of Manchester City.

The season ended on a high note, however, with Liverpool lifting the Champions League trophy in May with the Reds winning a first Premier League in 2020.

Van Dijk would suffered a season-ending – and potentially career-threatening – cruciate ligament injury in the Merseyside derby the following campaign as Liverpool’s title defence failed to materialise, but the 32-year-old has been back to his best this term, with Liverpool again mounting a title challenge.

It’s rare we get so far into the season without a standout contender for PFA Player of the Year, but that’s where we are this season, with Rodri the current favourite at 7/4.

The Spaniard is long established as the world’s best holding midfielder – and it feels slightly harsh pigeonholing him as such these days – but has become an increasingly prominent member of Manchester City’s squad. Indeed, Rodri has missed three league games this season – all through suspension – and City have lost all three.

He’s also found himself amongst the goals more this term, netting 0.27 goals/90, the best return of his career.

Of course, he still has a couple of team-mates to contend with, with Erling Haaland (11/2) and Kevin De Bruyne (12/1). De Bruyne in particular has stolen the headlines since his return from injury, remarkably registering an assist every 55 minutes, although his fitness is still being carefully managed, and the two-time winner could do with more game-time quickly to establish himself as one of the favourites.

Declan Rice is the current second favourite at 4/1 and as impressive as Bukayo Saka (8/1) has been with his 20 goal contributions (fourth in the league), it’s the former West Ham man who’s been the most impressive player for Mikel Arteta’s side this year, and if Arsenal are to maintain a title challenge in the final months of the season, Rice’s form will be crucial.

 

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