PFA Player of the Year Nominations and Latest Betting Odds

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The Premier League PFA Player of the Year shortlist has been announced and it is Tottenham’s Gareth Bale who is overwhelming favourite to take the prestigious award.

The six nominations were announced today and the shortlist has raised a few eyebrows. Tottenham’s Bale is joined by Manchester United frontman Robin Van Persie, his teammate Michael Carrick, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

In the betting Bale is the 1/6 favourite, Van Persie a best price 8/1, Suarez as big as 10/1 and the other three are seen as no hopers. Juan Mata is 80/1 and Hazard and Carrick are both as big as 100/1.

Van Persie was the strong favourite for most of the season but his campaign has somewhat tailed off following a dry spell of no goal in ten matches before recently coming back into some kind of goal scoring form. Luis Suarez is probably too controversial to win the award despite his undoubted talent and ability on the pitch.

That leaves Gareth Bale of the realistic contenders and what a season the Tottenham man has had. Before his injury in the Europa League he was getting better and better, week after week and was proving to be unstoppable to every defence he faced. His pace and direct attacking threat coupled with his eye for a goal makes him the ideal forward and strikes fear into defenders.

Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard are also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award along with Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere.

Bale looks to have the PFA Player of the Year award in the bag given the short betting odds he is quoted and in truth the Welshman will be a worthy winner after his terrific goals haul before his injury.

It is looking a distinct possibility that Bale will also pick up the Young Player of the Year award to make it a memorable season on the whole. His main competitor in that award is Aston Villa’s Christian Benkete who has had an explosive first season at Villa and his goals look set to save his side from relegation to the Championship.

The football season is coming to a close but there are still plenty of betting opportunities available at William Hill including the remainder of the football season and horse racing including Royal Ascot, the Derby and Glorious Goodwood.

So it looks as though Gareth Bale will be picking up both of the PFA Awards this season, but would he swap them for a Champions League place for Tottenham? Probably.

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