PFA Player of the Year 2014: Favourites, Last-Minute Odds and Predictions

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2014

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Luis Suarez after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez is the clear favourite to win this year's PFA Player of the Year award, which will be awarded at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London on Sunday.

The Liverpool striker heads a strong field which also includes his teammates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge as well as Manchester City's Yaya Toure, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Adam Lallana of Southampton.

If the Uruguayan is given the award, it will signify a remarkable turnaround for the player who was heavily criticised after he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic almost exactly a year ago, and given a 10-match ban, per BBC Sport.

Read on for a look at the nominees as well as the latest odds for who will claim the award.

2014 PFA Player of the Year Latest Odds
Luis SuarezLiverpool1/16
Steven GerrardLiverpool14/1
Yaya ToureManchester City25/1
Daniel SturridgeLiverpool33/1
Eden HazardChelsea33/1
Adam LallanaSouthampton40/1
*odds correct as of 12:30 p.m. BST on April 26

Suarez is the hot favourite after a phenomenal season which has seen him bag 30 goals in 30 Premier League appearances, per Squawka

He has been the driving force behind the Reds' phenomenal season which sees them just three games away from a first top-flight title since 1990.

For many, he is the only choice for the award despite the strong competition, including Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker:

He was pipped to the prestigious award last season by Tottenham's Gareth Bale, per BBC Sport

Among the others in the list is Suarez's strike partner, Sturridge, who has also made a phenomenal contribution this season, scoring 20 goals in 26 appearances, per Squawka.

As Kopsource's Dominic Campbell notes, Liverpool's strike duo are in with a real chance of creating history come the end of the season:

The former Chelsea man has really come into his own this season, and his form will be a real boon for Roy Hodgson and England going into this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The third Liverpool player on the list is veteran Gerrard, who has been phenomenal in 2014, as shown by the below Opta stat, and whose passion and drive have been essential for the Reds.

Not so long ago there were many questioning whether his presence in the Liverpool midfield was a positive, but the 33-year-old has categorically proved his doubters wrong.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on April 6, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

He could spring a surprise and win the award, as there are many who would feel inclined to vote for Gerrard in recognition of his career achievements as well as his performances this season.

Outside of Liverpool, Toure has been the standout player from the rest of the league with sustained brilliance throughout the season. 

The Ivorian has 18 goals and five assists in the Premier League, per, and has been central to City's title challenge this season.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are still in with a chance of winning the title as they sit six points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, and the positive news regarding Toure's recent injury will provide a major boost.

In many other seasons, Toure would be favourite for the award, but Suarez's excellence means the 30-year-old will likely go home empty-handed on Sunday. 

Hazard was a front-runner for the award for much of the season, as he almost single-handedly won games for Chelsea early on in the term.

He has 14 goals from 33 appearances this season, per Squawka, but only two, both from the penalty spot, in Chelsea's last 10 games, per BBC Sport.

This drop-off in form has seen him fall out of the race somewhat, as Suarez has continued to impress going into the end of the season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Adam Lallana of Southampton scores his team's second goal past Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on March 23, 2014 in London,
Clive Rose/Getty Images

The outsider is Lallana, who will not take the award home but whose nomination is appropriate recognition for the Englishman's excellent season.

His nine goals and six assists, per, have been key for Southampton, and he has been the star of the show for eighth-placed Saints in their terrific term.  

Despite the quality of the field, there is no looking past Suarez for this award, and the bookies certainly seem to agree.

His outrageously short odds are a recognition of his stunning season, and the other nominees are merely there to make up the numbers as the Uruguayan will be the winner on Sunday. 


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