PFA Awards 2018: Viewing Info, Odds and Predictions for Top Nominees

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IApril 21, 2018

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Liverpool, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on April 10, 2018.
Liverpool won the match 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 2018 PFA Awards take place on Sunday at Grosvenor House in London with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah expected to win after a stunning season at Anfield.

The Egyptian has enjoyed a prolific campaign and is joined by Manchester City stars Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva in the running. The PFA showed the nominees in full:

The shortlist for the Young Player of the Year makes for interesting reading with Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon competing against Sane, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Ederson:

The PFA has already announced its Team of the Year:

             

When: Sunday, April 22

Time: 9:30 p.m. BST

Live Stream: PFA's Live Twitter Stream

          

Player of the Year Odds

Mohamed Salah, 1-8

Kevin De Bruyne, 9-2

Harry Kane, 40-1

David Silva, 50-1

David De Gea, 80-1

Leroy Sane, 80-1

Sergio Aguero, not available.

          

Young Player of the Year

Raheem Sterling, 13-18

Leroy Sane, evens

Ryan Sessegnon, 16-1

Harry Kane, 25-1

Marcus Rashford, 50-1

Odds courtesy of Oddschecker

            

PFA Predictions

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay
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Salah has banged in the goals all season for Liverpool, and it's no surprise to see he is the hot favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

The Egyptian has shown brilliant dribbling ability, pace and finishing to top the Premier League's goalscoring charts ahead of Kane. 

Tom Adams at Eurosport said his goalscoring ability is on a par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo:

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush said he has the potential to become as good as the star duo, per Indy Football:

The 25-year-old has already ensured he will look the part on Sunday night, per CNN Sport:

Salah has been sensational since arriving from Roma in June 2017. He has become part of a fearsome front line along with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane that packs power, pace and is full of goals.

Salah has also contributed plenty of assists and is head and shoulders ahead of his attacking rivals, per Sky Sports Statto:

It's difficult to understate Salah's contribution to this season, and he has maintained his consistency right throughout the campaign, another reason why he would be a deserved winner.

Salah's biggest rival for the prize is De Bruyne who has helped inspire Manchester City to the Premier League title but has seen his form drop off in recent weeks.

The Belgian scores, creates and is an outstanding playmaker in a team that has romped to the league title playing attractive, attacking football. The Belgian is outstanding in possession, blessed with incredible vision and is Pep Guardiola's general on the pitch, per Goal's Sam Lee:

De Bruyne has already said that Salah deserves to win the award and that he voted for the Liverpool man, per BT Sport (h/t Goal's Harry Sherlock).

The Young Player of the Year looks to be a straight fight between Manchester City's Sterling and Sane. Sterling has enjoyed the best goalscoring season of his career and has developed into a more dangerous player under Guardiola. 

James Gheerbrant at The Times showed just how effective he has become:

Sane has enjoyed a strong second season in English football and has blossomed into a more complete forward. The Germany international is lightning quick, can beat defenders at will and has contributed an impressive nine goals and 12 assists in the Premier League.

Sterling and Sane have become key players for City already and, with both men only in their early 20s, could go on to dominate the Premier League for many years to come.

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