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Premier League: Player of the Year Odds

Riyad Mahrez Jamie Vardy Harry Kane Dimitri Payet Ngolo Kante Mesut Ozil

The shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year was announced earlier this week and it is dominated by members of one club in particular.

Leicester City, they of the storybook season and improbable run to a Premier League title, features three players on the list of six and deservedly so as the Foxes have captured the imagination of Premier League fans world wide with the way they’ve played this season.

Here is a look at the six nominees for the Premier League’s version of the MVP award and their odds courtesy of online shop Bet365.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) -250

Mahrez is the bookies’ favorite to win the award as he comes in at -250 on the odds board at online shop Bet365. Mahrez leads the Foxes with 11 assists and is second on the team with 16 goals and has terrorized the opposition all season long with a dynamic left foot and a silky tough that has left many defenders in his wake.

Mahrez doesn’t have the goal tally of a Jamie Vardy or Harry Kane, but his combination of goalscoring and his eye for a pass and assist makes him such a threat with the ball at his more-than-able feet.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester) +240

Speaking of Vardy, the man who was purchased from small Fleetwood Town in 2012 has exploded on the Premier League stage with a a scorching goal tally and his become an icon at the club.

The Englishman has scored 21 goals and has a solid chance of finishing the season as the league’s top goalscorer; a feather in the Vardy’s cap during a season that includes an improbable title run and international debut for England.

Harry Kane (Tottenham) +1600

If Vardy doesn’t finish the season as the league’s top scorer, the man who will will be Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

The local lad’s slow start had many experts crying “one-season wonder!” before he went on a goal-scoring tear, quieting those who doubted him.

Kane has been integral to Tottenham’s brilliant season as he has recorded 22 goals (through 33 games) to lead the goal scoring race and help lead Spurs to a second-place spot with five games remaining.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham) +2500

While all the attention has been on Leicester City atop the table, many forget that West Ham has spent the campaign flirting with a Champions League spot. The reason for that is largely Dimitri Payet.

The French maestro has been a highlight reel of goals, assists, free kicks and everything else in between turning the Boleyn Ground into his own personal performance stage.

Payet has scored nine goals, recorded eight assists and helped turn the Hammers into a top-five threat and a club that nobody in the league overlooks.

N’golo Kante (Leicester) +4000

Even though the Foxes boast great attacking play courtesy Mahrez and Vardy, you still can’t win the league without a lynchpin in the center of the park. That player in Leicester is N’golo Kante.

Kante came to Leicester from French club Caen for the paltry sum of £5.6 million but has played like a midfielder that would fetch 10 times that.

Diminutive in stature, Kante is an interception machine as he currently leads the league with 134 and has been the calming force in the middle of the pitch and the perfect bridge between the back line and the aforementioned forwards.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) +6600

The left-footed German has been basically the John Stockton of the Premier League this season as he’s dished out a league-high 18 assists; seven more than the next closest player.

Though Arsenal’s season has been much maligned from its passionate fan base, the club is still a Champions League perennial and was flirting with the title for the majority of the season.

Ozil has been the best player on one of the best sides in the league and is deserving of the nomination.

PFA Player of the Year Odds

Odds as of April 14 at Bet365

  • Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) -250
  • Jamie Vardy (Leicester) +240
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham) +1600
  • Dimitri Payet (West Ham) +2500
  • N'golo Kante (Leicester) +4000
  • Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) +6600

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