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Koscielny Refused To Travel With The Team To US

Team spirits at the Emirates are not high. Squad’s captain Laurent Koscielny announced that he won’t join the rest of the team on a trip to the United States. Arsenal’s chiefs have already initiated a disciplinary measure against the French defender for refusing to fulfill his part of the contract and attend the pre-season tour. According to the latest news, Koscielny is desperate to force the club to allow him to join Ligue 1 team this summer. Bordeaux was one of the most interested teams in acquiring his services. The Gunner’s board is not going to let him without a fee though. There are still 12 months left in his contract tying him to London. Nothing is going to happen in this case without some concrete offer so refrain to bet on it as suggested by some leading betting predictions sites in the UK. Laurent has spent nine seasons playing for Arsenal FC and judging by his behavior, he thinks the current treatment is unfair. Arsenal’s spokesperson has expressed disappointment with the captain’s decision, hoping to resolve the issue in the upcoming days. The Gunners are going to play at least four games in their USA tour – against Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, and Real Madrid.

Lukaku Very Close To Inter Milan Move

Romelu Lukaku is ready to leave Old Trafford after a couple of unsuccessful seasons. The Belgium striker was happy to hear that Manchester United and Inter Milan are slowly closing the negotiations on the fee. Lukaku was told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there is no room for him in the starting roster for the upcoming season, so former Everton star decided to make a move. Inter Milan are most likely going to sell Mauri Iccardi to the highest bidder, so Romelu is at the top of the list of Antonio Conte’s wishes.

Lukaku was not happy under Jose Mourinho who was giving a lot more minutes and space to Marcus Rashford. Nothing changed really after Solskjaer took over the squad. Interestingly, Conte has attempted to sign this player numerous times in the past. The first try was as Juventus head manager in 2014, and then as CFC boss three years later. Belgium international has scored 42 times wearing Man Utd’s jersey in 96 appearances. He joined the Red Devils in 2017.

Aston Villa Sign Ezri Konsa

Aston Villa has announced the signing of an under-20 World Cup winner from England’s squad, Ezri Konsa. He was previously a member of Brentford, and the transfer fee for this player is set to £12 million. Interestingly, Konsa will join up with his former boss Dean Smith at Villa Park. He had one hell of a season in the Championship, so a move to a bigger club definitely doesn’t surprise anyone. Smith was thrilled with the news, adding Konsa has high potential to be a standard member of England’s main team in the near future.

This was seventh transfer for the squad from Birmingham, as they are trying to make an impactful return to the top English flight. They already signed Tyrone Mings, Jota, El Ghazi, Kortney Hause, and Matt Targett. Konsa also added he is thrilled to meet and work with John Terry.

The rest of Aston Villa’s squad is currently in the United States, working on their pre-season preparations. The first English Premier League clash is scheduled for early August. Villans will travel to London to face UEFA Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur.

Who is going to be new Newcastle United head manager?

News of Rafael Benitez leaving St James Park was not welcomed by the fans. The club decided to part ways with the Spaniard expert and lookup for some alternatives for the position of head manager. Benitez got a rich offer from the Chinese Super League, and he decided to take it.

One of the most recent links was Sam Allardyce. However, The Big Sam stated today he didn’t want to launch the negotiations process at all. The former manager of Bolton, West Ham United, and England’s national football team already was in charge of the Magpies back in 2008. That episode was a true nightmare though. The last job he had was Everton in May 2018.

Some of the other potential candidates to take this position according to the media are Mikel Arteta, Steve Bruce and surprisingly, Jose Mourinho.

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Arsenal FC – Premier League Preview

Arsenal Football Club is one of the top teams in the English Premier League established way back in 1886 as a munition workers team from Woolwich, currently known as Southeast London. In the year 1891, it became a professional team, and two years later, it joined the Football League. The club has tremendously improved to become one of the most successful football clubs in London. Currently, the club has massive followers and some of the best-paid footballers in the world. The club has a unique playing style (scintillating) admired by millions of fans which focuses more on attacking than defending.

Team Squad 2019/2020

Arsenal Football Club has some best players lead by the Spanish coach Unai Emery and a dedicated team of goalkeepers, defenders, and midfielders and forwards. The club has some of the best players in the world who have put in Stirling performance for the team lately. Team members such as Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, and the rest have placed the club in their current position.

Key Players for the club

Alexandre Lacazette is a crucial member of the club and a great striker even though he has not scored as many goals as Abumeyang. Alexandre scored seven goals and assisted four, and won a penalty against Manchester United. Also, he forced an own goal against the opponents at the Arsenals big matches. He has demonstrated teamwork where he’s built a good relationship with Abumeyang. Fans can follow up clubs latest news at live routlette at VoltCasino.com.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang is undoubtedly the leading Arsenal player with a total of 31 goals and assisted in netting seven goals. Also, he missed several big chances but made smart moves in the field. He blends quite well with any team member irrespective of the match venue. In addition, he displayed excellent performance when he scored four goals during their match against Valencia.

He pulled a surprise when he scored a total of 22 goals at the league’s games and eventually won a golden boot in his first year in the English football.

Bernd Leno

The 27-year-old German national made a name for himself and became Unai Emery favorite goalkeeper. He helped Arsenal kept nine clean sheets despite a poor performance by the defense. He displayed excellent performance during Arsenal matches against Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea. Leno will have to put up his best foot forward has Cech terms comes to an end when he retires next year.

Laurent Koscielny

The French defender suffered a little setback last May due to Achilles tendon rupture and fans wrote him off. However, a year later, he came out strongly and proved he’s not yet done putting his best foot forward. He made a total of 30 appearances in Arsenal Matches and assisted the team to keep clean sheets with his Stirling defense skills.

Conclusion

Arsenal has put up an excellent performance, and under Unai’s leadership, the club has made a big come in their matches. Dedicated team members and their play style have seen them earn millions of fans across the world.  You will get comprehensive news about the arsenal stars, their upcoming fixtures, and results.

 

Predicting Who Will Win the Women’s World Cup

With the remaining stretch of the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup ahead of us, the final is within sight and it’s time to start thinking about which teams could be crowned the winners. The results so far suggest that the Netherlands have improved their chances of reaching the finals. But the top picks from fans and critics alike are the USA, France, Germany and England who have all performed brilliantly so far and are the top predictions for a 2019 World Cup win.

USA

With odds of 7/4 to win, the defending champions have been ruthless on the pitch against their competitors, achieving 18 goals in three straight wins with none conceded. Head coach Jill Ellis has been quoted as saying that there is humility among the team and that the players have gained enough experience to know that every win has to be earned, so they won’t be relaxing until the title is theirs. Since the competition started, the US team have been in the top list of potential winners so it will be interesting to see how the games play out and whether the US squad can live up to their reputation, other teams will need help with the defence if they want to overcome this US squad, to try outlast them in a low scoring game rather than matching the firepower..

USA, France, Germany and England who have all performed brilliantly so far and are the top predictions for a 2019 World Cup win.

France

A home win for France in Lyon would be a huge triumph, particularly as a large proportion of the team are from Lyon, and with two strong World Cup wins this decade, it’s not an unfeasible aim. Les Bleues reached fourth in 2011 and the quarterfinals in 2015, but could 2019 be their year? The team have odds of 7/2 to win and have overcome some challenges so far in the competition, including an own-goal against Norway, but they’ve also been on an eight-match winning streak that they’re hoping to maintain.

Germany

2018 was Germany’s down point, after their male counterparts finished bottom in a World Cup group for the first time in their history, but 2019 could be the year to turn it around if the women’s team can succeed. Germany will be expecting to win but with an incredibly strong competition this year, there are a number of rivals that are going to put up a fight against the squad. The bookies have Germany down as 13/2 to win and despite losing their first qualifying game to Iceland, they’ve been on a great winning streak, not conceding a single goal.

England

The Lionesses have completed a 100% record in Group D, so it should be a straightforward task, but captain Steph Houghton has warned that the team know they can play better, so they’ll be pulling out all the stops to prove that as the finals draw closer. England booked their spot in the last 16 stage when they won 2-1 against their Scottish rivals in their opening Group D fixture. Phil Neville’s team have emerged as a serious contender for the victory and are backed by odds of 7/1 for this tournament and are now set to face Cameroon in the last 16.

 

How Far Can England Go in the Women’s World Cup?

Following a strong first half and a weaker second half against Scotland, England kicked off their bid for the Women’s World Cup strongly. Will they manage to make it all the way to the end? Let’s take a look at their chances.

The Scotland Match

The best indicator of how any team might fare in a world cup is how they perform in their opening match. Following their disastrous match against New Zealand beforehand, all eyes were on them when they went to play Scotland. Since it was Scotland’s first World Cup, the odds were stacked in England’s favour. You need to pay attention to these preliminary matches to see how they will best fare; especially if you are thinking of placing a bet through sites like rubybet.com. Match analysis and the statistics they provide can all help to inform you about how a game is going to go.

They played well throughout the first half, scoring two goals, but then an injury for Millie Bright and a substitution for Scotland swung things in their favour. With one goal scored, they defended firmly for the rest of the game.

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Much criticism has been launched following the first handful of matches over VAR awarded penalties. How England’s game would have played out without that first penalty goal from Nikita Parris is unknown. VAR is proving to be an unpopular addition to many football matches for the fans and we shall wait to see how it affects the other games.

Strong Team Members

The star of the England squad without a doubt is Lucy Bronze. She is frequently described as England’s best player and currently can be found with the women’s team at Lyon. Many people in the sport respect her and it is clear that she will make waves on any pitch she steps on to.

Another one to watch is first goal scorer Nikita Parrish. Following this initial strong performance, it is going to be extremely interesting to see whether or not she can keep up a similar performance in following matches. Also a player at Lyon with Bronze, it is clear that these two are going to be ones to watch no matter how far England moves throughout the competition.

Future Matches

Next up is matches against Japan and Argentina to finish off the group. With one win already under their belts, they are in a good position to continue with their groups. Rumours are that Japan is more focused on their performance in the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games than the World Cup, but they still should not be left out of the considerations.

Meanwhile, Argentina are likely to put forward a good game. England cannot afford to become complacent after just one game; there is a long way to go to both get out of their group and then advance in the competition.

All we can do is wish good luck to the players as they advance through the tournament. No matter what the outcome may be, we can be certain that they will do us proud.

 

Soccer Teams Most Likely To Win The Next Premier League

With the recently concluded Premier League with Manchester City Football Club taking the cup home, speculations for the next winners have already started. Football is always an exciting and intriguing sport that has remained relevant and has stood the test of time. Many people are involved with this sport, be it playing it themselves or betting on it and other online games such as Starburst.

Football has always been a competitive sport, and that is why we have narrowed down the list of the teams that would most likely take the championship this coming season.

Liverpool Football Club

If you are a football fan and you followed this league from the beginning, you will notice that Liverpool did put up a good fight all through the association. Their efforts did land them the second position with 97 points, which was one point shy from Man City’s 98 points. This was somewhat a tight race considering the third team had 72 points. Well, this is quite an impressive show. We believe that as long as they retain their star player, Mohamed Salah, who was also the top scorer in the season, they will win the next season. And it is for that reason that we believe that Liverpool is a very likely contender to take the cup this upcoming season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Despite finishing at position seven with 57 points, we believe that this team has a promising future in this league. One of the reasons is that they played in this league for the first time since their relegation in 2012. Additionally, this football club has shown significant improvement since their relegation. Sometimes the underdog can prove you wrong, and judging by their performance on their game with Chelsea, where they won 2-1, they just might surprise us this coming season.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur is another team that we believe might take up the championship next season. With the new signing of a superstar Harry Kane, supporters are very optimistic that this will win them the cup next season. Having finished third in the recently concluded season is another likely reason that they might just surprise us in the upcoming season. Tottenham’s game tactics are very strategic which does give them an edgy style to playing the sport. Also judging from their performance in the other leagues, the odds of them stepping up are very likely.

Manchester City Football Club

As mentioned above, Man City did take the cup home this last season. And it is for this sole reason that we believe that they might make it a second season in a row. This would not be a shock to us as it has happened before. Considering they won most of their games this season, with smart strategies, they might as well defend their honor and keep the cup.

Conclusion

Lastly, remember the above are merely suggestions as to who might take the championship next. Feel free to also give your predictions on LVBET, you never know, you might just be right.

 

How will Watford cope with being in the FA Cup Final?

This Saturday 18 May, the Watford FC manager, Javi Garcia, will lead his team who are the underdogs against the Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team. The fact that the Hornets have not been in a major cup final since 1984 will add a layer of vulnerability to the Hertfordshire team as they face a team that has won 8 major titles in the last 8 years alone.

So how will Watford cope psychologically with the prospect of potentially lifting the FA Cup trophy? One can only imagine the excitement and anticipation that the Watford players are going through as they count the days down to the Final at Wembley Stadium.

In a recent interview with Betway, sports psychologist Dan Abrahams explains, the referee’s whistle signalling the start of a career-defining game and is a feeling that any player will relish and perhaps be anxious about.

“The implications of the different atmosphere can bring performance anxiety, which can be crippling,” says Abrahams, who works on a consultancy basis for AFC Bournemouth and Swedish top-flight side Ostersunds, having previously worked with the FA, PFA, LMA and a host of Premier League and Championship clubs across his 19-year career.

Every second of the game matters in these fine margin games, it has to be a give it all mentality and focus non-stop for all the Watford players, especially against a winning team like Manchester City who can destroy you if you fail to anticipate their next move.

Abrahams adds “as the name performance anxiety suggests, players can experience psychological anxiety and physiological stress response,” he continues: “players develop tunnel vision, where they no longer see a 360-degree view of the pitch. It will make them feel lethargic and flat, so they’re slow to anticipate and are slow to make decisions.

With the 34-year-old Watford defender José Holebas now clear to play in Saturday’s FA Cup final, after his red card against West Ham was rescinded. There is no doubt Garcia will count on his maturity and experience, but there is no doubt that other physiological factors come into play, according to Abrahams “there’s an increase in bloodflow to the front part of the brain and a greater amount of oxygen-rich blood flowing around your body,”.

He adds that “players also release hormones such as testosterone and adrenaline – the building blocks of power, strength and speed – as well as dopamine – your interest chemical – and endorphins, which are your feel-good chemicals, in the appropriate amounts.

“That would result in a player being quicker to anticipate, make faster and maybe more accurate decisions. They will be quicker, stronger and more explosive. Obviously those are the kind of things you want.”

Should Watford be able to surprise everyone with a win against City this Saturday, there is no doubt that overcoming the psychological barrier will be one of their greatest feats.

Real Madrid To Sign Chelsea Star Eden Hazard After Season Ends

Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid within less than a year of leaving the club has left fans and sports betting enthusiasts really excited. Betting followers on Stakers.com never happened to miss any live matching odds provided an easy user interface and a comprehensive coverage of the statistics involved in the match-play. And a back-to-back defeats of Madrid to Barcelona was the most popular among all.

However, the return is not all glamorous for the 46-year old Zidane. Real Madrid has been really suffering after Cristiano Ronaldo left for Italian club Juventus back in July 2018.

Even though Zidane has previously led Real Madrid for 3 consecutive Champions League trophy victories, the team needs some major shakeup to get back in form for the next season.

Zidane is keen on making some quick changes to the club to gain back its form. And recent news reveals that one of his top priority motives is to bring Chelsea star Eden Hazard to the team.

Hazard joined Chelsea back in 2012 and has one more year of his contract pending with the club. However, Real Madrid is currently in extensive talks with Chelsea to release Eden Hazard as soon as the current season ends.

Even though Chelsea are expecting to receive €140 million as transfer fee for the 28-year old Hazard, no official asking price has yet been reported. However, as per Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, Hazard will break all previous transfer records of the club.

Reports also claim that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri along with others in the hierarchy is aware of Hazard leaving the club soon. The deal is expected to be made official by the end of May, as soon as Europa League ends.

Acquiring Hazard is part of Real Madrid’s plan of rebuilding the team. The club is expected to spend over 500 million euros in acquiring new players and renewing player deals.

Previously Madrid had signed 21-year old center-back Éder Militão for €50 million in March, which is the first player acquisition after Zidane’s return to the club.

If everything goes right as part of Zidane’s reformation plan for Real Madrid, Luka Jovic, Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, and Tanguy Ndombélé will also join the club.

Just as Hazard is going to make his way to Real Madrid, talks are in place with Manchester United to let go of Pogba. Even though Zidane is very much interested to take in Pogba, whom he admires a lot, the deal is expected to be quite expensive for Madrid.

Manchester United is not expected to let go off Pogba for anything less than €150 million, and to make the deal financially viable, Madrid is expecting Pogba to take a wage cut off the €18 million that he currently makes back at Old Trafford.

However, finances don’t seem a problem for Madrid as they already have about €150 million at their disposal and can make some big money through player sales as Mateo Kovacic, James Rodríguez, and Gareth Bale are marked for an exit. Moreover, an upcoming deal with Adidas, who has been a long-time kit supplier for the team, is expected to fetch in another €100 million per year.

Apart from the available funds, Madrid will also be taking a huge loan to support their spending spree. They have already taken another €575 million in order to back the development of their home stadium at Santiago Bernabéu.

The best Premier League teams to suffer relegation

With the business end of the 2018/19 Premier League season on the horizon, those teams flirting with relegation will need to up the ante and haul themselves away from the dreaded drop-zone. The financial implications of slipping down to the second tier can be catastrophic for some clubs, whereas others can re-build and come back up a stronger outfit.

Since the Premier League’s inauguration in 1992, 40 different teams have fallen through the trapdoor and although the vast majority weren’t strong enough to sustain their position, some clubs really should have avoided the cut.

Here, we take a look through some of the best Premier League sides to taste relegation.

Newcastle United 2008/09

After 16 successive seasons in the Premier League, Newcastle United were relegated to the Championship on the last day of the 2008/09 season. The Magpies made an okay start to the campaign, but things quickly went sour after manager Kevin Keegan left his role, citing backroom interference as his main gripe.

In fact, Newcastle hardly stood a chance after they swapped manager on no fewer than five occasions throughout the season. Owner Mike Ashley, who still owns the club to this day, admitted it had been a “catastrophe” for all involved but the squad was rich with talent and should not have been in such dire straits. The likes of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Fabricio Coloccini were all part of the team that season.

Leeds United 2003/04

Three years prior to Leeds United’s relegation from the Premier League, the Whites were jostling with Europe’s best and almost made it to the Champions League final. However, failure to qualify for the tournament next year had massive financial implications on the club. A whole host of talent was shipped out of West Yorkshire to help balance the books and although this worked for the next couple of years, it was third time unlucky for the Whites.

With debts nearing the £100 million mark, there was only one outcome for Leeds United and although they still boasted a squad that should be nearer mid-table, the turmoil behind the scenes proved too much. 25 players left Elland Road that summer, including: Paul Robinson, James Milner, Ian Harte, Alan Smith and Viduka.

Middlesbrough 1996/97

Arguably the most entertaining team to suffer relegation as well as being one of the best, Middlesbrough fans will never forget the 1996/97 campaign. It all started so well, with the expensive captures of Fabrizio Ravanelli, Juninho and Emerson all playing their part as Boro were fourth in mid-September.

A 2-0 defeat to Arsenal meant the Teesiders went on a 12 game winless run after their bright start, ultimately paving way for their return to England’s second tier. Things weren’t made any easier when Boro postponed a game against Blackburn Rovers, owing to a large number of players being injured or unwell. This resulted in a three point deduction which would be huge come the end of the season. To make matters worse, Boro lost in both domestic cup finals at the end of the season.

West Ham United 2002/03

Even today, the most hardened Premier League fans will still scratch their heads in disbelief as to how this West Ham United squad suffered relegation. The East Londoners had up to six current/future England players in their ranks and had maverick Paulo Di Canio to rely upon up front.

The season before saw West Ham finish seventh, but their winless run at the start of the 2002/03 campaign made it nigh-on impossible to relinquish their European aspirations. The problems worsened when manager Glenn Roeder was taken ill after a game against Middlesbrough, with Sir Trevor Brooking filling the void and almost keeping the Hammers afloat. A last-day draw to Birmingham City confined West Ham to their first relegation in ten seasons.

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Will Liverpool Win the Premier League This Year?

With the end stages of the English Premier League drawing closer, it is interesting to look at some of the teams that are at the top of the league right now. Liverpool FC have put on a relatively good performance so far but are they good enough to win the title? Here we are going to explore that, so keep reading to find out more.

Their Performance So Far

This season so far has seen some highs and lows for Liverpool FC, as they are currently at the top of the table with 82 points and 25 wins under their belt. They have only managed to lose one match as of current but they have drawn seven over the entirety of the season. This shows just how well they have been performing in comparison to the other teams in the league.

In total, they have managed to score 75 goals across the season and have only conceded 20 goals. This is due to the impressive squad that this team has on the pitch including top goalkeeper Alisson. Without their top players, Liverpool wouldn’t have got quite this far this season.

If you were to place a bet on the winner of the Premier League right now, then a good place to start would be the team that is at the top of the league table. Liverpool are currently in the top spot and so sites like sport.netbet.co.uk are offering odds based on the fact that Liverpool are very likely to win. Of course, it is not always easy since being at the top in the final stages of the competition means there is a lot of pressure to succeed.

Top Players

When considering whether Liverpool will end up taking home the title or not, it is interesting to look at the top players on the squad. One of their best players right now is goalkeeper Alisson, who has made 33 appearances and has 17 clean sheets under his belt.

One of their best players right now is goalkeeper Alisson, who has made 33 appearances and has 17 clean sheets under his belt.

The top goal scorers for Liverpool this season have been Mohamed Salah with 18 goals and Sadio Mané with 17. Other notable players on the squad include Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and James Milner.

These players have contributed to the success of Liverpool so far and plan to take them all the way to the final.

Other Contenders

Liverpool FC might be at the top of the league table right now, but there are plenty of other teams that are close behind. While Liverpool have 82 points, Manchester City are sitting in the second spot with 80 points. Next on the list are Chelsea with 66 points and Tottenham with 64 points. With more matches still to be played, it is possible that some of these teams could creep up the league table and give Liverpool a fight for the trophy at the end of the season.

Final Verdict

It is impossible to say with any certainty at this point if Liverpool FC will end up winning the Premier League this year, however, they do have a good chance of taking it home. Manchester City are close behind, but we could end up seeing these two teams in the final when it comes along. Keep an eye on the performance of this team as they might just be able to win.

Alternative Candidates for PFA Player of the Year 2019

The PFA is set to make its announcement of PFA Player of the Year in the coming days, which will undoubtedly be greeted with the usual grumbles of the award being handed out with so much of the season to run.

Regardless, of when it is handed out, the voting is usually spot on. The bookies odds for the current favourites for the gong are heavily weighted towards Manchester City and Liverpool players: Virgil Van Dijk 4/11, Raheem Sterling 7/2, Sergio Aguero 16/1 and Sadio Mane 40/1 (prices from Bet365). There are odds for a host of others, but those are the frontrunners.

However, great players can miss out on the award. Paul Scholes, for example, never got the nod from his fellow professionals, despite arguably being the most talented English player of his generation. “Paul Scholes is a role model. For me – and I really mean this – he’s the best central midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15, 20 years.” Was Xavi’s take on Scholes. “Toughest opponent” according to Zinedine Zidane.

Bernardo Silva has been a revelation at City

But what about current players who have been doing well this season? There are a few who have been going under the radar when it comes to award season. Their talent, of course, means they aren’t compete unknowns, but perhaps they deserves a little bit more recognition.

Top of that list comes the brilliant Bernardo Silva, who is regarded alongside Sterling as Man City’s best player this season. Despite being 24, Silva and Sterling are actually in the running for the Young Player of the Year. You can back Silva at 12/1 with BetVictor, a bookie covered with this guide to free bets. Sterling is the 1/6 favourite, but players might unconsciously split their vote with the main award when it comes to the England man.

Regardless, Silva is a wonderful player, about whom City fans wax lyrical. In recent weeks, as City make their push for the title, Sterling has been taking most of the headlines after his goalscoring exploits, but it is Silva who have been crowned Player of the Month for the club.

Alisson contributes to Liverpool’s mean defence

Liverpool have the best defence in the Premier League so far this season, with much of the credit going to Virgil Van Dijk. The big Dutchman’s performances have put him as favourite for POTY, but he should also thank the man behind him – Alisson Becker.

The Brazilian No. 1 has been terrific since arriving from Roma. Keepers don’t usually get the PFA gong – Peter Schmeichel famously missed out – but Alisson would be a worthy candidate. He’s in the conversation, at least, with some bookies quoting 200/1 (Sky Bet) he gets a shock win.

Son Heung-Min is adored by Spurs fans, his tenacious performances and knack of scoring important goals have seen him become a kind of cult figure in North London. He has had to lead the Spurs attack during the prolonged periods of injury to Harry Kane, and he has done so with aplomb. 12 goals in the league and five assists might not seem like headline figures for a striker, but Son is a difference-maker, as evidenced with his crucial equaliser in the Champions League against Manchester City.

A final note on some player who probably shouldn’t be in the running for the POTY, but nevertheless have been having excellent seasons for their clubs. They include: Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has been quietly brilliant at Everton, Luka Milivojevic, whose goals have led Crystal Palace to safety, and Alexandre Lacazette, who has really found his feet at Arsenal.

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