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PFA Player of the Year: Van Persie & Bale go head-to-head

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The PFA Player of the Year award will be handed out on Sunday night.

Let us examine the six-player shortlist - and also list them based on their chances of winning the trophy.

Eden Hazard | Chelsea

A somewhat surprise addition to the list. Many expected Michu to be on the list, but Hazard does have nine assists to his name in addition to the nine goals he has scored. The former Lille star had started the season brightly before fading away.

Chances: The least likely to win the award as he was just not good enough. 

Michael Carrick | Manchester United

He is a vital cog in the Manchester United midfield and the only player in the list who is not an attacking player. Sitting just in front of the defence, his ability to control the tempo of the game has helped United to hold on to some nervy victories.

Never getting the credit for his contributions in the midfield, this season has seen him being thrust into the spotlight with his performances. With 88% pass accuracy and playing six accurate long balls per game, he has had an exceptional season.

Chances: Pretty unlikely as holding midfielders rarely win the award.

Juan Mata | Chelsea

Ever since Mata started playing in the Premier League, no player has amassed more assists than the little Spaniard. He leads the assists charts with 12 to his name, in addition to the 10 goals he has scored.

Chelsea's hope of finishing in the top four and also winning the Europa League depends on the form and fitness of Mata.

Chances: He's had a good season but not a great one, so unlikely to win the award.

Luis Suarez | Liverpool

The feisty South American is the Premier League's second top scorer this season with 23 goals, but a 10-match ban has ended his hopes of overtaking Robin van Persie and winning the Golden Boot.

Though it is admirable what he has achieved in this average Liverpool side, his attitude and the biting incident all affect his chances of winning the award.

Chances: Suarez has had a brilliant season but his misdemeanours might hurt his chances.

Gareth Bale | Tottenham

Gareth Bale is having a phenomenal season at White Hart Lane. For a player who does not play as a striker to score 18 goals and have four assists at this stage is nothing short of phenomenal.

Tottenham's chances of clinging on to a Champions League spot rest heavily on his shoulders. With Real Madrid apparently wanting him, this might be his last season in the Premier League, but he might as well take the Player of the Year award with him.

Chances: Very likely to win the award; he's also in red-hot form now.

Robin van Persie | Manchester United

The winner of last season's Player of the Year award is a leading contender for this year's award, too. His 24 goals and eight assists so far have helped Manchester United to the title. Earlier in the season Roberto Mancini claimed that Van Persie was the difference in the title race. With Manchester United winning the title with such an ease he's poised to win the Golden Boot and the Player of the Year title.

Chances: Most likely to win the award after a superb debut season at Old Trafford.

Who do you think should win the award?

 

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