Hazard hot favourite for PFA award

CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri insists Eden Hazard can fulfil all of his footballing dreams at Chelsea, including winning the Ballon d’Or, but this season he may have to settle for being voted the Premier League’s finest.

Hazard, 7-4 favourite to be named the PFA Player of the Year with Hills, has been the standout player in England this term and the supposed Real Madrid target will be aiming to further enhance his reputation when Chelsea host Manchester United on Saturday.

Sarri said: ‘Eden is a fantastic player. It will be very important if he will remain with us.

“I think he can win everything without playing in Spain. He can win the Ballon d’Or here, because for example if Chelsea win the Champions League, and Belgium national team win the European Championships, he can win everything."

Hazard is 50-1 with Paddy Power to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, while bet365 rate the 27-year-old 5-1 to take the honour before the end of 2020.

A January switch to Real Madrid is an unlikely 12-1 with Sky Bet and one reason for Hazard to stick around at Stamford Bridge is the potenial to claim a Premier League Golden Boot award.

Seven-goal Hazard leads the way by two from more usual suspects Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane and can be backed at 6-1 with Betfair to be the Premier League’s top marksman.

Hazard’s excellent form has helped Chelsea to make an unbeaten start to life under Sarri and the Blues are 66-1 to go through the Premier League campaign unbeaten with bet365. Manchester City and Liverpool are 12-1 and 28-1 respectively.

United have already suffered three Premier League defeats and as a consequence find themselves out to 100-1 to win the title and 7-2 just to finish in the top four.

Jose Mourinho is much shorter – a 13-8 shot at best and odds-on in places – to be the first top-flight manager to leave his current position and Betway rate the Portuguese 16-1 to be sent to the stands on his return to the Bridge.

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N Ireland v Austria

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  • Both teams have scored in only one of Austria's last ten internationals
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There is nothing to play for in this contest with Northern Ireland already relegated from the Nations League group and Austria stuck in the middle of the three-team table which has been won by Bosnia. Northern Ireland have not scored in three matches and Austria have one goal in their last four outings so a tight game looks the obvious call.

 

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