We are fast approaching the conclusion of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which means that the announcement of the PFA Team of the Year is just around the corner.
It has been a fascinating season, particularly at the top of the table where there is a genuine title race. Both Liverpool and Manchester City will hope to finish as champions and it looks set to go to the wire with both looking unbeatable at the moment.
With the six nominees having now been announced for the PFA Player of the Year, is has given some insight as to which players may be set to make the team.
Paddy Power have released odds on who will make the line-up and we have taken a look at them to see what the most likely 11 could be.
David De Gea to miss out on PFA Team of the Year
Whilst different players are selected each season for the PFA Team of the Year, one thing has remained constant recently. Indeed David De Gea has been the goalkeeper in the team for the last four campaigns, but the Manchester United man looks set to miss out this time around.
Instead of the Spaniard, the bookmakers are predicting that Liverpool stopper Alisson Becker will be the man between the sticks in the team. The Brazilian has had an outstanding debut season with the Reds having signed from Roma last summer, keeping 18 clean sheets in his 35 appearances to date which is the most in the Premier League.
Paddy Power have Alisson as the odds-on favourite to be the goalkeeper included in the 2019 PFA Team of the Year, with a price of 2/7 being offered.
Defence set to be dominated by Liverpool players
In terms of the defence, the bookmakers odds indicate that it will be heavily dominated by players from Liverpool. Unsurprisingly one of the names who is as good as certain to make the team is Virgil van Dijk, who has enjoyed an outstanding campaign for the Reds.
No player has successfully dribbled past the big Dutchman in over a year, the last man who did so was the then Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino. It means that nobody has managed to do it this season, highlighting just how good he has been.
Van Dijk has also chipped in with three goals and two assists and most believe him to be a major factor for Liverpool's title challenge. He is a ridiculous 1/1000 to be in the PFA Team of the Year after already being nominated for Player of the Year.
The other two Liverpool defenders set to be included are both of their full-backs, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The duo have been vital to the cause this season both defensively and offensively.
They are by far the two most creative defenders in the division, with Robertson having racked up nine assists whilst Alexander-Arnold is just one behind on eight. The Scot looks more nailed on for a place in the Team of the Year with odds of 1/50, but Alexander-Arnold is also odds on with Paddy Power at 10/11.
The final defender who will make the team according to the odds comes fr0m Manchester City. Aymeric Laporte has been the one constant in an ever-changing City backline this season, and has had a marvellous first full season in the Premier League.
He has helped City to 14 clean sheets whilst also chipping in with a couple of goals and assists along the way too. His odds to be including in the Team of the Year are 1/12.
Two Manchester City midfielders could be included
The midfield of the team looks set to include a pair of players from Manchester City. with Bernardo Silva the most nailed on according to the odds. It has very much been a breakthrough season for the Portuguese, who has stepped up to the plate in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne who has struggled with persistent injuries.
Silva has been an ever-present in the team, playing 32 times in the Premier League in both central midfield and on the wing. The 24-year-old has scored six goals and provided seven assists, and has become a firm fans favourite at the Etihad. He is as low as 1/12 to be included in the team having also been nominated for the Player of the Year award.
Fernandinho is the other City midfielder set to be included, with the Brazilian yet again proving himself to be a vital cog in Pep Guardiola's team. Indeed when they were without him for two games over Christmas they lost to both Leicester City and Crystal Palace, which shows just how influential he is.
Very much the defensive mind in the middle of the park, he allows the creative players in Manchester City's team to push on and grab all of the headlines. The 33-year-old is 2/5 to be named in the 11.
Four forwards could be in the PFA Team of the Year
If the odds are correct then as many as four forward players will be included in the PFA Team of the Year. Raheem Sterling is almost certainly going to be included with him having already been included in the Player of the Year shortlist. The Englishman has had an incredible season, scoring 17 goals whilst also picking up nine assists. He is 1/50 to make the cut.
Alongside him looks to be teammate Sergio Aguero, who was also in the team last season. It has been another typically prolific campaign for the Argentinian who has 19 goals in 29 league appearances already making him the joint leading scorer. He too is a strong odds-on favourite to be included at 1/7.
Sadio Mane is the fifth Liverpool player set to be included after his fine season. The Senegal international has hit a career-best 18 league goals this term and is 4/7 to make the Team of the Year.
Finally, the only player who doesn't play for either Liverpool or Manchester City who will make the 11 according to the odds is Eden Hazard. The Chelsea winger has once again shone for the Blues despite them not having had the best season, scoring 16 goals and assisting 12.
His performances have been so good that he has been attracting the interest of Real Madrid, who are reportedly hoping to sign him in the summer. He has also been named as a contender for Player of the Year, and is 8/11 to be included in the team.
Predicted PFA Team of the Year 2019:
- GK: Alisson (2/7)
- DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (10/11)
- DEF: Virgil van Dijk (1/1000)
- DEF: Aymeric Laporte (1/12)
- DEF: Andy Robertson (1/50)
- MID: Fernandinho (2/5)
- MID: Bernardo Silva (1/12)
- MID: Eden Hazard (8/11)
- FWD: Raheem Sterling (1/50)
- FWD: Sergio Aguero (1/7)
- FWD: Sadio Mane (4/7)