Hazard leads tight race for Playmaker award

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is leading the charge in the tight race for the Cadbury Premier League Playmaker of the Season award.

The prize is given to the player who has produced the most assists during the course of the season and Hazard, with 10, is in poll position.

The Belgian began to edge away from the pack in December after setting up both goals in the 2-0 win that ended City’s 21-match unbeaten run.

But over recent weeks Man City duo Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have moved to within only one of the Chelsea No 10, who has not recorded an assist for four matches.

Sane will be particularly eager to add to his haul, having narrowly missed out on last season’s inaugural award to club-mate Kevin De Bruyne, who pipped him with a stoppage-time assist in the final match of 2017/18 to move on to 16 assists for the campaign.

Hazard, however, can take heart from the fact that Chelsea have currently played one match fewer than the champions.

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