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Hazard protects lead from Fraser for Playmaker award

11 May 2019
Eden Hazard

Chelsea midfielder has one more assist than his AFC Bournemouth rival as he heads to Leicester

There is all to play for in the battle for the 2018/19 Playmaker Award, with only one assist separating the top two players ahead of Sunday's final round of fixtures.

Eden Hazard and Ryan Fraser were level before last weekend's matches, having set up 13 goals each this season.

After Fraser added to his tally with the corner from which Nathan Ake scored the late winner for AFC Bournemouth against Tottenham Hotspur, Hazard responded by laying on two of the goals in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday.

Another comeback?

Hazard will be aiming to unlock Leicester City's defence and become the second winner to receive the Playmaker award, presented by Cadbury, the official snack partner of the Premier League.

He has more assists than any other player in the top five European leagues this season.

But, in a week of comebacks, Fraser will bid to battle back away to Crystal Palace

The inaugural prize was claimed last season by Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.

Playmaker of the Year rivals
Player Assists Opponents
Eden Hazard (CHE) 15 LEI (A)
Ryan Fraser (BOU) 14 CRY (A)
Christian Eriksen (TOT) 12 EVE (H)
Andrew Robertson (LIV) 11 WOL (H)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) 11 WOL (H)

See: About the Playmaker award

Also in this series

Part 1: Salah in pole position to retain Golden Boot
Part 2: Alisson and Ederson level in battle for Golden Glove

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