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2019 was always likely to produce a cricketing hero. Trouble is his name was Steve Smith and Australia still hold the Ashes. However, England did win the World Cup (well virtually the Commonwealth title) and Ben Stokes followed his heroics there with some big-hitting performances in the Ashes series. Will that lead to him being voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2019?
There are less than three months to go until the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year is named. Already though it appears that the winner is going to be Ben Stokes. He’s available at 1/8 (1.12) at SkyBet to win the award after his performances in the World Cup and Ashes series. It’s a major change in fortune after the court problems he was facing this time last year.
Stokes played a match-winning innings in the World Cup final but he wasn’t finished there. He hit two centuries in the Ashes series against Australia including the one that won England the third test at Headingley. Ok he could and should have been out a fair few times but it’s clear to see why he is favourite for this award. If he does win though, surely Steve Smith has to win the overseas personality of the year gong?
There’s still time for the betting to change though. If one of the home nations were to win the Rugby World Cup, then a new hero could be born and totally change the odds. Owen Farrell is 25/1 (26.0) at SkyBet to win the award and only 8/1 (9.0) in the ‘Without Ben Stokes’ market.
Dina Asher-Smith is a strong contender to win gold at the World Athletics Championships. Success there would put her in contention for this award, though that market that doesn’t include Stokes might be the best bet and she’s currently 11/2 (6.5) at Skybet to follow in the footsteps of cyclist Geraint Thomas (pictured below).
Lewis Hamilton is still the favourite to win another F1 world title but has yet to win this award. He’s 12/1 (13.0) at Paddy Power to finally win but it’s not looking likely. Raheem Sterling is 14/1 (15.0) at the same bookmakers but could have done with England winning the Nations League.
Anthony Joshua is an interesting outsider to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. He’s currently 100/1 (101.0) at SkyBet to win and 33/1 (34.0) at Betfair in the without Ben Stokes market. Just days before this award is given out, he faces Andy Ruiz Jr as he bids to regain his world heavyweight titles. A win is bound to see the current odds crashing faster than Ruiz to the canvas.
Judd Trump was a popular winner of the World Snooker Championship in May. He’s had success since but is 150/1 (151.0) at Paddy Power to win. Ronnie O’Sullivan who lost in the first round is only 100/1 (101.0) with the same bookmakers. Neither will pot this title.
A cricketer hasn’t won this award since Freddie Flintoff in 2005. Cyclists have had great success in recent years but our lack of success at the Tour de France this year rules that sport out. Same goes for Andy Murray who has won three times. Then again, what if Great Britain won the Davis Cup in November? He’s 500/1 (501.0) at SkyBet to again be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
It’s looking like Ben Stokes is going to win this award. There’s still a few important tournaments to take place between now and mid-December. Anthony Joshua is 50/1 (51.0) at SkyBet in their ‘without Ben Stokes’ market and that looks good value if he gets those titles back just eight days before this award ceremony.