Recent years have seen the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award won by cyclists and athletes. Could that change in 2019 with a World Cup winner taking home the trophy?
It seems that in the past decade, all you have to do is win the Tour de France and not be named Chris Froome to win this award. 2018 saw Geraint Thomas follow that pattern but this year there are World Cup tournaments in both cricket and rugby union .
Morgan to Triumph?
England have never won the Cricket World Cup but that may well change in 2019. They don’t just host the tournament but are also the world’ s number one ranked team. This has to be seen as their best ever chance of lifting the trophy unless one of those traditional England batting collapses rears its ugly head.
There are several contenders in the England team that could lift the Sports Personality award. Captain Eoin Morgan is 16/1 (17.0) at SkyBet to win the award. He’s almost certain to pass 7,000 runs in one-day internationals at some point this year. Lifting the World Cup and a few match-winning innings may well win him the award.
Double Chance for Root
Joe Root has to be a major contender as he has the bonus of being the England Test captain. He’s returned to form with a century in the Third Test and if he was to win the World Cup and then regain the Ashes, it’ll be a massive year for him. He’s 14/1 (15.0) at Paddy Power to win the award.
Farrell to Win?
England’s rugby union had a few problems in 2018 but have made a fantastic start to the new year. Big Six Nations wins over Ireland and France have seen them turn the situation around. It’s all very promising with the World Cup being held in October/November. An England World Cup win just a month before the awards would be handy. Owen Farrell is 10/1 (11.0) at Paddy Power to become the first rugby union player since 2003 to win this award and that followed a World Cup win!