Ben Stokes has been odds-on to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 since the summer, but now that the nominations have been announced, he’s almost a shoo-in. In this article, Peter Watton from matched betting experts OddsMonkey shares his insight into the likelihood of Stokes winning the award.
Running since 1954, BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) is one of the most prestigious awards shows in the industry and the winners are considered icons of British sport. So, regarding a certain 28-year-old cricketer from Cockermouth, could this be Ben Stokes’ year to join the list of winners? Below, I’ll be taking you through the odds and predictions for the outcome of this year’s Sports Personality of the Year event.
Why Ben Stokes?
Ben Stokes has had an incredible year, most notably for helping secure England’s victory at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He was named ‘Man of the Match’ for the very first game of the tournament and again after the nail-biting final.
Then, in the last match of the 2019 Ashes, his performance managed to claw England back up from certain defeat to a well-deserved draw as he hit an unbeaten 135 in the third Test at Headingley. This allowed England to chase down a target of 359 – their biggest run chase in history. And, with fellow cricketers Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff both winning Sports Personality of the Year after impressive Ashes performances in 1981 and 2005 respectively, it seems Ben Stokes may be on the right track to winning the award himself.
What are the odds?
- Ben Stokes 1/5
- Dina Asher-Smith 8/1
- Raheem Sterling 18/1
- Alun Wyn Jones 18/1
- Lewis Hamilton 222/1
- Katarina Johnson-Thompson 50/1
At odds of 1/5, Ben Stokes has the best chance of winning 2019 BBC Sport Personality of the Year, which means that a £10 bet on him could win you £11.60. The second most popular bet is Dina Asher Smith at odds of 8/1, who could win you £90 for the same stake.
Other nominees include Alun Wyn Jones, Wales’ rugby union captain who this year led his team all the way to a Six Nations Grand Slam, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, and Man City star Raheem Sterling.
Last year the award went to Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas, who beat top dogs Lewis Hamilton (who has been nominated again this year) and Harry Kane in their respective sports. Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah was named Sports Personality of the Year in 2017, and before that in 2016 Andy Murray became the first person to receive the award three times. So, if Ben Stokes does win, he’ll be in good company.
How can I vote?
The winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year is determined by public vote which won’t open until the live awards show on Sunday 15th December. When it does, you can submit yours by phone or on the BBC website.
This guide should help you figure out who to place your bets on winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019. Ben Stokes is still favourite to win after his performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes, but anything can happen when it goes to public vote. Good luck!