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The local favourites in the betting for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020

Published: 21st September 2020 12:26

Despite a disrupted sporting season, there are a number of strong contenders to succeed Ben Stokes as this year’s BBC Sport Personality of the Year. Sporting excellence has been apparent, from high-octane Formula 1 to strategic snooker - we take a look at the favourites in the betting odds for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.


Tyson Fury

Fury crowned his stunning comeback story by knocking out Deontay Wilder in February to regain the title of world heavyweight champion. The Manchester-born fighter, he has represented both Britain and Ireland, and become the first man to defeat Wilder and end his five-year reign as the holder of the WBC title. 

The momentous victory reflected the climax of a journey which saw Tyson Fury battle back from a prolonged hiatus from the sport which included huge weight gain related to struggles with mental health and addiction. Fury represents a powerful comeback story and, as such, it is no surprise that he stands as the 15/8 favourite in the odds for sports personality of the year betting.

Indeed, taking the personality element of the award in a literal sense, Fury has magnetic charisma which makes him box office gold in interviews. His six-foot-nine-inches frame gives him a larger than life presence which he allies to a strong sense of humour and fun. The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ would be an enormously popular winner.

Marcus Rashford

Another Mancunian, the young Manchester United striker enjoyed a solid season in the Premier League which ended with a total of 17 goals. It is work off the pitch, however, which has elevated him to 3/1 in the odds for sports personality of the year. Rashford has been widely praised for his work in successfully pressuring the government to provide vouchers for free school meals over the summer period.

His charitable work has been celebrated across the nation regardless of club biases; the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester presented him with a special recognition award for ‘outstanding activity and contribution to the community.’ It would be no surprise if his efforts are further recognised with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

A snooker player hasn’t won the prestigious award since Steve Davis in 1988, but Ronnie O’Sullivan has a chance of ending that barren run after claiming his sixth world title. The enigmatic potter claimed his first world title since 2013 and at the age of 44 became the oldest winner since Ray Reardon in 1978.

The Essex cueman has always had an erratic personality with numerous controversies down the years establishing him as the ‘bad boy of the baize.’ Beyond that, however, O’Sullivan is widely regarded as the game’s greatest ever player and being named sports personality of the year, at odds of 7/2, would be a fitting reward for his enormous contributions to the sport.

There are several other worthy candidates this year, including Lewis Hamilton, Jordan Henderson and James Anderson, however, these three appear to be the most likely winners of the award. All three have engrossing stories of struggle allied with their successes and would therefore all represent very appropriate and popular winners.

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