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Sports Personality of the Year 2019: Money on ‘Stokes to clinch honour’ after sensational year

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Sports Personality of the Year returns this month, with the 2019 winner to be announced on Sunday 15th.

Scottish city Aberdeen will host the awards ceremony for the first time at the new 10,000-capacity P&J Live arena.

Along with the SPOTY award, there are several other categories including Greatest Sporting Moment and World Sport Star of the Year. Also on the list is the Helen Rollason award, the Young SPOTY and Team of the Year. 

And completing the night of honours is the Unsung Hero, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year awards, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award.

But undoubtedly at the top of that long list is the main award, where six nominees will battle it out for the top prize of SPOTY.

And Ben Stokes is the current favourite to secure the honour in 2019 at 1/7. The England cricketer has had an astonishing year, helping his country lift the World Cup in July. Stokes played a key role throughout the tournament, including a starring performance in the dramatic Super Over final win over New Zealand.

He’s followed by Dina Asher-Smith at 10/1. The sprinter broke her own British records to win silver in the 100m and gold in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships. The 23-year-old then helped Team GB and NI secure silver in the 4x100m in Qatar.

Footballer Raheem Sterling is available at 20/1 to win the award.

And rugby player Alun Wyn Jones is currently 22/1 to clinch the honour. 

Sterling was highly commended for his behaviour surrounding racial abuse in football throughout the year. The 24-year-old also helped Manchester City win a second-successive English Premier League title. Sterling was also crucial to the England national team in qualifying for next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

Wales rugby captain Jones was named as the best player of the 2019 Six Nations as his country clinched their Grand Slam victory. The lock forward then went on to become Wales’ most-capped player in their 2019 Rugby World Cup meeting with Australia.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is currently 22/1 to win SPOTY 2019, with heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson currently 50/1.

South African rugby captain Siya Kolisi is favourite to win the World Sport Star of the Year award at 4/6. He’s followed by women’s footballer Megan Rapinoe at 5/1.

Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge is currently 6/1, with Tiger woods currently 8/1. Gymnast Simone Biles and cricketer Steve Smith complete the overseas list at 10/1 and 14/1 respectively.

2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas won the award last time out. And it was England Netball who won the Team of the Year. 

England manager Gareth Southgate clinched the Coach of the Year award last time out. And Italian golfer Francesco Molinari was named the World Sport Star of the Year.

I'm a Sports Journalism graduate, currently working as a freelance journalist. I currently work for SKY as a freelance sub editor, while I am a graduate of the FISU Young Reporters Programme at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. I'm a Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, can follow me on Twitter or view my linkdin biography here or contact me via my email .

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