The BBC have confirmed their plans to continue with the Sports Personality of the Year award, albeit a stripped-back version, in 2020. And we can reveal that Marcus Rashford is not only the favourite in the market but also is most popular with bettors, who have placed more than double the number of bets on him than anyone else.
In fact, Rashford was slashed in from 150/1 in mid-April, to 20/1 in June, before tumbling into 6/4 in early July following his work around child poverty. Tyson Fury, despite being third in the betting behind Lewis Hamilton, accounts for the second largest number of bets, having fallen from as large as 25/1 in December 2019.
While Ronnie O’Sullivan, who opened the betting at 33/1, plummeted to as short as 7/2 after notching his sixth world snooker title but has drifted a little recently. And though Liverpool title-winning captain Jordan Henderson fell to as short as 5/1 in early April, his price is now as large as 25/1 despite more bets being placed on him than on Ronnie.
The BBC have said the SPOTY show must go on in December, albeit without a live audience and in a slightly adapted format. What hasn’t changed, though, is how much our punters believe this year’s award is Marcus Rashford’s to lose – he’s unbelievably popular when it comes to the betting.
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