Raheem Sterling had something of a field-day when banging-in three of England’s five goals against the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday evening and he added another in the 5-1 demolition of Montenegro in their second outing of the campaign on Monday. This prompted a betting frenzy on the forward and since kick-off in Podgorica last night, a reported 84% of all bets have been aimed towards the 24-year-old being awarded Sports Personality of the Year.
This has promoted the bookmakers to slash the odds on him winning the coveted award from 33/1 to 16/1 with Paddy Power Bookmakers, a lower price than the likes of Jos Buttler, Alun Wyn Jones, Katrina Johnson-Thompson, Rory McIlroy and Harry Kane.
Sterling was on the receiving end of racist abuse from the Montenegro fans on Monday evening and it’s a fact that the forward has received a massive amount of targeted abuse over the past year or so, both from media and fans alike. Nevertheless his performances in both of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers will long be remembered by the Three Lions faithful and the possibility that he will become the first footballer since Ryan Giggs in 2009 to win the Sports Personality award remains a very high one.
Sports Personality of the Year Award Winner – Paddy Power Odds
8/1 – Anthony Joshua
8/1 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
8/1 – Tyson Fury
9/1 – Lewis Hamilton
10/1 – Dina Asher-Smith
14/1 – Rory Best
14/1 – Joe Root
16/1 – Owen Farrell