Rashford and Hamilton Vie for Sports Personality Award

By Martin Green23 November 2020
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Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton Vie for Sports Personality of the Year

Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton are locked in a battle to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Bookmakers installed Hamilton as the odds-on favourite after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship titles last weekend.

Last month he overtook Schumacher for the most Grand Prix victories when he seized the chequered flag for a 92nd time. He has now gone on to get the better of teammate Valtteri Bottas to win yet another F1 title. He is best priced at 8/11 with Betfred to win the Sports Personality of the Year award.

However, Man Utd striker Rashford could still end up clinching the award. It has been a reasonably successful year on the pitch for Rashford, who recent put PSG to the sword and then banged in a hat-trick against RB Leipzig. However, his greatest contribution has come off the pitch.

Rashford’s campaign pressured the British government to continue giving children school meals during the holidays, and he has emerged as a heroic defender of the disenfranchised and the powerless. He recently started a reading club for children, edging him closer towards saintly status.

Rashford is now as low as 17/10 with some bookies, but William Hill still has a market leading 9/4 on him winning it. Tyson Fury is next at 10/1 after destroying Deontay Wilder back in February, while snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan is 14/1 with Bet365.

Odds Slashed on Grealish Winning PFA Player of the Year

The odds on Jack Grealish being named PFA Player of the Year have been cut drastically after the Aston Villa delivered a string of impressive performances. Grealish was a 100/1 underdog at the start of the season, but he has already scored four goals and provided five assists in eight games. That has helped Aston Villa enjoy a strong start to the season.

Grealish has also established himself as a key player in the England team, and he was the star of the show during the recent international break. Some bookies have now cut him into just 10/1 to win the PFA award, but Bet365 is still offering 33/1.

Man City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne remains the narrow favourite to win the award that he clinched last term. However, the 6/1 on offer at William Hill for England captain Harry Kane looks really tempting. Some bookmakers now make Kane the 7/2 favourite after he made an astonishing start to the new season.

Kane laid on a sumptuous assist for Giovani Lo Celso in Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Man City on Saturday. That result carried Spurs to the top of the Premier League table. Kane now has seven goals and nine assists from nine appearances, and he is thriving in a slightly deeper role.

Calvert-Lewin Favourite for Young Player Award

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains the 7/2 favourite with William Hill to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Last year’s winner, Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, has drifted out to 9/1 after suffering an injury.

Calvert-Lewin has scored eight goals in eight games for Everton so far this season. He looks a lot more dangerous after adapting his game to become more predatory in the box, under the tutelage of Duncan Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti, and that has also seen him break into the England team.

Rashford is the second favourite at 13/2. That could largely be down to his Champions League exploits, as he has not been particularly prolific in the Premier League. Phil Foden is now 8/1. He scored twice in England’s 4-0 midweek victory over Iceland, and he has occasionally dazzled for Man City, but he needs to put in more eye-catching performances to clinch the award. Yet it is a long old season, and there is still plenty of time for him to shine, so 8/1 on such a prodigiously talented star looks like great value.