Raheem Sterling is having a remarkable year.
He has just completed a stellar year for Premier League champions Manchester City and even started scoring goals for England, winning over the notoriously hostile English tabloid press in the process.
Added to that, Sterling has received plaudits for his anti-racism campaigning and philanthropy. Finally, there are now reports that he will captain England during this weekend’s Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.
An impressive year, by any standards; one which could yet be capped by winning the Sports Personality of the Year award in December. William Hill have the Manchester City and England forward the new favourite at 3/1 to receive Britain’s most prestigious sporting award.
Joshua on the Mat
Unfortunately, not every British sportsman is having such a good 2019. Following his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr this weekend, former favourite Anthony Joshua has fallen steeply in the rankings. According to William Hill, the British heavyweight star is now 50/1 to win the award, odds equal to those offered for out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones and Tottenham right back Kieran Trippier.
Joshua intends to fight a rematch with Ruiz later this year, though even a convincing win would not be enough to completely win back the public’s affections. Only a win over Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder, unlikely before 2020 at the earliest, could put him back at the top.