England cricketer is expected to win Sports Personality of the Year while Kelvin Fletcher is being backed to win Strictly. But Ian Wright is on the drift in the Jungle, says Max Liu...
"Six nominees were announced on Tuesday morning and they are: Stokes 1.222/9, Dina Asher Smith 13.012/1, Lewis Hamilton 32.031/1, Alun Wyn Jones 20.019/1, Raheem Sterling 22.021/1 and Katrina Johnson Thompson 75.074/1."
Ben Stokes is the hot favourite with Exchange bettors to win Sports Personality of the Year when the award is announced on 15 December.
Six nominees were revealed on Tuesday morning and they are: Stokes 1.222/9, Dina Asher Smith 13.012/1, Lewis Hamilton 32.031/1, Alun Wyn Jones 20.019/1, Raheem Sterling 22.021/1 and Katrina Johnson Thompson 75.074/1.
Asher Smith became the first British woman to win a major global sprint title while Hamilton won the Formula 1 world championship for the sixth time in 2019, so it's been an excellent year for British sport.
But it's Stokes, who played a key role in England winning the ICC Cricket World Cup, and performed heroically in the Ashes series, who bettors are convinced will win the honour. He's so heavily backed that the winner without Stokes market is the more interesting betting event, with Asher Smith 2.466/4 favourite ahead of Welsh rugby legend Jones 3.613/5.
Ian Wright's odds drift in I'm A Celebrity market
A week ago Ian Wright was the favourite to win I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Now the ex-Arsenal striker is out to 15.014/1 in the winner market, as he struggles to get to grips with life in the jungle.
Where's it all gone wrong for Wright? He was involved in an argument that involved several contestants on Sunday night. Wright clashed with Andrew Maxwell, although the pair eventually hugged and made up.
The market is volatile, with contestants winning and losing support with each day, and the current favourite is Jacqueline Jossa 3.8514/5, followed by Andrew Whyment 4.77/2 and Roman Kemp 5.39/2.
Bettors reckon Maxwell 2.526/4 is the likeliest to leave the jungle first, although it's not impossible that Wright could be in contention at 10.519/2.
Fletcher still the Strictly favourite
Kelvin Fletcher continues to be the man to beat on Strictly. The ex-Emmerdale actor has been the jolly ever since wowing the judges in week one and, with every passing week, his post to post victory looks more nailed on.
Fletcher is 1.42/5 to take the Glitter Ball after he and partner Oti Mabuse topped the leaderboard again at the weekend with a score of 39. His nearest rival in the betting, Karim Zeroual 7.87/1 survived a Sunday dance off against Saffron Barker who left the show.