BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 back in Salford - who is bookies’ favourite to win?

MediaCityUK will be the venue for the popular contest honouring the favourite sports person of the year - with one sporting hero already taking the lead among the bookmakers’ favourites.

MediaCityUK will host BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 Credit: Shutterstock

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year will return to the BBC studios at MediaCity on 19 December 2021, it has been confirmed.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present the 68th awards in front of a studio audience, and the show will go out live on BBC One.

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The show will celebrate 12 months of sporting action, fromthe Olympics and Paralympics to Emma Raducanu’s historic US Open triumph, England’s run to the Euros final and Chelsea winning the Champions League.

“With sporting events getting back to some normality and our teams and athletes achieving great things, this year has been one of the most memorable for many reasons,” said BBC director of sport, Barbara Slater.

“The awards ceremony in Salford will have a lot to reflect on and it’s something the whole BBC Sport team are looking forward to delivering.”

Nominations for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award are open until midnight on Sunday, 17 October. To nominate your unsung hero, click here.

Who is current favourite to win?

Tennis hero Emma Raducanu is already ahead of the pack when it comes to bookmakers’ odds.

Emma Raducanu Credit: Getty Images

The star is at 1/16, according to OddsChecker.com and Betfred. However, she looks set to miss attending in person as it clashes with a tennis event in Abu Dhabi, it has been reported.

Diver Tom Daley is on at 8/1 with Bet365 and previous winner and Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton at 33/1 there - the same odds as swimmer Adam Peaty.