Sports Personality of The Year is one of the industry’s leading events. It celebrates Britain’s very best in every aspect of the sport. Betting on the awards has been an increasingly popular activity with a crossover of sports fans enter mainstream TV schedules. Last year’s winner was Andy Murray but he will not be in contention for this year’s edition.
There appear to be three main contenders for this year’s crown. First is the monster Anthony Joshua who became Heavyweight Champion of the world this year. Last year saw Tyson Fury in the same position but Joshua is undeniably more popular. While Fury shot himself in the foot, Joshua has set himself on a rocket shop to stardom. You can’t find him at better than 4/9 with bookmakers at the moment.
One of the biggest movers is Chris Froome. There is an argument that Froome is one of the greatest athletes from this country of all time but there are so many reasons why he might not be the most popular. What is undeniable is that he has done something that no one has ever done before in one of the hardest sports in the world. This has been seen in his odds for SPOTY. He was at 33/1 after his fourth Tour de France but since the miraculous Vuelta a Espana result it is down to 7/1 with Coral. He certainly deserves it this year but this is a personality test and he is somewhat lacking that department.
Formula 1 has always been popular in SPOTY and if Hamilton is on course for yet another Drivers Championship then he could repeat his win from 2014. He has twice been runner-up showing that he might not be as popular as probably he hopes. With his odds at 14/1 currently with Betfred this could tumble should he win his fourth Championship.
Honourable mentions should go to Mo Farah and Jermain Defoe who also both sit at 14/1 but with both coming to a crossroads in their career these odds will likely widen the closer the awards show arrives. If you do like these two we think you should hold off on any bet until the winnings increase.
The BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards takes place on the 17th December and includes lots more categories including Unsung Hero of the Year.