2018 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Betting (SPOTY)

Boxing Anthony Joshua

It’s all to play for in the Sports Personality of the Year Betting Tips

Up until 2017 six of the last seven odds-on shots had won the BBC’s ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ award (SPOTY).  The only exception was 2014 when Rory McIlroy, who was only the marginal favourite ahead of Lewis Hamilton, was touched off. Read on for some Sports Personality of the Year betting tips and stats…

So, as a betting medium, the Sports Personality of the Year award looked a straightforward way of making money. That was until December 17th 2017 when superstar boxer Anthony Joshua was knocked out at odds of 1/8!  Remarkably he didn’t even make the SPOTY frame despite Betfair traders queuing up to back him for a ‘podium’ finish at odds of 1.01.

Despite this reversal Joshua is once again favourite for the accolade in 2018.  If you think the voting public will find some love for the world champion, head to Paddy Power who will give you Sports Personality betting odds of 5/2.

Snooker time – Can Ronnie do the double? 

But this is a big sporting year and if you are a Ronnie O’Sullivan fan, the time to back the snooker player for the SPOTY accolade is now.  10/1 is currently available (with Betway) about the popular multiple world champion and if he lands the on-going ‘big one’ for a sixth time at the start of May, you can rest assured that price will have vanished faster than a red ball sitting over a pocket.

O’Sullivan surely needs to win the World Championship, otherwise a nomination for the SPOTY short-list is unlikely.  But if he does, such is his following, ‘The Rocket’ will surely go close to becoming the first snooker player to hold the SPOTY trophy aloft since Steve Davis 30 years ago.

Can Harry ‘Kane’ the bookies?

Should you fancy a genuine candidate from another sport, time is less pressing.  Topping the sporting bill is the World Cup which gets underway on June 14. The big candidate here is Harry Kane, England’s leading scorer in World Cup qualifying campaign.

A football winner pops up every seven years or so – Paul Gascoigne, Michael Owen, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs most recently – and should Kane score a few goals in Russia and England get a bit of a run in the competition, Coral’s 10/1 will look like a penalty kick.

Lewis’ 20/1 if you have imagination

Runner-up in 2007 and 2008, Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton finally won the SPOTY award in 2014 when taking his third World Driver’s Championship.  He’s currently in a battel with Sebastian Vettel for the 2018 title and if it runs until the wire it could capture the public’s imagination and votes. The 2018 F1 season concludes on November 25, so the timing could be excellent for him.

Also ran Andy?

Another candidate occupying one of the top-six places in the SPOTY betting odds list is Andy Murray.

 He looks an enormous price at Betfred’s 20/1 when you consider the Scotsman has won this award three times since 2013, a year where he attracted over 50 percent of the public vote.

Mad Lizzy

Lizzy Yarnold will probably need all of the above not to win or perform with some meaningful credit during 2018 in their respective sporting fields for her to prevail.  By vote night her heroics at the Winter Olympics will have ten months old. Nevertheless she certainly can win and if you believe she will, head to Coral and take their industry best 16/1.


BBC Sports Personality of the Year results with vote percentages:

YEAR WINNER (% of vote) Runner-Up Third
2017 Mo Farah 15% (83.534 votes) Jonathan Rea 14% Jonnie Peacock 13%
2016 Andy Murray 33% (247,419) Alistair Brownlee 16% Nick Skelton 15%
2015 Andy Murray 36% (361,446) Kevin Sinfield 27% Jessica Ennis 8%
2014 Lewis Hamilton 34% (209,920) Rory McIlroy 20% Jo Pavey 16%
2013 Andy Murray 56% (401,470) Leigh Halfpenny 9% AP McCoy 8%
2012 Bradley Wiggins 30% (492,064) Jessica Ennis 22.9% Andy Murray 14%
2011 Mark Cavendish 49% (169,152) Darren Clarke 12% Mo Farah 8%
2010 AP McCoy 42% (293,152) Phil Taylor 10% Jessica Ennis 9%

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