Who’s Looking Strong in the Sport’s Personality of the Year Betting Odds?
December 10, 2018
December. The time of year Christmas trees adorn households, the mince pies go in the oven but, more importantly, the Sports Personality of the Year betting odds start hotting up.
2018, as always, has been a year filled with sporting action, yet this year for the first time in a long time, there is no real overwhelming favourite.
Over the last five years, tennis has been the dominant sport of Sports Personality of the Year, with Andy Murray having claimed the award a record three time, but with the former Wimbledon having been sidelined throughout almost the entirety of 2018, he won’t be in contention this year..
Instead, there are new sporting heroes that have emerged amongst the Sports Personality of the Year betting odds.
Looking to find out who are considered the favourites for the award? Don’t worry, we have you covered!
It’s Coming Home for the Captain?
Cast your minds back to summer. The sun was blazing, beer gardens were packed, and England were embarking upon their greatest World Cup journey since 1990. It was a footballing summer that the modern generation of England fans will never forget. Rightly so, every single representative of the English shirt in Russia was lauded as a hero. They may not have won the trophy, but their performances won over the crowd at home, who finally became attached to their national team again.
At the focal point of the side was, of course, the country’s captain and new golden boy – Harry Kane. Kane registered six goals at the tournament, becoming only the second English player to win a World Cup Golden Boot, after Gary Lineker in 1986. The Englishman’s prolific form at the World Cup is certainly the influential factory behind why he finds himself as the outright favourite amongst the Sports Personality of the Year betting odds.
Amongst his six goals, were the last-minute winner in England’s opening group fixture against Tunisia, and his emphatic hat-trick during the rampant 6-1 win over Panama. Having also scored during the penalty shoot-out against Colombia, Kane was the clinical figure in Gareth Southgate’s team. He simply stepped onto the field with the belief that he would find the back of the net.
After his 31 goal-scoring 14/15 season at White Hart Lane, many were quick to label the youth player as a ‘one-season wonder.’ Fast forward four years and Kane currently stands as not only the best striker in the Premier League, but in Europe. His performances at the World Cup were undoubtedly the highlight of his relatively short career so far and we expect some footballing votes to flood in for the national captain ahead of this weekend.
Geraint Thomas Looking to Cross the Line Again
Despite the crazy growth of social media and, with it, the increasing popularity of certain events, the world of cycling is still yet to break in with mainstream sporting fans. However, there are certain cycling occasions that never fail to generate high volumes of interest with the public. The focal event that springs to mind has to be the Tour de France, which was won, this year, by Geraint Thomas.
Winning the event for the first time was an iconic milestone in his 15-year career and it’s the reason why the Welshman finds himself near the top end of the Sports Personality of the Year betting odds. It was certainly an unforgettable moment for the cyclist, who was not even considered amongst the favourites for the race itself!
Now, just half a year later, Thomas has a great chance in becoming the first Welshman since Ryan Giggs (in 2009) to win the Sports Personality of the Year award. If so, 2018 will undoubtedly be the highlight of the cyclist’s career and his loyal home crowd will be backing him to cross the finish line yet again.
Hamilton the History Maker
Five is the new magic number for Lewis Hamilton. The F1 driver experienced another record-breaking year in his sport, winning the Championship for the fifth time in his career. Hamilton did not only win the Championship, he blitzed the whole competition. With an equal career best of eleven race wins in a single season, the 33-year-old from Stevenage finished the year on top of the rankings by a huge 88 points.
Since winning his first Sports Personality of the Year award, back in 2014, it has only been upwards and onwards for the English driver. With three titles over the last four years, Hamilton has asserted himself in having legendary status in the sport, as he is one of the most successful Formula One drivers of all time. 2018 was simply another year in helping cement this status into the F1 history books. The other drivers could only sit and watch,as Hamilton and his Mercedes team conquered the rankings once again.
As the third outright favourite amongst the Sports Personality of the Year odds, the Englishman will be hoping to zoom on through and add yet another trophy to his cabinet. Unlike most races, Hamilton does not currently find himself at the front of the pack, but his underdog label may be one for punters to watch.
Tyson Fury – The Comeback of all Comebacks?
A controversial figure to some, but a figure who’s hard not to admire, 2018 was certainly the year where Tyson Fury established himself as ‘some sort’ of a national treasure.
After nearly three years out of the ring, boxing fans rejoiced in seeing the ‘Gypsy King’ step back into the sport last June, beating the Albanian Sefer Seferi in the fourth round on his return. His second fight of the year was similarly routine, beating Francesco Pianeta on points in Northern Ireland. The two fights subsequently set up the Heavyweight clash between himself and Deontay Wilder last December – a clash that will live long in the memory..
It was a true clash of styles with Wilder swinging erratically in search of the knockout win whilst Fury adopted a more patient approach, aiming to outbox the American. And outbox him he did, as Fury put on an exceptional performance displaying the beautiful movement and counter jabs that we’d become so accustomed to seeing from the Manchester man working to perfection.
However, despite the dominant display, Wilder caught Fury with a humongous right then left, sending the Gypsy King crashing onto the canvas in the final round. Fury looked down and out but somehow he found his feet in time. Nobody watching the fight could believe it. The replays of the hit seemed to get harder with every viewing. But Fury managed to get off the canvas and show the world exactly what he is made of.
Despite the fight ending in a draw,everybody watching the fight knows what the true outcome should have been.After dedicating the result to those suffering from mental health issues and reportedly donating his prize winnings to charity, members of the general public now see Fury in a different light. His loyal following has now expanded, and the Englishman has been given an outside chance in the Sports Personality of the Year betting odds.
A Year to Celebrate and Remember
Regardless of who goes home with the illustrious award, the longlist of contenders and, more specifically, the tight odds between each individual, is a testament to Great Britain’s continued sporting success.
We’ve had cycling heroics, World Cup dreams nearly becoming a reality, another F1 Championship title, and a brutal boxing away day. Each of the aforementioned names deserves a position on the Sports Personality of the Year list of contenders, but who will be the eventual winner?
The award is taking place on Sunday the 16th of December. Harry Kane is the current favourite, but his lack of trophies opens the door for a few other sporting stars.
Here’s where you can find all the bookmakers offering Sports Personality betting odds
As an experienced sports writer, Josh has been published across various different platforms, writing about his beloved club Manchester United and other footballing topics. He also covers a range of other sports, specialising in UFC and Formula One.