BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Preview | 17th December 2017
BBC Sports Personality Of The Year – 17th December 2017
THE BBC Sports Personality Of The Year means that Christmas is just around the corner and this year’s annual shindig takes place on Sunday 17th December from Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
Andy Murray is not shortlisted to win it this year for an unprecedented fourth time after a 2017 blighted by injuries and that has led 188BET to already hand the famous trophy to heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua.
Joshua a strong favourite
Joshua is a very short price 1/5 favourite to become the fifth boxer to win SPOTY. The 28 year-old shot to the top of the betting lists after his remarkable stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in April and since that famous night at Wembley Stadium he’s successfully defended his WBA and IBF crown against Carlos Takam.
There is no doubt that the Watford based fighter has the sporting achievement of the year with the win against Klitschko and in the 12 person shortlist of potential winners he has the brightest personality, but that doesn’t usually count in this event.
Since the format was changed to a public vote the favourites have fared a lot better in recent years, but the nations favourite Frank Bruno was a similar priced favourite when he was famously turned over at odds-on against triple jumper Jonathan Edwards in 1995 and Darren Clarke was the hottest favourite of all-time in 2006 only to lose out to Zara Phillips and that would be a major concern if taking the short odds.
Joshua, is the face of “Sky TV” and that is another reason why the Beeb maybe shy to give him the award. Nowadays though if the award winner was reliant on what the BBC had in live sport then we would be giving it to a England ladies football player or a BDO darts player.
The second favourite is Lewis Hamilton who won his fourth Formula One World title in 2017 making him Britain’s most successful driver of all-time. Motor Racing drivers have a great history picking up this award, they’ve triumphed on no less than seven occasions, with Hamilton winning it in 2014.
The problem is, Hamilton is a Marmite figure in his own sport with most petrol heads divided on Hamilton as a bloke. His arrogance this year, even for the 32 year-old’s standards, have been at an all-time high and I couldn’t touch him at 11/2 despite his achievements on the track. I’d much rather back him to flop with the public and finish out of the top three placings all together.
Chris Froome had an incredible 2017 winning the Tour de France for a fourth time, picking up two bronze medals in the World Championships and he became the first Brit to win the Vuelta a Espana.
Froome is the quiet man of the cycling world and despite Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish all winning this market in recent years Froome has only managed to finish sixth twice in 2013 and 2015. I believe his achievements this year see him as the most likely threat to AJ and a small play at 10/1 with 188BET is in order.
Kane to cause a shock?
The only other small bet that I would recommend is a tiny play on Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane at 40/1. Kane has the likeability factor and he certainly does his talking on the pitch. The 24 year-old had a year to remember winning the Premier League Golden Boot for a second successive year after netting 29 goals and he was the main scoring threat that saw England qualify for the World Cup in convincing style.
Kane was also named the England skipper and was the only English player to be nominated for Ballon d’Or award and of all the leading contenders Tottenham and football will have the biggest following. If Spurs’ supporters get behind him, he may well pull of a major shock.
Nigel Seeley’s SPOTY Picks
Chris Froome to win BBC Sports Personality Of The Year (10/1)
Harry Kane to win BBC Sports Personality Of The Year (40/1)