Sports Personality of the Year 2018 Odds13/12/2018
Sporting greats such as Bobby Moore, Steve Redgrave, Tony McCoy and Mo Farah have lifted the famous Sports Personality of the Year trophy, and there are some strong contenders in this year’s awards.
England reached the last four of the World Cup in Russia, while Lewis Hamilton made it five Formula One titles, and Geraint Thomas became the first Welshmen to win the Tour de France.
We’ve taken a look at the top of the betting and made a case for the favourites as well as a few outside picks.
Here we go…
Betfred SPOTY Odds: 11/8
2018 will be a summer that nobody will forget in a hurry, amazing weather and bitter-sweet World Cup success was a reality that we as a nation didn’t dare to dream.
Our Three Lions roared all the way through to the semi-finals and, although every single player to represent our nation our in Russia returned home a hero, one man in particular set the tournament alight.
That man is Harry Kane.
The current favourite in the SPOTY 2018 odds, Kane spearheaded an England attack that allowed a fanbase to dream of the ultimate prize for the first time in a generation.
Six goals in six appearances led to the Tottenham star claiming the Golden Boot, which has since been spotted taking pride of place at the top of his Christmas Tree.
Not convinced of the England captain’s chances of ending the year with yet another award?
Consider this. There is a clear correlation between the Three Lion’s previous success on the biggest stage and the SPOTY winner.
The one and only time that we have lifted the World Cup was in 1966, as Sir Alf Ramsey led the hosts to Wembley glory.
Our captain that year? Bobby Moore. The winner of the Sports Personality of the Year? The same man. Who else?
52 years later and we’re still waiting to add to our one and only World Cup triumph, and only once in that time have we come as close as we did this summer.
That year was 1990. A Paul Gascoigne inspired England improved with each game and were desperately unlucky not to progress beyond a resilient German outfit in the last four.
Knowing that a yellow card would rule him out of a potential final through suspension, ‘Gazza’s tears’ gripped the nation as the loveable Geordie refused to play on the safe side and was booked in the first half of extra time.
The only Englishman to be named in the team of the tournament? Paul Gascoigne. The winner of the 1990 SPOTY award? Yep, you guessed it. Paul Gascoigne.
If history is to repeat itself, it would take a brave man to bet against Kane on Sunday evening.
Betfred SPOTY Odds: 11/4
It’s been a remarkable year for Cardiff-born Geraint Thomas. MBE.
He kicked off his cycling season by scooping the prize for the prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné in early June. However, that was just a warm-up for the main event.
On the July 29th, 2018, Thomas won the Tour de France, becoming the first Welshman ever to do so.
In fact, he was only the third British rider ever to triumph in the biggest event in cycling. The other two being Sir Bradley Wiggins and Thomas’ Team Sky teammate, Chris Froome.
To recognise the enormity of Thomas’ achievement, Cardiff turned its City Hall ‘as yellow as his jersey’.
If that wasn’t enough, he then clinched victory in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen, in the Netherlands, a mere 48 hours later!
Now, he’s second favourite with the bookies to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year.
Were he to win, the 32-year-old would become the first Welshman to scoop the trophy since Ryan Giggs in 2009.
Outside of cycling, Thomas is an active supporter of charities including Shelter and Age UK and even runs his own wedding venue in Chepstow with his wife Sara.
He has already won the 2018 Wales Sports Personality of the Year, his second time picking up the trophy, following his 2014 win.
But can he beat England’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane to glory? We’ll soon find out.
Betfred SPOTY Odds: 6/1
He may have already won the award back in 2014, but Lewis Hamilton has to be in with a real chance of lifting the SPOTY trophy for a second time after a record-breaking season.
In becoming just the third driver in the history of Formula One to win five world titles, Hamilton has now matched the number of wins that Juan Manuel Fangio managed.
Perhaps even more incredibly, given his comparatively short time in the sport, the 33-year old is now just two titles behind the legendary Michael Schumacher.
He’s come a long way since achieving a podium finish in his debut race back in 2007, and who is to say that Hamilton isn’t going to add to his number of titles.
For whatever reason, the Mercedes man doesn’t appear to be the most popular of British sport stars.
Could that work against him in the SPOTY running? Time will tell.
One thing is for sure, should Hamilton go on to equal or even better Schumacher’s seven titles, he must go down as the greatest sportsman that our nation has ever known.
The fact that he has much left to achieve in the sport shouldn’t detract from the remarkable record-breaking season that he has just enjoyed.
Bet against Hamilton at your own peril.
Betfred SPOTY Odds: 10/1
As far as personalities go, few are bigger than that of Tyson Fury.
The larger-than-life boxer’s story is an incredible one, and the way in which he returned to the pinnacle of the sport towards the back of 2018 cannot be understated.
His bid to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year may be boosted by the fact that his epic battle with Deontay Wilder took place just a matter of weeks ago and will be fresh in the memory of those voting.
The Los Angeles bout was a fight of the year contender on its own merit, but the part in which Fury played becomes even more incredible when you consider the journey that he has been on.
Beating the legendary Wladimir Klitschko to unify the heavyweight division in November of 2015 should have seen the Gypsy King go on to dominate, but it did quite the opposite.
He was stripped of his titles and spiralled into a state of depression and substance abuse and, amid fears for his life, was never expected to step into a professional ring again.
Making his comeback with just two warm-up fights in the summer, the 30-year old challenged Wilder for his WBC heavyweight title in a bout that most thought he had taken much too soon.
Dominating the vast majority of the rounds, Fury survived a 9th round knockdown to head into the 12th and final session seemingly comfortably clear on the scorecards.
What happened next will go down in boxing history.
The destructive Wilder caught Fury with a sweet two-punch combination that sent him crashing to the canvas.
On the flat of his back and still out cold at the count of six, Fury did the unthinkable and rose to his feet to not only recover, but to dominate the remainder of the round.
Controversially scored as a draw, Fury is a champion in the eyes of many, and would be a deserving SPOTY winner.
Betfred SPOTY Odds: 16/1
Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith shot to the top of the SPOTY odds following a brilliant summer which brought home a triple gold win from the European Championships. She aced the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
The only female in the top seven favourites to win the special award, will she manage to bag this one for the girls? Having won four gold medals in total this year, and now holding British records in both the 100m and 200m sprint, she must be in a strong position to take on the competition.
Her performances recently have been out of this world, bringing success after success. The UK Athletics performance director claimed that she gave the best display by a British track competitor in a generation at the European Championships this year. The level of determination and drive she has is incredible, and clearly pays off.
Dina is a strong contender to win this one. She most certainly deserves it after the great year she has had, and what she has done for British athletics. She came from nowhere in the SPOTY 2018 odds but is now up against Kane, Hamilton, Thomas and co.
We wouldn’t be so quick to write her off.
Betfred SPOTY Odds: 40/1
If batting in Test cricket is about scoring runs, then there has quite simply been no better batsman for England than Alastair Cook. Affectionately known as ‘the Chef’, he has notched up a record 12,472 runs in his sparkling Test career that spanned over a decade from March 2006 until September this year. He also lays claims to the greatest number of Test centuries (33) for England and is one of the few players to hit a hundred in both his first and last Test match.
Add to the mix the most Test appearances, most consecutive career matches and even the most matches as captain, and you have an icon of not just English cricket, but English sport on your hands. Yes, he had his ups and downs, but the phrase ‘form is temporary, and class is permanent’ has never rung truer than in the case of AN Cook.
His final knock of 147 against India at the Oval this summer is arguably the sporting moment of the year, which is why his fine career for England could well be capped off with his name being etched on the side of this year’s Sports Personality of the Year award.
Who are you backing for glory in the most eagerly anticipated awards ceremony of the year? Have your say with Betfred.
*All odds accurate at the time of writing.*Back