Sports Personality of the Year 2017 - SPOTY Tips and Betting

Sports Personality of the Year or SPOTY as it’s affectionately known was first awarded in 1954. Sir Chris Chataway won the trophy, beating Sir Roger Bannister into second place!

In this Blog, we will be looking to see who will win lift trophy this year and if there are any other bets on the night to look at.

SPOTY 2017 Betting without Anthony Joshua

  • Lewis Hamilton 1.53

  • Harry Kane 6.5

  • Jonathan Rea 7

  • Mo Farah 10

  • Chris Froome 13

  • Adam Peaty 29

  • Jonnie Peacock 41

  • Anya Shrubsole 41

  • Johanna Konta 67

  • Elise Christie 101

  • Bianca Walkden 101

  • All prices with bookmakers Paddy Power.

    It’s hard to see past favourite Anthony Joshua who has taken heavyweight boxing by storm in 2017, the Bookies agree and the betting above is without him.

    SPOTY 2017 WINNER - MO FARAH

    SPOTY Runner Up - Jonathan Rea

    SPOTY Third Place - Jonnie Peacock

    Harry Kane could really put himself in the box seat here for a top three place with Spurs having three home games and a vital away game at Manchester City just before the trophy gets awarded. If he continues to bang in the goals, he might just do it.

    My other pick Jonnie Peacock may look like a real long shot, but if you look a little closer, he could be the surprise of the night. You vote on the 17th December for your winner either by phone or via your BBC online account. With Peacock recently being on our screens on Strictly Come Dancing, those viewers would already have the right credentials. He should also get a mention in the Final Strictly which is aired 16th December, so he will be fresh in people’s minds. Big chance of a top three place!


    Harry Kane to be in the SPOTY Top 3 @ 3.5 with Paddy Power

    Jonnie Peacock to be in the SPOTY Top 3 @ 13 with Paddy Power - THIRD PLACE!

    It was lovely to see Bradley Lowery being named the winner of the Helen Rollason Award.

    2017 SPOTY SHORTLIST

    • Anthony Joshua

    • 28 year old Anthony Joshua turned professional in 2013 after winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics. Since then he’s gone from strength to strength and is currently the unified Heavyweight Champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam this year. At time of writing, Joshua is the odds on favourite and will lift the SPOTY trophy so there’s no real bet there.

    • Lewis Hamilton

    • 32 year old Lewis Hamilton won the F1 title this year, the third time in four years (which makes four in total). He’s made 72 pole positions, 38 fastest laps and has won 62 Formula 1 races. He’s come a long way since starting his karting career in 1993 and has already won SPOTY once before in 2014. I don’t think he will beat Joshua, but he’s odds on to be runner up for the third time. No real bet here either.

    • Chris Froome

    • 32 year old Chris Froome rides for Team Sky and won the Tour de France for the fourth time this year. His titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 included 7 general classification stage wins. He also won bronze medals in the 2012 & 2016 Olympics. Fellow cyclists Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins have both won the title and he’s been previously nominated, but I can’t see this being Froome’s year once again. The result of an adverse drugs test means he's gone out in the betting.

    • Sir Mo Farah

    • 34 year old Sir Mo Farah has been a double gold medal winner in the last two Olympics in the 5000 & 10,000 metres (the first athlete in 40 years to do so). He also has won 9 World Championship medals and 17 European medals in distance running. He as was knighted in this year’s honours list, but with his best position being third in 2011 despite being nominated for SPOTY numerous times, I don’t think he will get a mention.

    • Adam Peaty

    • 22 year old Adam Peaty is the swimmer who specialises in the breaststroke. He won a gold and silver in the 2016 Olympics and has 9 World Championship, 10 European and 3 Commonwealth Games medals. His most recent medals came in the 2017 World Championships in Budapest where he won two gold and a silver medal. He’s been nominated for the SPOTY award for the last three years, but I’m not sure he has the fan base to be in the top three.

    • Anya Shrubsole

    • 25 year old Anya Shrubsole was part of the England women’s cricket team that lifted the 2017 ICC World Cup. She was voted player of the game in the final taking 6 for 46 against India in 9.4 overs. She made her test debut in 2013 and plays her domestic cricket for Somerset women. If Shursole was to win the SPOTY title, she would be the first woman to do so since Zara Phillips in 2006. I’m a big fan, but sadly there looks to be more deserving candidates this year.

    • Harry Kane

    • 24 year old Harry Kane plays football for Tottenham Hotspur and England. He was the PF Young Player of the Year for the 2014/15 season and has been the Premier League top scorer for the past two seasons. He was awarded Premier League Player of the Month for the fifth time in September scoring 13 goals in 10 games in all competitions. If he was to win, he would follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and Ryan Giggs who both won the title in 2001 and 2009 respectively. Kane’s best chance is top 3 and you can get him at @ 3.5 with Paddy Power.

    • Elise Christie

    • Elise Christie is the 27 year old short track Speed Skater. She bounced back from being eliminated in her events in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 to go onto be the first British skater to win two medals in the World Championship in 2015 and win gold in the 500, 1000 and 15000m in the European Championships in 2016. Not well enough known to get anywhere near the top 3 I would think.

    • Johanna Konta

    • 26 year old Johanna Konta turned professional in 2008 and is currently ranked no 9 in the World in ladies singles Tennis. She has won three Women’s Tennis Association titles and was the first woman since Virginian Wade to reach Wimbledon singles semi finals. Her latest title came in April when she beat Caroline Wozniaki to win the Miami Open. Another who will struggle for votes I fear.

    • Jonnie Peacock

    • Jonnie Peacock is the 24 year old Paralympian who's a double gold medal winning World and European Champion in the 100 metres. Peacock’s profile has been high lately after appearing in Strictly Come Dancing, so he’s fresh in people’s minds. Strictly is also a BBC 1 programme so those voters will already have an ID and account to vote for free. Although no paralympian has won the award, he’s decent price for a speculative punt to be in the top 3 @ 13 with Paddy Power.

    • Jonathan Rea

    • Jonathan Rea is the 30 year old Superbike Rider for Kawasaki. This year he won the Superbike World Championship for the third time in a row, which is a record and is also closing in on Carl Fogarty’s all time record of 59 wins. He was also named an MBE earlier this year and is Gabby Logan’s tip to do well, but does he have the public support?

    • Bianca Walkden

    • 26 year old Bianca Walkden is the first Taekwondo nominee for the full SPOTY award and has been winning gold medals in the sports heavyweight division since 2008. She became the first British taekwondo fighter to win back to back World gold medals in 2017 by defending and retaining her title in Muju South Korea. Although she’s only lost once since 2016, she’s another that looks set to struggle to get the votes.

      You can have your say and vote during the live show on December 17th for your winner either online (via your BBC account) or by telephone.

    SPOTY TIPS

    Harry Kane to be in the SPOTY Top 3 @ 3.5 with Paddy Power

    Jonnie Peacock to be in the SPOTY Top 3 @ 13 with Paddy Power

    If you are having a bet, where will your money be going?

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