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SPOTY 2017 Betting Preview

- 18:12, 6th December 2017
Anthony Joshua after his victory over Carlos Takam

The BBC’s flagship Sports Personality of the Year event takes place on Sunday, December 17 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena and Eamon Hanlon has been taking a look at the SPOTY betting and the 12 stars in the running for the coveted prize.

Anthony Joshua @ 2/7 - BET NOW

The Sports Personality of the Year odds indicate that the 28-year-old is favourite to walk away with the trophy, after beating Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage at Wembley back in April to become heavyweight world champion, before a successful defence against Carlos Takam in Cardiff in October.

The popular fighter now has the world at his feet and will look to unify the world titles in 2018.

Lewis Hamilton @ 6/1 

Lewis Hamilton picked up his fourth Formula One title this year after overcoming an early-season challenge from Sebastian Vettel.

Runner-up in SPOTY in both 2007 and 2008, the 32-year-old lifted the trophy in 2015 and is the SPOTY a strong contender this time around.

Chris Froome @ 9/1 

Chris Froome has flown under the radar to a certain extent despite winning his fourth Tour de France title this year.

The 32-year-old became just the third rider to win the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year and shows no signs of slowing down.

The Kenyan-born ace finished sixth in SPOTY in 2013 and 2015 – maybe this will be his year.

Mo Farah  @ 25/1 

Sir Mo Farah received his greatest accolade when knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in November, but he also shone on the London Stadium track once again.

Despite almost falling twice, the 34-year-old claimed a third consecutive world 10,000m gold and took silver in the 5,000m.

He won his final track race of his career at a Diamond League event in Zurich and will now focus his efforts ion road races, with another crack at London Marathon glory on the horizon in 2018.

Harry Kane @ 40/1 

The Tottenham star has emerged as one of the finest strikers in European football and is now the first name on the team sheet for England.

Having scored six hat-tricks in 2017, the 24-year-old ended the 2016-17 season as the Premier League’s top scorer with 29 goals and has, once again, been prolific this term.

With aspirations to be the best player in the world, Kane has stayed grounded and prefers to shun the limelight for a family life and his likeable demeanour may help him attract SPOTY bets, especially from Spurs fans!

Johanna Konta @ 200/1 

The 26-year-old became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1978 in the summer, but eventually lost out to Venus Williams at SW19.

The Australian-born ace won the Miami Open title and made it to the last eight at the Australian Open.

Jonnie Peacock @ 66/1 

The 24-year-old may be familiar to some as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, but he won the T44 100m final in 10.75 seconds at the World Para-athletics Championships in London.

That success was his second world title and he will be hoping for more in Liverpool and those eyeing the SPOTY betting may feel his regular dancing appearances on Saturday night TV, might help his cause of collecting the prize.

Adam Peaty @ 100/1 

At just 22, Peaty boats the 10 fastest times in history in the 100m breaststroke and has Olympic gold in his locker.

The Uttoxeter-born flyer retained his 50m and 100m breaststroke titles at the World Aquatic Championships in Hungary in July and became the first swimmer to break 26 seconds in the 50m.

Anya Shrubsole @ 100/1 

The Somerset bowler took five wickets in 19 balls and claimed 6-46 as England’s women beat India in the final to win the World Cup.

The 25-year-old is looking to become the first cricketer to win SPOTY since Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff back in 2005.

Bianca Walkden @ 200/1 

Bianca Walkden enjoyed a superb year in taekwondo, winning back-to-back world gold medals and also claiming Grand Prix victories in London, Moscow and Morocco.

The Liverpool-born fighter has lost only one match since the 2016 Olympics but despite her continued domination of her sport, she is a big outsider in the Sports Personality of the Year  odds.

Elise Christie @ 200/1 

The 27-year-old Scot claimed the 1000m, 1500m and overall titles at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam, while taking bronze in the 3000m.

It was superb comeback after her Sochi nightmares, when she was penalised in all three of her events.

Jonathan Rea  @ 33/1 

The 30-year-old Northern Irishman secured a third successive World Superbike title in 2017 and broke Colin Edwards' 15-year record for the number of points scored in a season.

He was also made an MBE and receives his first nomination for SPOTY.