Sports Personality of the Year – Murray to win it, but who will take second place?
At 1/8 Andy Murray is the clear favourite to win the 2016 Sport Personality of the Year, therefore perhaps the most interesting aspect of the competition has become the race for second place. Alistair Brownlee became a fan favourite this year following the dramatic ending to the Triathlon World Series in Mexico, when he helped his exhausted brother across the line in a showcase of fraternal love. He was also able to retain his Olympic gold, thus making him the 4/6 top pick in the betting without Andy market. Gareth Bale is behind him at 11/2 following a year of remarkable performances for Real Madrid and Wales, while Laura Trott, 6/1, became Britain’s most successful female Olympian after winning both the team pursuit and the Omnium in Rio. Mo Farah is 6/1, while Nick Skelton is a 12/1 shot.
“Andy Murray looks nailed on to win the award for a third time, and as a result betting has veered towards the market for who will come second. Alistair Brownlee’s profile got a huge boost after those dramatic events in Mexico, but Mo & Laura hardly had a bad year and you cannot discount Nick Skelton for his extraordinary gold in Rio,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Outright: 1/8 Andy Murray, 8/1 Alistair Brownlee, 25/1 Laura Trott, 25/1 Mo Farah, 33/1 Gareth Bale, 50/1 Jamie Vardy, 50/1 Nick Skelton, 80/1 Max Whitlock, 100/1 Jason Kenny, 200/1 Adam Peaty, 200/1 Danny Willett, 200/1 Kadeena Cox
Betting Without Andy Murray: 4/6 Alistair Brownlee, 11/2 Gareth Bale, 6/1 Laura Trott, 6/1 Mo Farah, 12/1 Nick Skelton, 16/1 Jamie Vardy, 25/1 Max Whitlock, 50/1 Jason Kenny, 100/1 Adam Peaty, 100/1 Danny Willett, 100/1 Kadeena Cox, 100/1 Kate Richardson-Walsh, 100/1 Nicola Adams, 100/1 Sarah Storey, 100/1 Sophie Christiansen