BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013 Betting Guide
Live on BBC1 15 December 2013
Let’s start by covering some basics. It’s seemingly over as a competition. Andy Murray is the overwhelming betting favourite to take the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2013.
So overwhelming a favourite the best price you can get is 25/1 on with Ladbrokes. Which doesn’t really seem worth your time.
Also, it’s not really an award for personality. Maybe that’s an argument for another day though.
So with all this in mind, lets have a look at the 10 nominees and their odds to finish first (pretty long unless you’re Murray) or to win it without Andy Murray (again, pretty long in most cases).
Even if you don’t fancy a bet (and we wouldn’t blame you), there’s some nice videos to watch.
Sir Ben Ainslie
Odds to win – 200/1 at SpreadEx
Odds to win without Murray – 18/1 BoyleSports
The most decorated sailor in Olympic history fulfilled a childhood dream in 2013 as part of a winning America's Cup team. He was drafted in as tactician and helped mastermind an unlikely victory for Oracle Team USA as they fought back from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8.
Ainslie, who was knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours, is the first Briton in 110 years to be on board a winning America's Cup boat. It might not have been all down to him, but he definitely brought that team together and gave them something they were lacking before.
Interview on his "Amazing" Americas Cup Win Here
Odds to win – 400/1 SkyBet
Odds to win without Murray - 150/1 Bet365
Batsman Bell was named man-of-the-series after the summer Ashes showdown in which he was a key figure in England's 3-0 defeat of Australia. His tally of 562 at an average of 62 from the middle order equalled the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes.
The Warwickshire right-hander also became only the fifth Englishman to score three consecutive centuries in Ashes Tests. Much maligned throughout his England career, he’s got all the shots and beautiful stroke play when he’s in form.
Was Ian Bell Englands Key Component in the Ashes, see Here.
Odds to win – 400/1 Bet365
Odds to win without Murray – 150/1 Bet365
Paralympic gold medallist Cockroft followed up her success at London 2012 with the sprint double at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon. She won the T34 100m and 200m titles and set a new championship record of 17.88 seconds in the T34 100m.
The 'Hurricane' also won the T33/T34 100m race at the Anniversary Games in London, setting a new stadium record.
Inspiring and amazing in equal measure, the highlights are Here.
Odds to win – 123/1 BetFair
Odds to win without Murray – 5/4 Coral
Fans favourite Farah (love a bit of iteration) became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' in the distance running events. Earlier in the year, he also broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old British record in the 1500m.
You can’t help but enjoy watching Mo as he crosses the line. He always looks delighted and amazed in equal measure, similar to how we’ve felt about having a decent British distance runner again.
See Mo's 10,000m win in Moscow Here
Odds to win – 150/1 SpreadEx
Odds to win without Murray –101/19 BetFair
Chris Froome made it back-to-back British victories at the Tour de France with a stunning win in the 100th edition of the race. Emulating the achievement of compatriot Sir Bradley Wiggins, he took the title by over four minutes and wore the yellow jersey from stage eight onwards.
He won three stages along the way on the gruelling 3,404km course. Wiggins winning it last year might have taken the edge off Froome’s victory a smidge, but it’s still one hell of a feat.
See the Chris Froome Tour De France Highlights Here
Odds to win – 598/1 BetFair
Odds to win without Murray –33/1 888Sport
The Cardiff Blues full-back has starred for Wales and the British and Irish Lions during 2013. He was named man-of-the-series in the victorious Lions tour of Australia, where his 21 points in the deciding third Test win was an individual record, and helped him overhaul the series record previously held by his kicking coach Neil Jenkins.
Before that, Halfpenny picked up the player of the tournament award in the Six Nations as his 74 points helped Wales retain the title.
If you like kicks and penalties, then this is the video for you Here.
Odds to win – 37/1 BetFair (second favourite)
Odds to win without Murray – 5/2 WinnerSports
McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when he triumphed on Mountain Tunes at Towcester in November. The Northern Irishman's landmark is almost 1,500 more than the next most successful rider, Richard Johnson.
McCoy, voted Sports Personality in 2010 which may not act in his favour this year, won an unprecedented 18th consecutive champion jump jockey title and is on course for a 19th just months after a fall left him in intensive care.
In case you missed it (what sort of ap’er are you if that’s the case?) the 4000th winner is Here
Odds to win – 1/25 Ladbrokes (that’s favourite if you hadn’t realised already)
Odds to win without Murray – Not really possible when you think about it
The Scot ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion with victory over Novak Djokovic in a gripping final on Centre Court. It was his second Grand Slam victory to add to the US Open title he won in 2012.
Murray lost to Djokovic in the 2013 Australian Open final and his Wimbledon win came in the seventh major final of his career.
For the final game of the match that will forever define Mr Murray (we’ll stick with that until he inevitably gets knighted) click Here
Odds to win – 400/1 SkyBet
Odds to win without Murray – 218/1 BetFair
Ohuruogu timed her run to perfection as she stormed to gold in the 400m at the World Athletics Championships for a second time. The Londoner triumphed in a photo finish to became the first British female athlete to claim two world titles.
Her time of 49.41 seconds eclipsed Kathy Cook's national record that had stood since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
That epic 400m victory is available in full Here
Odds to win – 300/1 SpreadEx
Odds to win without Murray – 33/1 PaddyPower
Emotional Rose won the US Open to become the first Englishman to taste victory in one of golf's majors since Sir Nick Faldo in 1996. Rose's maiden major triumph also made him the first English golfer to lift the trophy since Tony Jacklin 43 years ago, and propelled him to a career-high of third in the world rankings.
After tapping in his final putt, he looked up to the sky with tears in his eyes and admitted later to thinking of his father and long-time mentor Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002.
If you’ve stuck with us this far, your reward is the highlights to the final round of the US Open Here
(Information Correct as of 05/12/13)