Can anyone pip 1/8 favourite Andy Murray for SPOTY gong?

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It’s been quite a year for Andy Murray. In 2016, he triumphed at Wimbledon, won Gold at Rio and swept aside Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

And he’s about to notch up another momentous honour by being voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year…surely?

The sensational Scot is about as clear a favourite as they come, with the bookies offering 1/8 for the 29-year-old to scoop up the SPOTY prize for the third year in four  – a feat which would make him the first three-time winner in the award’s history.

Alistair Brownlee is next up at 8/1, having heroically carried his brother Jonny over the finish line during the finale of the World Triathlon Series in September, letting his exhausted sibling take second place in the race, ahead of himself.

Oh, and he won Gold in the triathlon in Rio. And that combination of a good heart and great athletic ability mean he’s the one outsider our traders can realistically see pipping Murray to the gong.

However, while Nick Skelton (25/1), Laura Kenny (33/1) and Mo Farah (50s) are all some way behind the front-two, though each of the talented trio will be hoping for a place on the SPOTY podium.

With Murray 1/100 to make the top three, it’s fair to say most will be looking elsewhere.

Laura Kenny looks well priced at 3/1 to make the podium, with cyclists having made it into the top trio in three of the last eight years – while her pair of Golds at Rio were one of Team GB’s highlights of the games.

Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy is 6/1 to become the first footballer in seven years to make the podium, with the England international having starred as 5000/1 shots Leicester City lifted the Premier League title last season.

Meanwhile, for those still looking to get behind Andy Murray, there could be plenty of value in the Percentage of votes market.

It’s 3/1 the two-time Wimbledon winner gets between 40-50 per cent of the vote, while 5/1 says he scoops up an enormous 50-60 per cent of the public’s support.

All will be revealed this evening…

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.