Ennis-Hill remains SPOTY fav despite surge from Fury and Murray


It may have been a superb weekend for two British sportsmen, but neither Andy Murray’s nor Tyson Fury’s heroics could displace Jessica Ennis-Hill in the betting to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year.

Murray saw his odds for the end-of-year award tumble after guiding Great Britain to Davis Cup glory over Belgium, while Fury shot up the market upon ending the long-running win streak of Wladimir Klitschko.

Britain’s best tennis player is into 15/8 to win the BBC’s coveted prize on December 20, making him the second favourite to claim the gong, while Fury is now a 5/1 chance with Ladbrokes.

The bookmaker has already paid out on one particular SPOTY market however, settling bets on the GB tennis team to be anointed the Team of the Year after Murray inspired them to claim the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years.

Despite his inspiring play during the final, the 28-year-old still sits behind 5/4 favourite Ennis-Hill in the individual award after the heptathlete returned from giving birth to her first child to win World Championship gold in August.

Even if his SPOTY pursuit isn’t successful, Ladbrokes expect Murray to be among decorated for his outstanding sporting achievements before long. They go 2/1 that he will be among those knighted on the 2016 New Year’s Honours List, and 1/3 that he becomes a Sir in the next five years.

The charisma of newly crowned WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Fury could prove telling with the voting public, yet the boxer remains out of touch with the leading duo in the SPOTY market.

Beyond that trio, F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Wayne Rooney – who became the country’s leading goalscorer this year – and recent Premier League record breaker Jamie Vardy make up the chasing pack.

Hamilton is offered at a price of 10/1, while Rooney and Vardy’s chances look far more remote at 20/1 apiece.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.