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REVEALED: Find out who the bookies are backing for BBC Sports Personality of the Year glory on Sunday

Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker & Clare Balding will present the ceremony (credit:BBC)

The cream of the crop in British sport will be in Birmingham for the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday night, but who will be the pick of the bunch and walk away with the annual award.


Tennis star Andy Murray has dominated this award in recent years, winning it in three of the last five years, while athletics ace Mo Farah is the current holder having scooped the award in 2017, but neither man is in the running this year and that means there will be a new name on the trophy.

But who will it be?

Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to the award having scooped it back in 2014, and after clinching back-to-back Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship it is no surprise to see the Mercedes driver as a front-runner this time around.

The five-time world champion is the most successful British driver in the history of F1 and bookmaker bet365 is 9/2 that he writes his name in the Sports Personality of the Year award record books by following in the footsteps of Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill by winning this gong for the second time in his career.

There are two men ahead of him in the betting however, and neither have won this award before.

Geraint Thomas has had big shoes to fill as part of the Team Sky cycling team, following in the footsteps of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, but the Welshman more than proved that he was up to the challenge by winning the 2018 Tour de France and he is 5/2 to cap off a memorable year by becoming BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The bookies believe he could be in for disappointment though, and that is no major shock when you consider how football fever gripped England during the World Cup earlier this year.

The Three Lions blew pre-tournament predictions out of the water as they made it all the way to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, and one of the leading lights in that run to the final four was Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Kane netted six goals during the tournament to become the first England player to win the Golden Boot since Gary Lineker managed the feat in 1990, and at 11/8 bet365 believe he will claim another personal accolade in Birmingham this weekend.

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Dina Asher-Smith are considered 12/1 shots for the award, while boxer Tyson Fury is out at 18/1 after he made a successful comeback earlier this year and went agonisingly close to becoming world heavyweight champion for the second time in his career.

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