All eyes will on the BBC tonight as William Hill release the latest odds on Sports Personality Of the Year, with Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah & Andy Murray proving popular, the firm report.
The sporting year of 2012 will be remembered as arguably the greatest 12 months in British sporting history.
There was always hope that this year could be one of the greatest, but it has surpassed the expectation levels of even the most optimistic sports fan.
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With so many sporting achievements accomplished this year, the Sports Personality of the Year 2012 award is brimming with talent and has attracted plenty of interest in the betting markets.
The Olympics were the cornerstone of the year and it passed without incident and the expected travel problems, and brought together a nation in celebration of top level sport. Success was also achieved by the athletes in Team GB, and unsurprisingly, 11 of the 12 entrants for the main award to be shown live on BBC1 on Sunday, are from the Olympic and Paralympic squad.
The clear favourite for the award is Bradley Wiggins, whose sporting accolades this year have rocketed him to the top of the market. Cyclist Wiggins, who can be backed as short as 2/7 with Bet365 and has seen plenty of money gambled on his head, has had a remarkable 2012.
Wiggins has single handily brought cycling to the masses by his incredible domination of all the major prizes in 2012. He became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, finishing 3minutes 21seconds ahead of teammate Chris Froome, and did it in a style that hasn’t been seen since Lance Armstrong dominated the cycling scene many years ago.
Wiggins is also the only rider in history to win Paris-Nice, the Tour of Romandy and Criterium du Dauphine in one season. He then followed it up with an Olympic gold in the time trial, his seventh Olympic medal overall.
Betting-wise the accolade seems all but sewn up in Wiggin’s favour, with punters piling into his odds over the winter and now the price is only 2/7 when it was 1/2 at one point.
William Hill have especially laid plenty of money at short odds after a punter in a shop in Yorkshire staked £10,000 on Wiggins at 1/3 earlier this month. He seems the people’s choice and with this award being a public chosen award, Wiggins looks a sure thing to claim the award.
This would be the sixth time in eight years that the favourite on the night has triumphed to land the coveted prize.
Overturning the favourite can happen though. In 2009, Jensen Button was all the rage for the award after winning the World Drivers’ Championship and was backed at 1/10 for the award but was pipped to the post by footballer Ryan Giggs.
If Wiggins is to get turned over, the most likely duo to do so are fellow Olympians Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.
Farah claimed an amazing double at the Games by winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m – his work for charity has also received plenty of plaudits and can be backed at 8/1 with Bet365.
Ennis has plenty of appeal to the everyday person due to her girl next door persona and William Hill have reported she is currently top of their popularity pile.
The face of the 2012 Games took gold in the heptathlon after an incredible score of 6,995 points and handed Great Britain their first gold medal on the athletics track.
She finished third in the BBC award in 2009 and 2010, but this could be her year, and her followers could be celebrating another Ennis triumph at very big odds. At 8/1 with Ladbrokes she looks worth chancing.