BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 Odds
The shortlist has been announced for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year with Lewis Hamilton installed as the bookies’ odds-on favourite to claim the accolade. Marcus Rashford was a notable absentee from the shortlist, despite gaining plenty of support in the betting markets in recent months. The Manchester United and England forward has been arguably more influential off the field than on in recent weeks but his charitable efforts were overlooked in favour of pure sporting accomplishments. In what has proved to be a challenging year, the six-strong shortlist signifies several positives to be taken from the world of sport in 2020. Here at freebet.com we take a look at those that made the SPOTY shortlist and why they deserve their spot, offering odds courtesy of our popular betting partner, Ladbrokes.
Lewis Hamilton is the overwhelming favourite to claim the SPOTY award this year and quite rightly so. Hamilton has been at his dominant best during the 2020 F1 season, winning a record-equalling seventh world championship. As well as equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, Hamilton is now top on the all-time list for race wins (95), pole positions (98), podium finishes (164), points in a season and career points (3763).
Considered by many to be the greatest F1 driver of all time, Hamilton won this award in 2014 but has finished second in each of the past two years. The 35-year-old is expected to be knighted in the New Year’s honours list and at 2/5 he offers excellent value to take the crown again as well. Alternatively, Ladbrokes offer 7/4 on Hamilton not to win.
Like Lewis Hamilton, Ronnie O’Sullivan is considered by many to be the greatest his respective sport has ever seen. The Rocket has finally been given the recognition his illustrious career warrants. Steve Davis (1988) remains the sole snooker player to win this award but O’Sullivan, now 45, is enjoying something of a renaissance in the latter years of his career.
Earlier this year Ronnie O’Sullivan became the oldest player to win a world title, winning a sixth World Snooker Championship. O’Sullivan is now just 10/3 to retain his title in 2021 and in doing so he would match the record haul of seven-time winner, Stephen Hendry. O’Sullivan’s 2020 World Championship win also helped him set a new record of 20 Triple Crown (World Championship, UK Championship and Masters) wins and a 37th career ranking title.
Without doubt the most controversial person to feature on the shortlist. Tyson Fury enjoyed a stellar 2020 in which he regained his heavyweight world title, crushing long-term champion, Deontay Wilder in their much-anticipated rematch. Whilst Fury’s sporting achievements are unquestionable, he has asked his fans not to vote for him which could scupper his chances of winning.
Fury previously caused outrage over sexist and homophobic comments made and there was a 100,000-strong petition signed to get him removed from the award’s shortlist in 2015. When the 2020 shortlist was announced, Fury took to social media requesting that he be removed. He commented, “I know who I am and what I've done in sports. The love of the people is worth more to me than all the awards in the world. So, to all of my supporters, please don't vote on this. Take me off the list. All my love, Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King."