Who Will Win BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022?
As one year ends and a new one dawns, questions have already turned to which sporting hero or heroine will capture the hearts of the British public in 2022? The easiest way to answer those queries is to dive right into the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022 market on specials betting sites.
After Emma Raducanu’s victory in the 2021 version, the US Open women’s champion already finds herself among the favourites to claim the crown again this year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a tennis star win the award for a second year in-a-row either, as Andy Murray pulled off the feat in 2015 and 2016.
However, be warned, that was the only time since the award’s inception all the way back in 1954 that it has been won by the same person in consecutive years, and the prize has never been won more than once by a female either.
There are also some very familiar names leading the odds currently, so we’ve decided to have a look at five of the frontrunners to take home the gong this year.
Who Is Favourite To Win SPOTY?
|Emma Raducanu||12/1||William Hill|
Lewis Hamilton Favourite For SPOTY 2022
It’s easy to see the reasons why Lewis Hamilton is the current favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2022. The Mercedes driver looked to be Formula 1 world champion-elect right up to the final moments of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix back in December, only to be controversially pipped by Max Verstappen after a remarkable decision from Race Control led to a one lap shootout between the two title rivals.
Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the final lap of the race to become champion of the world for the first time in his career, so that is probably leading F1 betting sites and everyone else to believe that revenge must be on the mind of the British racing sensation this term.
If Hamilton ever needed extra motivation, he would also have a chance to break his tie of seven world championships with the great Michael Schumacher should he succeed in his quest to regain the championship that was ripped away from him last year. If Mercedes man were to do that, he would surely also see the chequered flag on the 6/1 odds available with William Hill for him to win the SPOTY award.
However, just be wary that Hamilton has yet to confirm that he will race in the 2022 season and with some retirement rumours swirling, it may be worth swerving this bet until the Stevenage native confirms he is retaking his spot on the grid.
Harry Kane's BBC Sports Personality Odds
Don’t forget, England are among the frontrunners in the 2022 World Cup betting and that makes their captain Harry Kane an attractive prospect in the market. Kane led his troops to within touching distance of their first major football tournament victory since 1966 last summer, as the Three Lions lost out to Italy on penalties at Wembley in the final of the delayed Euro 2020.
It’s also worth remembering recency is a big factor when it comes to betting on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and the World Cup final just happens to take place very close to the time of year the awards are due to be held. So, if football was to ‘come home’ and Kane was the man to lift the most sought-after trophy in the sport, then the 12/1 currently available on him to win the award might prove to be a savvy investment - if you get in their early.
Emma Raducanu Could Win Second Sports Personality Nod On The Trot
We’ve already sung the praises of Raducanu above, as her remarkable run to the 2021 US Open women’s title truly was the stuff of sporting fairy tales - she was even recognised with the WTA Newcomer of the Year award because of it. But, it’s easy to forget her journey started with an unbelievable showing at Wimbledon for a first timer.
Raducanu made it all the way to the fourth round at SW19 last July, and could have made it even further had she not been forced to retire against Ajla Tomljanovic. If Raducanu was to do something crazy like win Wimbledon in 2022, then it would be very hard to see anyone unseating her for a second SPOTY gong on the trot. She is as high as 12/1 with some UK bookmakers to retain her award and let’s face it, nothing seems impossible for the new darling of British tennis.
Raheem Sterling Third Favourite For SPOTY Award
Let’s not forget the man who almost single-handedly dragged England over the line at the European Championships, Raheem Sterling. The Man City winger banged in three goals during the competition, netting winning goals against Croatia and Czech Republic in the group stages. He also broke the deadlock in England’s crucial Last 16 encounter with Germany, as the Three Lions put a lot of history to bed by beating their greatest rivals that day.
He may not be enjoying the best of seasons in Manchester and transfer rumours about him will persist into the summer. But, Gareth Southgate has always known how to get the best out of Sterling and if he performs on the grandest stage in football next winter, you could be looking at your BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner.
Will Tyson Fury Be At SPOTY 2022?
Given Tyson Fury’s snub of the event in 2021 and his rather public opposition to the award in general, one would feel that placing him so high in the market this year seems a tad generous. Also, despite his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder in 2021, his dance card is completely empty as it stands for 2022. The absence of a big fight on the horizon makes it very hard to make a case for ‘The Gypsy King’ at the moment, even if he wanted to win it in the first place!
Other Contenders For The BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award
Mark Cavendish could be a left field shout and stands on tempting odds of 22/1 at present. Cavendish just needs one stage win at the Tour de France to hold the most stage victories in the history of the illustrious race.
Andy Murray, who is available at 40/1 on some online betting sites, is an interesting outside prospect. The three-time Grand Slam champion retired from the sport in 2019 and looked completely finished after an emotional press conference at the Australian Open. A win at any of the year’s four major tournaments would surely be one of sport’s great comeback stories and would see the popular Scot smash his way right up the betting.
Finally, for fans of a real outside shot, there’s ‘The Queen Of The Palace’, Fallon Sherrock, at 150/1. Sherrock lost out in her opening game at the PDC World Championship, but there is little doubt anymore – especially, after her showing at the 2021 Grand Slam Of Darts – that she has the ability to mix it with the very best that Planet Darts has to offer.
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