SPOTY Betting: Geraint Thomas has plenty of competition for the top prize
The Golden Boy of cycling and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas is favourite to win this year's Sports Personality of the Year award, but as Matthew Crist points out, there are several other nominees worth considering this December...
"His exploits at the World Cup initially saw Kane considered an early favourite for SPOTY but is now [3.9] second favourite and a glut of goals between now and December for Spurs, not to mention a decent international break in November, might just make a big difference."
Victory in France makes Thomas favourite for SPOTY
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas remains the favourite for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year but there are plenty of others in the mix after what has been something of a bumper year for British sport.
The 32-year-old Welshman and winner of cycling's greatest prize is seen as a breath of fresh air in a sport often marred by controversy thanks to his clean-cut image and humble, hard working attitude.
And though there is an argument that after Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour in more than 100 years back in 2012, a feat which saw him named Sports Personality, the achievement is not seen as incredible as it once was, the fact that Jones is as short as [2.68] in the SPOTY Winner market would suggest otherwise.
However, despite being the model sportsman and the favourite to get the backing of the British public on December 16, there are a number of candidates who might just feel they have a chance of getting their hands on the trophy which was first awarded back in 1954.
Kane, Hamilton and Cook all in with a shout
One such contender is winner of the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup and fellow nice guy; Tottenham and England's Harry Kane, who netted six times for the Three Lions on their way to the semi-finals in Russia.
His exploits at the World Cup initially saw Kane considered an early favourite for SPOTY but is now [3.9] second favourite and a glut of goals between now and December for Spurs, not to mention a decent international break in November, might just make a big difference.
Of course you'd be foolish to overlook Lewis Hamilton, [8.4], who has all but sealed his fifth Formula One World Championship, and is can't be overlooked to be named SPOTY for the second time having got the public vote in 2014 - and we all know how loyal F1 fans can be.
Meanwhile, sentimental voters might just have had their heartstrings pulled by the announcement of Alastair Cook's retirement at the back-end of the summer and as we all know, Sports Personality of the Year loves a goodbye. England's highest-scoring batsman of all time can be backed at [18.0].
Anthony Joshua has the public on his side
When trying to pick the winner of an award voted for by the public you could do worse than back a man who has no problem in packing Wembley Stadium for his fights, before an opponent has even been named and the ever-popular Anthony Joshua could be a decent outside pick at [42.0].
Talking of boxing and sports personalities it's almost impossible to overlook a man who has mounted something of a comeback in 2018, a character who loves to divide public opinion, as well as court publicity - Tyson Fury.
Fury is very much the like-him-or-hate-him character in the sporting world but if anyone knows how to play to the crowd and possibly even generate support for something of a protest vote it's the Mancunian who could just cause another upset. He's [50.0] to back now, but beat Deontay Wilder in the American's own backyard on December 1 and those odds will vanish into thin air.
Ryder Cup heroes decent top three contenders
Geraint Thomas's stamina and endurance may have seen him land one of the most revered prizes in sport in July but unfortunately for the Welshman the long, hot, summer of 2018 might just seem like a lifetime away for those watching events from Birmingham on a cold December evening.
The glorious scenes on the 18th green at Le Golf National at the end of September, however, might just be a little fresher in the memory for most voters making some of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes worthy of consideration in the top three market.
Justin Rose became the number one golfer in the world earlier this year and success at the HSBC Championship in Shanghai this weekend could once again see him the top ranked player on the planet, and perhaps a price of around [20.0] or bigger - which should be available nearer the time - for a top three finish in the voting shouldn't be overlooked?
Likewise Tommy Fleetwood who, along with Italian Francesco Molinari, a man who surely has to be considered for the overseas award, enjoyed a blinding three days in Paris and is also in with a chance for a podium finish, worth considering for those seeking a little value rather than the well fancied Thomas and Kane.