SPOTY Betting: Hamilton poised to overtake Fury on final straight?

  • Max Liu
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Fury is still favourite but his odds have drifted

With a couple of months to go the Sports Personality of the Year betting sees a small drift on Tyson Fury as the price on Lewis Hamilton shortens says Max Liu...

"Lewis Hamilton 100/304.3 looks best-placed to cause an upset in the SPOTY betting. The British Formula 1 star is a shoo-in on the Exchange to win a record-equalling seventh Drivers' Championship."

Tyson Fury is still the favourite to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year but his odds are drifting with just over two months to go until the winner is announced.

The world heavyweight boxing champion is 12/53.4 - having traded at around 15/82.9 - thanks to his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder earlier this year.

The February bout, however, seems a long time ago now - a highpoint of the early part of 2020 before sport was suspended due to the pandemic - and it could be that there's still time for one of Fury's rivals to cause an upset in the SPOTY betting.

Will record championship win get Hamilton over the line?

Lewis Hamilton 100/304.3 looks best-placed to do that. The British Formula 1 star is a shoo-in on the Exchange to win a record-equalling seventh Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton was in hot water at the weekend after he lost the lead of the Russian Grand Prix as a result of a 10-second penalty for making two practice starts in the wrong place.

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It cost Hamilton a likely win, leaving him one short of Michael Schumacher's record of 91 race victories but still leading the championship by 44 points. There are seven races remaining so the Briton has ample time to surpass the record between now and SPOTY time. His achievement may be fresh in the memory when fans cast their votes.

Hamilton won SPOTY in 2014 and has been in the top three five times - a record he shares with snooker's Steve Davis - and he's 1/51.2 to make it a sixth in 2020.

Marcus Rashford is also 100/304.3 to win SPOTY although that's probably more for his achievements off the football field this year.

Will Rashford really finish in the top three - alongside Wilder and Hamilton - ahead of Ronnie O'Sullivan? He won a sixth World Snooker championship in August, and immediately shortened to 4/15.0 in the SPOTY, but has now drifted to 13/27.4.

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