The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 winner will be revealed on Sunday 17th December 2017, taking place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and televised live on BBC.
Last year, Andy Murray won the award after a tremendous year in Tennis, winning Gold at the Olympics, winning Wimbledon for the second time and was ranked No. 1 in the World. Second place went to Triathlete Alistair Brownlee with third place going to Showjumper, Nick Skelton.
We take a look at some of the nominees for this year’s award and the betting odds for each sports personality:
Anthony Joshua (Boxing)
The 28 year old Watford-born Heavyweight champion has successfully defended his WBA and IBF Heavyweight titles this year with the main highlight being in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium when defeating Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round in May. In October, Joshua took on Carlos Takam in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium and was victorious via TKO.
This is Joshua’s first nomination and he is currently the favourite to become the Sports Personality of the Year.
Lewis Hamilton (F1 Motor Racing)
Hamilton, 32, won his 4th World title at the Mexican Grand Prix in October making him Britain’s most successful driver, ahead of Jackie Stewart and is joint third in the all time title standings. Hamilton won the Sports Personality of the Year in 2014 and has been placed second on two occasions, 2007 and 2008.
Chris Froome (Cycling)
Froome claimed a fourth Tour de France title and became the first Brit to win the Vuelta a Espana. The 32 year old also won two bronze medalsat the World Championships in September.
Froome has not won the award before but has finished in 6th position in both 2013 and 2015.
Mo Farah (Athletics)
Mo Farah had another good year as he claimed a third consecutive World 10,000 metre Gold medal in London back in August. He also gained a silver medal in the 5,000 metres, just missing out on a fifth major championships double. Farah was given a knighthood from the Queen in November.
Farah has not won the award before but has finished 3rd once and 4th three times.
Harry Kane (Football)
The England striker bagged the Golden Boot award for top scorer in the Premier League for the second successive season with 29 goals for club, Tottenham Hotspur. Kane, 24, scored the all important goal to ensure England’s qualification into the World Cup 2018 against Slovenia. He was also the only English player to be nominated for the coveted Ballon d’Or prize.
This is Harry Kane’s first nomination for the award.
Jonathan Rhea (Motor Cycling)
The 30 year old became the first rider to win three successive World Superbike titles, as well as breaking Colin Edwards’ 15 year record for the number of points scored in a season. The Northern Irishman also had 16 wins in 2017, taking his career wins to 54, just 5 behind Carl Fogarty.
This is Rhea’s first nomination for the award.
The rest of the contenders are Adam Peaty (Swimming) 100/1, Anya Shrubsole (Cricket) 150/1, Jonnie Peacock (Para-Athletics) 100/1, Bianca Walkden (Taekwondo) 200/1, Elise Christie (Speed Skating) 200/1 and Johanna Konta (Tennis) 200/1.
Here are our picks from those markets:
Betting without Joshua – Mo Farah – 8/1
To finish in the Top 3 – Johanna Konta – 33/1
NOT to finish in the Top 3 – Lewis Hamilton – 7/4