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BBC Sports Personality of the Year tips – Murray can claim SPOTY crown


Tyson Fury and Andy Murray have been backed after big wins at the weekend

There are probably three people who can win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in December, with the 2015 prize being handed out in Belfast on Sunday 20 December.

Tyson Fury is the new heavyweight champion of the world, with the boxer having defeated Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday evening in Dusseldorf, thus thrusting himself into the consciousness of the British public.

The fact that Fury divides opinion and the vast majority of sports fans didn’t watch the Mancunian achieve this fantastic triumph means that the odds are stacked against him, even if Ladbrokes go 6/1 about him doing it.

Andy Murray is a more likely winner, with the Scot picking up the award in 2013 after a formidable year which saw him claim an Olympic gold medal and win the Wimbledon title.

Murray’s Davis Cup heroics means that not only will he be part of the winning team award but he also stands a great chance of triumphing in the individual awards.

The tennis player is the 2/1 second favourite with Paddy Power, although Jessica Ennis-Hill remains the one to beat in the eyes of the layers. The heptathlon star is no bigger than 5/4 (BetVictor) ahead of the voting deadline.

Ennis-Hill has finished third in 2009 and 2010, while she was runner-up in 2012 after a fabulous gold medal-winning performance which saw her finish behind Bradley Wiggins.

This year, the Sheffield athlete has won a World Championship title in Beijing, although the fact this happened in August means it’s less on the minds of voters than Murray and Fury’s recent successes.

Lewis Hamilton is a 14/1 chance to win the BBC SPOTY award and the Formula 1 champion won last year’s prize by fending off Rory McIlroy, although it was a leaner year for British sport than the current one.

Jamie Vardy is bidding to become the first football player to scoop the BBC SPOTY award since Ryan Giggs, although the Leicester striker remains a relative unknown and doesn’t have the popularity of Giggs or his former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham.

Andy Murray @ 2/1 with Paddy Power

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