Three 'finals' and a highly-anticipated race kick-off await us during the coming days. Here are the best offers and our latest update on the novelty markets that will grab all the betting attention this weekend!
Contested BBC SPOTY Betting... W/O Hamilton
With Sports Personality of the Year announced on Sunday night, Lewis Hamilton at 1/4 (80% chance) still sits atop the betting markets at Paddy Power & Betfair and is highly unlikely to be replaced. In most people’s eyes the battle is for second place and the springer in the betting without Hamilton market has been female jockey Hollie Doyle at 11/4 (27%). Originally a double-digit price, she has seen sustained support in the last seven days.
Snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan appears to be her main rival. With a World Championship under his belt there could be some value available from William Hill at 8/1 (11%). If you fancy your chances of predicting the award's podium, Guesser is running a dedicated contest over on Instagram for those who correctly guess #1, #2 and #3 winners in the right order, £300 in prizes!
UK Christmas #1 Takes The Stage
It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the UK Christmas Number One comes firmly into focus. Announced on BBC radio on Dec 25th this year’s contest is really hotting up. Last year saw YouTuber and dad-blogger LadBaby claim the festive crown for a second year in a row with his second sausage roll-themed charity single, 'I Love Sausage Rolls' - a spin on 'I Love Rock N' Roll' - in aid of foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. He also topped the chart in 2018 with 'We Built This City', making him only the third act in chart history, after The Beatles and Spice Girls, to land consecutive chart Christmas Number 1s.
Having been as big as 4/1 (20%) last week at William Hill, LadBaby is now back into 4/6 (60%). With little over a week to go, Justin Bieber’s charity track with the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir look the only other viable alternative at 9/4 (31%).
Strictly Come Dancing Final This Weekend
As he has done for the last 5 weeks, over on the BBC dancefloor Bill Bailey remains favourite to lift the trophy this weekend. 8/11 (58%) at Paddy Power & Betfair, Bailey’s nearest challenger remains HRVY at 7/4 (36%) best price. Third in the betting is Maisie Smith at 6/1, (14%), who still most definitely has a shot. The same can not be said for the fourth finalist Jamie Laing at 66/1 (1%), who looks booked for an also ran spot.
Brexit Deal Odds-On Before Sunday Deadline
While people are generally feeling festive, those in Downing Street and Brussels are still very much hammering away more than an elf in Santa’s workshop attempting to secure a Brexit deal.
With the burning of the midnight oil required Boris Johnson’s approval rating doesn’t appear likely to recover even if a deal is agreed at this point. Paddy Power is now 1/2 (66%) about the PMs YouGov approval rating being lower than 36%. Looking to the future, this Political Joe’s attention is also drawn to the William Hill proposition which suggests Johnson won’t be Tory leader at the next UK General election. Trading at 8/15 (65%) the odds are strongly against poor old Boris on a number of different fronts this holiday season. It’ll certainly be no rest for the wicked this Christmas!