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Gareth Bale’s SPOTY odds slashed after Euros euphoria

| 30.06.2016

Gareth Bale could be scoring his way to this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, after a stunning summer at the European Championships.

The Real Madrid star has been at the forefront of Wales’ success at the Euros with three vital goals, and Bale is now 8/1 for the annual gong, in from 50/1.

Jamie Vardy is favourite for the accolade at 3/1, with Anthony Joshua second in the betting at 5s.

Andy Murray is also 8/1 with Bale, but the former Tottenham’s man’s odds will tumble further if he can lead Wales to glory versus Belgium in their quarter-final clash on Friday night.

The bookies have served up a host of Bale specials for the match, including 12/1 on the world’s most expensive player scoring a third direct free-kick of the tournament.

It’s 10s meanwhile that Bale scores from the spot or with his head, and 14s he whacks the woodwork.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Bale wasn’t a SPOTY contender before the Euros, but his roaring performances for the Dragons in France have fired him right into contention.

At 19/4, Wales are deemed outsiders to Belgium’s 8/11, but if their wizard can conjure more magic, the Dragons’ dream may yet go on.

Bale is 11/2 to net first, and 9/4 anytime, and given his form this summer, the Belgian defence ought to be on their toes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.