Despite stalwarts and megastars being on the shortlist, it's a lesser-known talent that's the punters pick.
The 2018 Mercury Music Prize is just around the corner, and with it comes a flurry of bets from punters looking to predict the winner of a gong that has been received by the likes of Skepta, alt-J and The xx in recent years gone by.
A couple of household names have made the shortlist alongside the usual mix of up and coming artists and underground stars, but it’s a slightly less known person that is currently getting the most attention betting wise.
Nadine Shah’s Holiday Destination is joint-favourite in the market and has received 29% of total bets, more than any other. The Tyneside native is 9/2 second-favourite to win, only behind the Jazz band Sons of Kemet.
The aforementioned four-piece head the market currently with their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile, priced at 7/2. Despite this, punters are steering clear, with just 5% of total bets, behind four other nominees, including arguably the biggest band in the UK right now.
Arctic Monkeys are previous winners and picked up a fourth nomination (the second most in the awards history) with their left-field effort Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino. Despite not being one of the favourites (you can pick them up at 10/1 best price), they have received sizeable support, with 10% of total bets placed.
Other notable market selections include Jorja Smith and King Krule, who are the second and third best backed artists respectively. Smith is 9/1 best price to win with Lost And Found, while King Krule is 6/1 with The Ooz.
If previous years are anything to go by, there could well be shifts in the market as we count down towards Thursday night, and some of these odds could well seem like great value come the start of the ceremony!
Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “The Mercury Music Prize always receives a strong reaction from punters, and second-favourite Nadine Shah is getting all the love currently. The 9/2 shot has been backed more than any other artist, but stalwarts Arctic Monkeys are among those who are seeing money as we get nearer to Thursday’s big bash.”