added: 15 Sep 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
William Hill punters have been piling into Alt-J to win the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ever since the shortlist was announced on Wednesday.
Originally offered at 5/1, the Cambridge-based band have been the subject of over half of all Mercury bets placed and their odds are now as short as 7/4.
They are the clear favourites to win the award with Django Django the 5/1 second favourites, while Richard Hawley is next in at 11/2.
'Alt-J have stormed to the top of the betting and our punters are certainly having their say on who they think will win,' said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. 'If the betting continues in this vein, they will certainly be the best backed act in Mercury history.'
William Hill odds - Mercury Music Prize winner:
7/4 Alt-J ' An Awesome Wave
5/1 Django Django ' Django Django
11/2 Richard Hawley ' Standing At The Sky's Edge
8/1 Jessie Ware - Devotion
10/1 Plan B ' Ill Manors
12/1 Ben Howard ' Every Kingdom
12/1 The Macabees ' Given To The Wild
14/1 Field Music - Plumb
14/1 Michael Kiwanuka ' Home Again
16/1 Lianne La Havas ' Is Your Love Big Enough
20/1 Roller Trio ' Roller Trio
25/1 Sam Lee ' Ground Of Its Own