The odds favour the unknown: Burial favourite for Mercury
After a week of betting, bookmakers William Hill have revealed that their favourite to take this year's Nationwide Mercury Prize is Burial, for his second album Untrue (pictured).
At the time of the shortlist announcement William Hill placed Untrue at 6/1, behind Radiohead's In Rainbows and The Last Shadow Puppets' The Age Of Understatement. But it's now emerged as favourite.
The problem if he wins: who is going to turn up to collect the award on September 9? The true identity of Burial has remained a mystery despite the acclaim for Untrue, reviewed here. It could be a woman, so we shouldn't really say 'he' is favourite.
A William Hill spokesperson told the BBC:
_ "The two people we’ve seen real money for is Radiohead at 9/2 but Burial is very much the favourite at the moment at 3/1."_
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