Arguably the hottest band of 2010 – The xx have now been made 5/2 favourites to win the Mercury Prize, according to Ladbrokes.
The London-based group lead 4/1 chance Wild Beasts in the betting, with other nominees Mumford and Sons, Foals and Laura Marling are all available at 7/1.
Ladbrokes spokesman, Nick Weinberg, said: “The xx look like winners in waiting. They seem to tick the right boxes and there’s a growing momentum behind them.”
The winners of the prestigious prize will be announced at a posh awards piss-up on Septemeber 7.
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