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Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula has emerged as the final favourite to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

It's always worth a flutter. The Barclaycard Mercury Prize arguably provokes more debate than any other, with this year's final shortlist being accompanying by frenzied debate.

The winner will be unveiled tonight (October 30th) at a special ceremony in London venue the Roundhouse, but before then fans can place their final bets.

A flurry of late activity has pushed Laura Mvula into the lead, with Ladbrokes placing the singer at 6/4 to scoop the prize. Disclosure sit in second place, but lack of interest has caused David Bowie to move into third place.

With an appearance from the reclusive star unlikely, the bookmakers have received only 19 bets from intrepid fans. Further down the list Domino pairing Arctic Monkeys and Jon Hopkins are both at 10/1, while label partners Villagers are at a lowly 33/1.

If Laura Mvula does indeed waltz away with the prize, then Ladbrokes face a £35,000 payout. "Laura Mvula is on the verge of landing a monumental Mercury Prize gamble," says Ladbrokes’ Alex Donohue. "She’s come from nowhere to become the red-hot favourite and we’re desperately hoping for an outsider to cause an upset." (via FACT)

Final odds:

Laura Mvula - 6/4
Disclosure - 10/3
David Bowie - 6/1
Foals - 10/1
Arctic Monkeys - 10/1
Laura Marling - 10/1
Jon Hopkins - 12/1
Savages - 12/1
James Blake - 20/1
Jake Bugg - 33/1
Rudimental - 33/1
Villagers - 50/1

Clash recently contrasted the Barclaycard Mercury Prize with its Canadian counterpart, the Polaris Music Prize. What lessons can we learn? Find out HERE.

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