The odds on Laura Mvula to be crowned this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize winner have plummeted - and bookmakers now make her favourite to win the coveted award.
The Birmingham soul singer's album Sing To The Moon, which made the top ten in the UK charts, is rated ahead of Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie, according to bookmaker William Hill.
William Hill described the shortening of Mvula's odds as the "biggest price move in the history of betting on the prize" and her debut album is now 5/2 favourite to win on Wednesday (October 30).
"We have been betting on this award for two decades and nobody can remember a price move like it," a William Hill spokesperson said. "It looks like the market underestimated her and if she goes on to win we are going to have a shocker."
Disclosure's debut album 'Settle' is second favourite, while Bowie's acclaimed comeback The Next Day is third favourite.
Mvula, who graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire, was hailed as one of the highlights of this year's Glastonbury festival and has supported Prince, been named as one of Britain’s Leading Ladies in a campaign by Marks and Spencer and earned four Mobo award nominations.
The winning Mercury album will be announced in a ceremony in London on Wednesday and the event will be covered live from 9.30pm on More4 , with an announcement also being made on Channel 4 at 10pm.
- The latest William Hill odds for the Mercury Prize.
5/2 Laura Mvula
11/2 David Bowie
8/1 Laura Marling
10/1 Arctic Monkeys
10/1 Jon Hopkins
16/1 James Blake
25/1 Jake Bugg