Christmas Number One: Clean Bandit a short price to clean up

Can Clean Bandit be Christmas number one?
Can Clean Bandit be Christmas number one?

Clean Bandit have been top of the charts for six weeks and just one more will land them the prized number one spot at Christmas, but can they hold on?

"If Clean Bandit pull it off, it will be the first time since Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' cover of Mad World in 2003 that an artist has been number one at Christmas that isn't an X Factor winner or charity single."

With just under a week until Christmas, Clean Bandit are now the odds-on favourite on Betfair at 2/25 to be crowned Christmas Number One.

'Rockabye' earned the British band the top spot for the sixth straight week and means they are number one in the week before Christmas.

If Clean Bandit pull it off, it will be the first time since Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' cover of Mad World in 2003 that an artist has been number one at Christmas that isn't an X Factor winner or charity single. It will also be only the second time in 11 years that the number one single in the week before Christmas has kept the top spot.

Colm Rock, Novelties Trader for Betfair, said: "This market is always a volatile one with the X Factor Winner generally receiving a huge amount of support before the show even reaches the semi-finals and Matt Terry has accounted for more than 20% of the bets this year, trading at a low of 8/11 in November. But Clean Bandit have been backed off the books this week and are now a 2/25 shot which equates to around a 93% chance of becoming Christmas Number One.

"However, in the last 10 years, the only time a single that was at number one a week prior to Christmas went on to become Christmas Number One was Ben Haenow in 2014. So, despite things looking all wrapped up for Clean Bandit, there may well still be a chance for Rag 'N' Bone \man at 10/1 or the second most backed single in the market; Friends of Jo Cox at 25/1."

Betfair to commit £10k to Jo Cox Foundation

Betfair will be joining William Hill in donating £10k of stakes from their Christmas Number One market to the Jo Cox foundation.

Katie Baylis, Spokesperson for Betfair, said: “Friends of Jo Cox is the even money favourite in the market having ousted Matt Terry from the top spot after a surge in support in recent days. We are delighted to be able to donate £10k of stakes from the market to the work of the Jo Cox Foundation.”

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