Weller in running for music prize
Paul Weller will take on past winner Dizzee Rascal and hotly-tipped acts such as The xx to claim the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
The award - to be handed out at a star-studded event tonight - is given to the outstanding album of the past year.
Weller, nominated for the prize for the first time in 16 years with Wake Up The Nation, had his odds slashed after a wave of hundreds of bets placed over the weekend.
Bookmaker William Hill, which now has the Modfather as 1-10 favourite, reckons it is based on hope rather than any inside knowledge.
"We feel that the gamble is based on a sentimental belief that Paul was robbed back in 1994 and the judging panel will attempt to right that wrong this year," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
Other hotly tipped nominees are London trio The xx, and Dizzee, who won the title in 2003.
The 12-strong shortlist features two bands which landed their first nominations five albums into their careers - Scots rockers Biffy Clyro and Manchester's I Am Kloot.
Nominees also include a couple. Laura Marling - shortlisted for a second time for latest album I Speak Because I Can - is dating Marcus Mumford, frontman of Mumford & Sons who are nominated for debut release Sigh No More.
Established names on this year's list also include Corinne Bailey Rae - whose album The Sea deals with how she coped following the death of her husband.
Kendal quartet Wild Beasts - noted for Hayden Thorpe's unusual countertenor singing voice - and Oxford's Foals are both shortlisted for second albums.