The Justice Collective favourite ahead of James Arthur for Christmas number one

X Factor winner James Arthur - second favourite for the Christmas number one with best odds of 5-1.
X Factor winner James Arthur - second favourite for the Christmas number one with best odds of 5-1.
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Leading online betting comparison site can reveal that the star-studded Hillsborough charity single remains the odds-on favourite to be crowned this year’s Christmas number one, despite the recent release of James Arthur’s debut single Impossible.

The Justice Collective, with their version of The Hollies 1969 hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, was introduced to the betting market on October 26 at an odds-on price of 4/7 and has continued to shorten, now at a best price of 2/7.

It will be released on December 17 and from the latest odds, the main competitor for the coveted Christmas number one will be X Factor winner James Arthur. With five out of the last seven festive chart-toppers deriving from the ITV talent show, it’s no surprise that James Arthur is second favourite behind The Justice Collective, currently available at a best price of 5/1.

Next in line is Gareth Malone’s The Military Wives Choir, at 20/1 to make it two consecutive Christmas number ones in a row, with their 2012 hit Stronger Together, whilst Gabrielle Aplin, who is the voice behind The Power of Love on the John Lewis Christmas advert, is also well fancied at 33/1.

One Direction will also be in the running this year with Little Things written by Ed Sheeran.

A reformed Girls Aloud will also give it a go with their Christmas entry Beautiful cos you love me, which will be released on December 17 and is currently available at odds of 50/1.

Less likely contenders come from PSY with Gangnam Style, which is 100/1 and X Factor judge Tulisa who is also at 100/1.

Artist and their best-priced odds (As of 1pm December 11)

Justice Collective (Hillsborough) 2/7

James Arthur 5/1

The Choir 20/1

Lucy Spraggan 25/1

Gabrielle Aplin 33/1

Clive Dunn 33/1

One Direction 50/1

Girls Aloud 50/1

PSY 100/1

Tulisa 100/1