Christmas is only a fortnight away and there will be the usual betting activity surrounding traditional happenings such as will it be a white Christmas and what will be the number one record?
There is only one winner in the latter category and that is the X Factor song to be revealed this Saturday.
The X Factor has provided the number one for the last four years and bookies have stopped quoting odds, preferring to set a market without The X Factor number.
Paddy Power quote Rage Against The Machine at 2-5, in the ‘without’ market and this has has been backed in from 7-4.
There are those keen to stop The X Factor steamroller but the power of television and Simon Cowell will see them off.
Young Joe McElderry will be the likely chanter of the song as everything has been teed-up for him to win The X Factor final the although it all depends on public voting.
Joe has what it takes to attract the public, such is his talent and image as a potential pop star and it is him whom the judges want to succeed.
A price of 4-9 tells its own story but he will be pushed hard by the other two, Stacey Solomon and Olly Murs who is 4-6 favourite to be the next eliminated.
Stacey (9-2) has a brilliant chance but Cowell and co do not want another female winner but again the public might have other ideas.
A straight forecast of Joe and Stacey is on offer at 6-5 and that should be taken.
As for a white Christmas, it is not expected to happen in Belfast with Paddy Power quoting Aberdeen (3-1) and Glasgow (9-2) as the most likely British cities to experience nature’s ‘dandruff’.
Dublin is the same price as Glasgow while London is 6-1.
World wide, the money should go on Chicago at evens or Boston at 11-10. The latter often gets snow alerts at this time of the year but Chicago is expected to experience severe snow storms over the next few days and it is more than likely, there will be some around on the 25th.