Call of Duty gets bookies' nod for Xmas no.1

Ben Parfitt
Online betting site Paddy Power has released its odds on the race for the coveted Christmas number one game – and has sensibly backed Activision-Blizzard’s upcoming Call of Duty: World at War for the win with odds of 3/1.

Other favourites include EA pair FIFA 09 and Need for Speed, which command odds of 4/1 and 5/1 respectively. Fellow contenders include Microsoft’s Gears of War 2 and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 at 8/1 and LEGO Batman at 14/1.

As usual, however, some curious entries have made it into the listing. The currently Japan-only Wii release of Resident Evil Zero stands out a little awkwardly, whilst the long odds of 40/1 and 20/1 on Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit respectively has got the MCV office talking.

And whilst Resistance 2 creeps in there with odds of 8/1, the exclusion of LittleBigPlanet is certainly a surprise.

Paddy Power’s current odds (as of Nov 4th 16:00):

Call of Duty: World at War – 3/1
FIFA Soccer 09 – 4/1
Need for Speed Undercover – 5/1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 – 8/1
Resistance 2 – 8/1
Gears of War 2 – 8/1
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 – 10/1
Guitar Hero World Tour – 12/1
Quantum of Solace – 12/1
Far Cry 2 – 14/1
Lego Batman: The Videogame – 14/1
Fable II – 16/1
Fallout 3 – 16/1
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows – 18/1
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – 18/1
Wii Music – 20/1
Rock Band 2 – 20/1
Wii Fit – 20/1
Tomb Raider Underworld – 33/1
Sonic Unleashed – 40/1
Mario Kart Wii – 40/1
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe – 50/1
Grand Theft Auto IV – 50/1
Wii Play – 50/1
Legend of Spyro: The Dawn of the Dragon – 66/1
SingStar ABBA – 80/1
Halo 3 – 80/1
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance – 80/1
MotoGP 08 – 100/1
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels – 150/1
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – 150/1
Monopoly – 150/1
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – 150/1
Resident Evil Zero – 250/1

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