Call of Duty is bookies’ favourite for Christmas No.1

Fancy a flutter on a Friday afternoon? Bookies Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have revealed to MCV their contenders for the best-selling game this Christmas.

Both firms are backing Activision FPS Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, with FIFA 13 the favourite for second place. Other potential winners include Wii U launch title New Super Mario Bros U, Medal of Honor, Assassin’s Creed and Halo 4.

Such is the hype and momentum behind Black Ops 2, Paddy Power is even taking bets on what will be Christmas No.2, favouring EA’s FIFA 13 at 4/9. The bookie is now taking bets through its website.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "It would be one of the upsets of the year if Black Ops didn’t land the top spot this Christmas."

Paddy Power is taking bets on the following:

1/20 Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
8/1 FIFA 13
20/1 Medal of Honour: Warfighter
28/1 Borderlands 2
33/1 World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria
33/1 Assassin’s Creed III
33/1 New Super Mario Bros. U

Or for those who want a bit more of a challenge, the COD-less odds are as follows:

4/9 FIFA 13
6/1 Medal of Honour: Warfighter
8/1 Assassin’s Creed III
16/1 World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria
16/1 Borderlands II
16/1 New Super Mario Bros.

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes is offering the following odds:

1/8 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
12/1 New Super Mario Bros U
14/1 Halo 4
16/1 Assasin Creed III
16/1 FIFA 13
25/1 LEGO Lord of the Rings
25/1 Hitman Absolution
33/1 Medal of Honor: Warfighter
33/1 WWE ’13
50/1 Just Dance 4
50/1 Football Manager 2013
50/1 Need for Speed Most Wanted
66/1 Far Cry 3
100/1 Madden NFL 13
100/1 Forza Horizon
100/1 Diablo 3
100/1 Resident Evil 6
100/1 Dishonored

Additional reporting by Christopher Dring

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