Showbusiness By Joe Crilly

COD To Trump FIFA Again – Is Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Stranglehold Over?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare recaptured the top spot in the gaming charts and according to the betting, it is running away with the race for Christmas number one video game. William Hill offers 2/5 that the COD stable capture the Christmas number one spot for the third year in a row. FIFA 17 is in second place in the betting at 7/4 and could well sneak the top spot, however it looks like a straight race between the two with FFXV the third favourite all the way out at 12/1.

 “It looks like a straight shootout between COD and FIFA, as it has been for the past couple of years and Activision look to once again have the march on EA,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

 It is once again Mrs Brown’s Boys that is the favourite to be the most watched TV show of Christmas Day with William Hill making it 7/4 just ahead of the Strictly Christmas Special at 2/1.

 “Mrs Brown’s Boys has won the race the last couple of years to be the most watched show but this year, the success of Strictly and the fact that this is the last GBBO on the beeb means that one of these two could steal the crown,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

 Christmas number one video game: 2/5 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare; 7/4 FIFA 17; 12/1 Final Fantasy 15; 20/1 Battlefield 1; 20/1 South Park; 33/1 F1 2016; 33/1 Forza Horizon 3; 33/1 Watchdogs 2; 100/1 Mafia III

 Top Christmas TV programme: 7/4 Mrs Brown’s Boys; 2/1 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special; 4/1 The Great Christmas Bake Off; 6/1 Call The Midwife; 8/1 EastEnders; 10/1 Frozen; 16/1 The Queen Christmas Speech (BBC only); 20/1 Doctor Who; 25/1 Coronation Street; 25/1 Maigret’s Dead Man; 33/1 Paul O’Grady: For The Love Dogs; 40/1 Queen’s Christmas Speech (ITV only); 50/1 Emmerdale; 50/1 Lion King; 80/1 Top of the Pops