Bookmaker William Hill has made Foster and Partners' McLaren Technology Centre and the Brighton library, by Bennetts Associates and Lomax Cassidy & Edwards, joint favourites to scoop this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.
Both buildings have been given odds of just 5/2 to win the coveted award, a move which has surprised some critics, who touted the much-fancied Scottish Parliament building as the early frontrunner after the shortlist was announced yesterday.
However, William Hill is offering punters odds of 5/1 on RMJM and Enric Miralles' controversial Edinburgh project - the same as Zaha Hadid's universally praised BMW Central Building in Leipzig.
Meanwhile, it will not come as a shock that Will Alsop's Fawood Children's Centre has been made the rank outsider at a lowly 7/1.
Some observers felt the scheme in Harlesden, north London, was lucky even to make it onto the shortlist.
But those wanting to have a flutter may want to take a look at O'Donnell + Tuomey's Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork.
The Irish scheme offers excellent odds at 7/2 and has already been touted as the dark horse on the list by some of architecture's leading lights, including Richard Murphy.
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, the winner will be announced at an awards night in Benson and Forsyth's National Museum of Scotland extension in Edinburgh on 15 October.by Richard Waite