Williams is holding off the Irish group's challenge for the UK singles top slot - but only just...

ROBBIE WILLIAMS and U2 are in a head-to-head battle for this week’s Number One spot, in what is turning into one of the closest chart battles of the year so far.

According to initial figures based on record sales yesterday (July 16), Williams, who is currently at Number One with his double A-side single ‘Eternity’ / ‘The Road To Mandalay’, will remain at the Top Spot this coming Sunday (July 22).

However, U2 ‘s ‘Elevation’ single is currently the highest new entry at Number Two, having sold only 700 copies less than their chart rival.

A chart expert at Virgin Records commented: “U2 are really the only contender this week. They are only 700 copies behind. The other new releases don’t have much of a chance already.”

If the charts do remain the same it will be sweet revenge for Williams . Last year, his duet with Kylie Minogue, ‘Kids’, was beaten to the top spot by U2 ‘s ‘Beautiful Day’.

Other new releases inside the Top Ten are set to be from Sisqo, whose ‘Dance For Me’ track is currently at Number Seven, and Mariah Carey, whose song ‘Loverboy’ is at Number Ten.

Visit NME.COM again on Sunday evening to discover who has won the race to be Number One.