The Rolling Stones are on course to score their first chart-topping album since 1994 with Exile on Main Street.
The band have a narrow sales lead over dance act Faithless with their record, originally released in 1972 and now reissued with 10 extra tracks.
It is very rare for catalogue re-releases to crown the album chart, according to Music Week magazine.
The current number one album, Keane's EP Night Train, is expected to fall to sixth spot by Sunday.
Among the new albums in place to dethrone the Sussex band include records by The Baseballs and Band of Horses.
In the singles rundown, B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars is on course to top the charts after already achieving the feat in the US.
Catalogue titles have topped the album chart on previous occasions, but they have mainly been "best of" collections.
The most recent reissue to top the charts was The Travelling Wilburys in 2007, when their two albums were repackaged together.