Eurovision betting: Italy pull away as frontrunners; France and Malta drift

 Eurovision betting: Italy pull away as frontrunners; France and Malta drift

I’ve been OBSESSED with Destiny‘s semi-final performance for Malta over the past week but as many will know by now, she is no longer the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision on Saturday – she has in fact drifted to third.

Italy’s Måneskin – whose Zitti E Buoni is already a huge hit in their homeland – are the favourites now to take the prize, and their odds are still shortening with several bookies. In fact, SkyBet have them as low as 2/1.

France’s Barbara Pravi remains very high in the mix; she’s currently in second (3/1 with SkyBet) though her odds are lengthening with most bookmakers. Destiny is now on 6/1 in third.

Someone else whose odds have drifted somewhat compared to a few weeks ago is Gjon’s Tears of Switzerland: Tout l’Univers is now fourth favourite with 7/1 odds, but there has been a minor rebound over the last couple of days.

The Ukraine are fifth favourites (ahead of Switzerland with a couple of outlets); and the Top 10 is completed by Iceland (12/1), Finland (28/1), Portugal (33/1), the Flo Rida-equipped San Marino (33/1) and Bulgaria (40/1). That latter one is a remarkable fall considering Victoria was the early favourite back in January.

Sweden, Cyprus and Norway follow; while the United Kingdom are in 19th place with bookies (300/1). See the lot here.

The running order has now been revealed for Saturday’s final, and Italy will certainly be fresh in voters’ minds when the lines open: they’ll be on 24th (out of 26). Malta meanwhile have been cursed with a relatively early slot (they’re up 6th) and France’s Babs will be on 20th. The UK have the 9th spot.

Shaun Kitchener

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Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.