If you look which songs are favoured to do well and those which are not at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Ireland isn’t in the bookie’s reckonings.
The country which has won the contest more than any other, with seven trophies to its name, does have odds of 33/1 to win their semi final with one of the major bookies but that just happens to be the Irish one, Paddypower. The same bookie has another bet on when Ireland will next win the contest and between 2015 and 2020 you can get 18/1.
It seems too early for many of the sites to give odds on a Top Ten placing but Betfair have them at 18/1 which doesn’t give much confidence on their results going forward, whereas the countries at the top of the bookie’s expectations are Sweden at 1/10 and Russia at 1/6.
As for who will win the trophy this year, Ireland’s lowest odds are 50/1 from several sites and the highest, 125/1, come from Stan James and Coral. Betting on Sweden won’t see you becoming wealthy if they do bring the contest back home.
What’s the best bet so far? Performance wise it looks like Serbia is being talked about by many fans as one of those that might surprise. Very soon we will find out!
Here’s Molly singing the Irish entry Playing with numbers