Odds Monitor: Norway gathers momentum towards top three

by Richard West-Soley 4,900 views

Alexander Rybak is hot on the heels of the top three favourites this evening, as odds on Norway winning the contest began to shorten today.
With Norway preparing to rehearse on stage for the first time tomorrow, the country’s rise pushes down competition from previous second and third favourites Bulgaria and Czech Republic. The latter edges slightly behind Estonia, which still retains a strong sixth favourite position.
Israel is still unshakeable as the favourite to win, followed a little way behind by France and Australia. Further down the top ten, the other notable movement is the replacement of Greece by Italy, with a slight shortening of odds on Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro to snatch the crown.

Top ten odds to win

Top ten odds to win stand as follows this evening:
  1. Israel
  2. France
  3. Australia
  4. Norway
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Estonia
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Sweden
  9. Spain
  10. Italy

Cyprus joins the pack leaders to qualify

Today’s rehearsals conclude the initial showing of songs from the first semifinal. Consequently, betters have the chance to rate all of the presentations against each other for the first time. While Israel and Czech Republic have led the pack from the outset, Cyprus seems to have caught the eyes of punters today. In bookmakers’ odds to qualify, the country shoots up to third favourite to pass, after a dynamic first outing on stage in Lisbon.
The full list of favourites to qualify from semifinal one, averaged across bookies, is as follows:
  1. Israel
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Cyprus
  4. Estonia
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Greece
  7. Austria
  8. Armenia
  9. Belgium
  10. Azerbaijan
  11. Lithuania
  12. Switzerland
  13. Finland
  14. Belarus
  15. Croatia
  16. Ireland
  17. Albania
  18. FYR Macedonia
  19. Iceland
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