Some movement in the betting odds, Denmark still on top

by Juha Repo 387 views

There has been some changes in the betting odds for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest since we last had a look at the compiled rankings.

It is natural for the odds to go up and down in the run-up to the contest, when more people get to hear all the songs, watch the preview videos and put money on the ones they think will win.

The odds are not reflecting just what the betting agencies think is going to be the result in Malmö in May, but also when big or numerous bets get placed on certain entries their odds will shorten, and they will go up in the overall ranking.

Just yesterday (Wednesday) the second place in the overall rankings, as compiled by sites like Oddchecker, was taken by Ukraine for the first time. Denmark, who have been on the first place for a good while now may indeed soon lose that position.

Norway is now on third place, with Russia following on fourth place with Netherlands in fifth place.

Not many punters are willing to put any money on FYR Macedonia, Latvia or Lithuania winning the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and therefore these countries are now on the bottom of the current ranking (25 April).

As for what the betting people think will qualify from the semi-finals, the current 10 are leading the bets for the first semi-final:

Denmark, Russia, Ukraine,  Serbia, Netherlands, Belarus, Ireland, Moldova, Austria and Croatia.

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The 10 countries with the lowest odds (and the ones punters think will qualify) from the second semi-final are Norway, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Greece, Malta, Israel, San Marino,  Armenia, Albania and Finland.

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When the rehearsals start in Malmö in just over two weeks, there will probably be loads of betting activity and the odds will probably look very different.

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