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Eleni Foureira overtakes Netta as bookmakers’ favourite

The impossible seems to have happened. Netta Barzilai, this morning a clear favourite for Eurovision victory with the bookmakers, is no longer the clear #1. Bookmakers as Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill and Black Type have a new leader. Cyprus and Eleni Foureira are the new #1.

From 80/1 to 2/1

Ahead of the rehearsals, Cyprus were an outsider for Eurovision victory. Eleni Foureira found herself around seventeenth with Oddschecker before she made her way to Lisbon. Her odds moved around a possible offer of 80/1. The first rehearsal already showed a good climb for the Cypriot entrant. After the second rehearsal, “Fuego” became a top five contender.

Tonight, she managed to impress once more. The juries had a good look at the fiery performance Cyprus are delivering in Lisbon at the moment. Betters and bookmakers now believe that Eleni Foureira might just be the one to beat on Saturday.

Black Type and SportingBet

The first two bookmakers to put Eleni Foureira above Netta Barzilai were Black Type and SportingBet. With Israel at 2/1, Black Type now have Cyprus at 6/4. SportingBet on the other hand has “Toy” at 3/1 and “Fuego” at 11/4.

Other bookmakers are following the trend. Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral now all have a tie for the leading spot. However, we currently see a trend of drifting odds for Israel. The odds for Cyprus are only shortening and are changing by the minute. By the time we will wake up tomorrow morning, we might well see a new, general #1.

If Eleni Foureira were to win the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday, she would bring Cyprus their first ever victory in the contest. They had their début back in 1981 and have never managed to make it to the top three.

What do you think? Can Eleni Foureira take the trophy to Cyprus with her “Fuego”? Let us know what you think!

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

2 Comments

  1. Didn’t we have exactly the same pattern last year? It was Italy ahead until the rehearsals unfolded, then I think on this exact day last year Portugal moved ahead. The participant with the best video is overhauled by the song which has the biggest impact in rehearsals.

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