Betting Odds

XTRA Odds: What do the bookmakers think? (13 April)

Eurovision in Concert took place last week and tomorrow it’s time for the London Eurovision Party. The biggest two preparties for the Eurovision Song Contest usually shake up the odds quite a bit, so it’s time for the second part of our series XTRA Odds!

How do these work?

Now, before we kick off with our analysis, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your odds, the higher the chance of victory.

A quick example: Currently, Switzerland are noted as third favourites to win. They have odds of 5/1. That means that for ever €1 you bet, you win an extra €5 if Luca Hänni does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Montenegro. D Mol find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 400/1. If D-Moll were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €400 for every €1 you bet.

Shortening and drifting

Bookmakers are out there to make a profit. That’s why the more likely events will pay out less than something rather unlikely. It’s important to note that bookmakers don’t just decide how to rate each song. They respond to what is happening. The flow of money is key here. If a lot of people start putting money on Cyprus to win, it will start shortening – once again, when people bet, it’s looking like a more likely event, so the odds drop. At the same time, if the money flow stops, odds will start to drift, as it seems less people believe in a certain event.

Obviously, betting agencies don’t just look at their own screens. They will always keep an eye out for the other bookmakers. They will then follow the trend, to make sure their own balance is fine. When looking at other factors, they will also take into account how the country has performed at Eurovision. That’s why you’re more likely to see Russia and Sweden up there than Montenegro and North Macedonia.

For our analysis of the betting odds, we’ll be looking at the odds provided by EurovisionWorld. We will use fractional statistics for the posts.

Analysis: 13 April

Since our first article on 20 March, The Netherlands have stabilised their first place with the bookmakers. Their odds have continued to shorten, with the countries following Duncan Laurence jumping back and forth. With over fifteen bookmakers being used by EurovisionWorld, it is a most reliable source for these rankings.

  • 🇸🇪 It is fair to say that Sweden are on a rollercoaster ride. From a stable third place after Melodifestivalen, John Lundvik slowly dropped down to seventh. However, the past few week has seen him win some ground again. “Too Late For Love” is now ranked fifth. Progress on the Swedish entry will be interesting to follow.
  • Position #2 is highly contested. Russia‘s Sergey Lazarev is still holding on to it, but he’s got the chasers on his tail. Luca Hänni from Switzerland already passed him for a short while earlier this week. Italy have, after a period of drifting, now found their way back up and Mahmood may just aim for that second place. We can’t rule Sweden out yet either. None of them seem to affect The Netherlands at the moment.
  • 🇦🇱🇨🇿 The Amsterdam preview party of Eurovision in Concert seems to be helping both Albania and the Czech Republic. There’s no surprise there for Jonida Maliqi, who also saw herself rise in the My Eurovision Scoreboard app. Many were surprised to see “Ktheju Tokës” ranked 36th in our first XTRA Odds article. It has now climbed to 27th. Lake Malawi have managed to climb into the bookies’ top twenty, with an 18th place at the moment.
  • 🇮🇱 This year’s host country Israel is on its way down with the bookmakers. It was ranked in the top twenty, but it is the biggest loser at the moment, going down by nine places, into 25th.

We recommend viewing the table below on a desktop computer.

CountryPosition changeEntryShortest oddsLongest odds
1. The Netherlands0Duncan Laurence – Arcade3/29/5
2. Russia0Sergey Lazarev – Scream5/17/1
3. Switzerland1Luca Hänni – She Got Me19/48/1
4. Italy1Mahmood – Soldi13/29/1
5. Sweden-2John Lundvik – Too Late For Love7/110/1
6. Iceland1Hatari – Hatrið Mun Sigra12/120/1
7. Cyprus-1Tamta – Replay20/113/1
8. Malta1Michela – Chameleon28/117/1
9. Greece1Katerine Duska – Better Love28/116/1
10. Norway-2KEiiNO – Spirit In The Sky25/150/1
11. Portugal0Conan Osíris – Telemóveis25/150/1
12. France1Bilal Hassani – Roi33/160/1
13. Slovenia1Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi33/190/1
14. Azerbaijan1Chingiz – Truth49/180/1
15. Armenia-3Srbuk – Walking Out33/190/1
16. Australia1Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity50/180/1
17. Denmark-1Leonora – Love Is Forever33/1125/1
18. Czech Republic4Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend50/1125/1
19. Belgium-1Eliot – Wake Up50/1125/1
20. North Macedonia0Tamara Todevska – Proud50/1125/1
21. Spain0Miki – La Venda50/1150/1
22. Germany3S!sters – Sister50/1150/1
23. United Kingdom0Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us50/1200/1
24. Estonia0Victor Crone – Storm50/1200/1
25. Israel-6Kobi Marimi – Home50/1200/1
26. Finland1Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away69/1250/1
27. Albania9Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju Tokës89/1200/1
28. Ireland-2Sarah McTernan – 2250/1275/1
29. Poland2Tulia – Pali Się (Fire Of Love)100/1300/1
30. Hungary0Joci Pápai – Az Én Apám80/1250/1
31. Romania-2Ester Peony – On A Sunday99/1250/1
32. Serbia5Nevena Božović – Kruna109/1250/1
33. Lithuania0Jurijus – Run With The Lions50/1300/1
34. Austria-6Paenda – Limits50/1250/1
35. Croatia0Roko – The Dream100/1250/1
36. Belarus-4ZENA – Like It100/1250/1
37. San Marino2Serhat – Say Na Na Na100/1300/1
38. Moldova-4Anna Odobescu – Stay100/1300/1
39. Latvia1Carousel – That Night100/1400/1
40. Georgia-2Oto Nemsadze – Keep On Going100/1500/1
41. Montenegro0D Mol – Heaven200/1400/1

Stay tuned!

We will be back with an update of the bookmakers’ odds next week after the London Eurovision Party. Many wonderful acts will take to the stage tomorrow night at Café de Paris in Central London. Will the intimate setting there impact some of the acts taking part?

Previous editions of the XTRA Odds:

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of 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!
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