Eurovision Betting Update: Who’s hot and who’s not so far?

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We now know the names of half of the finalists who’ll be competing in Eurovision 2017, set to be held in Kiev, Ukraine this weekend. But what are punters saying? And how are we rating United Kingdom’s chances this year?

Here’s who’s hot and who’s not, according to the latest odds and where the money has gone so far…

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They might not be favourites to win this year’s competition, but Portugal are one of the biggest and most substantial market movers in recent weeks.

Despite being installed as 10/1 dark horses when the market first opened, they’re now as short as 15/8 to win Eurovision for the first time.

Clearly plenty of punters reckon Salvador Sobral will get the job done.

There’s also been some interest in Belgium (14/1) of late. They opened at 50/1 and were even 33/1 before their semi-final performance, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see their odds fall further over the next few days.

The favourites

Italy remain 4/5 shots to their first Eurovision in 27 years, although those odds have drifted in the last few days as the Italians were once as short as 4/6.

The rank outsiders

Poor old San Marino.

They’re as long as 500/1 to cause an upset in Ukraine this weekend, although they’re joined at the foot of the market by the likes of Lithuania, Malta and Spain (all 200/1).

In fact, a staggering 18 acts are priced at 100/1 or higher. Could there be a decent each-way shot in there somewhere?

What about the UK?

Don’t expect too much – that would unfortunately be our advice!

Granted, we have a great song and an incredible representative in the form of former X Factor star, Lucie Jones.

But we’re still 28/1 to win this year’s competition.

However, that hasn’t stopped patriotic punters getting behind the UK, and only Portugal, Italy and Bulgaria have been more popular selections.

In short, we’ll be paying out plenty if Lucie brings home the trophy on Saturday night!

Click here for a full list of Eurovision odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.