Eurovision Song Contest Betting

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After Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, the 65th edition of the contest is due to be held on Tuesday 12th May 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands – The country which won the previous Eurovision contest.

The contest is watched by over 200 million people worldwide making it one of the most-watched shows of the year globally as music acts from various countries battle it out for the award.

As well as being extremely popular with viewers, Eurovision also attracts millions of pounds worth of bets. Several bookies such as the ones listed on bookmaker-ratings.com now take bets on the winner of the Eurovision as well as for ‘Top X Finish’ and the country to finish in last place. Betting markets usually open relatively early and you can often get big prices on certain countries before the bookies have had a chance to analyse the poll data which gives them an idea of how popular each countries songs are.

Eurovision Betting Tips

Picking a winner of Eurovision can be a tough task. The scoring of acts is often thought to be political and so what you may think be the best song, may not actually do very well. However, there are some Eurovison trends which may increase your chances.

1.Ireland Generall Do Well

Ireland have won Eurovision a total of 7 times since it was introduced in 1956 – More than any other country. They have also finished in second place four times.

2. Back A Song Sang in English

Songs which are sang in English generally do better at Eurovision. Thankfully, several of them are so you shouldn’t be short of choice.

3. Don’t back the UK

Despite winning the contest 5 times, the UK has performed extremely badly in recent years. In fact, they have not finished in the top 10 in any of the last 10 Eurovisions.

4. Songs performed later do better

The Eurovision is a long contest and so people tend to remember better the ones which have been performed later rather than earlier. If you’re betting during the contest, consider backing a country who have performed later in the final as these have received higher scores historically.

5. Russia Make A Good Each Way Bet

Despite only winning Eurovision once, Russia have finished in a high position consistantly in recent years. They have finished in the top 5 five times of the last seven and in the top 10 six of the last seven years.

CountryNo. of Eurovision winsYear They won
Ireland71970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994,1 996
Sweden61974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015
France51958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977
Luxembourg51961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983
Netherlands51957, 1959, 1969, 1975, 2019
UK51967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997
Israel41978, 1979, 198, 2018
Norway31985, 1995, 2009
Denmark31963, 2000, 2013
Austria21966, 2014
Germany21982, 2010
Italy21964, 1990
Spain21968, 1969
Switzerland21956, 1988
Ukraine22004, 2016
Azerbaijan12011
Belgium11986
Estonia12001
Finland12006
Greece12005
Latvia12002
Monaco11971
Turkey12017
Portugal12017
Russia12008
Serbia12007
Yugoslavia11989

Eurovision 2021 Odds

Several bookies are currently taking bets on the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest including Sky Bet, Paddy Power, William Hill, Betfair Sports, Betfred, Boylesports and more.

Below we have listed odds for some of this years’ top contenders.

  • Iceland 7/1
  • Lithuania 9/1
  • Sweden 9/1
  • France 12/1
  • Russia 14/1
  • Bulgaria 15/1
  • Italy 16/1
  • Norway 22/1
  • Finland 22/1
  • Romania 24/1

and the UK… 89/1

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