Eurovision 2017 Odds: Bulgaria closes on Italy as other favourites drift

In just ten days time, the first acts will take to the Eurovision 2017 stage. The bookmakers look like they’re already confident in who will come out on top though: Italy or Bulgaria.

Since our last update on March 22, we’ve seen nearly all acts perform at pre-parties around Europe. We’ve had revamps, reworkings and even Russia’s exit — but the bookies top two remains the same.

Italy’s Francesco Gabbani has continued to see his odds shorten, from a best of 15/8 a month ago to 11/8 as of April 20.

His closest rival remains 17 year old Kristian Kostov of Bulgaria. In March, he was just narrowly ahead of Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson in the odds.

Now, Kristian has moved clear from third-placed Robin and in fact has closed slightly on Francesco. Best odds on Kristian are 13/2 at Betfred, with many agencies having him as low as 5/1.

With Russia’s exit, it’s possible that bookies are guessing that Kristian may be next in line to receive the diaspora votes.

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The top five countries remain the same, although with Portugal’s Salvador Sobral replacing Belgium’s Blanche in fourth place. Whilst both have drifted slightly, the bookmakers clearly take both as a threat for the win still.

Otherwise, very few countries have seen their odds shorten. Hungary’s Joci Papai stands out as one who has, with best odds of 50/1 at Stan James. Previously, Joci’s best odds were 80-1: still a long way out, but it’s positive signs for “Origo”.

Big fallers include Serbia and FYR Macedonia: previously, both traded around the 40-1 mark. Both now sit as far out as 200/1, again with Stan James. It’s worth nothing that many other bookmakers are keeping Tijana and Jana lower however, around the 25/1 to 33/1 region.

Eurovision 2017: Odds to win (19:00 CET, April 20)

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