It’s a country that’s only recorded two top ten finishes ever. But that could all be about to change as Lithuania has leapfrogged Italy to become the new bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision 2020.
Eurovision 2020 Odds: Lithuania favourite to win — 23 February
Since winning the newly revamped national selection — Pabandom iš naujo! — just over one week ago, The Roop have ridden a wave of hype. They broke local televote records, out streamed The Weeknd and Billie Eilish and stormed our favourite act so far poll.
And the betting markets are taking notice. The “On Fire” band currently sits atop Oddschecker’s odds comparison table. In a sea of blue — which means their odds are shortening — the Lithuanian outfit can be backed from as low as 6.0.
Other Eurovision 2020 betting favourites
But for one act to rise, another must fall. And whereas the Baltic nation is covered in blue, Italy’s odds are almost all coloured in red. That means its odds are starting to drift, with the bookies slashing their chances of winning.
Diodato and “Fai Rumore” can now be backed from 7.0 compared to 6.0 just a few days ago.
While remaining at third, Russia too is beginning to drift. Its odds have widened from 8.0 to 10.0. As of the time of writing, we remain in the dark about the Eurovision powerhouse’s selection process.
In an exciting development, Romania has shot up the rankings following the release of Roxen’s five national final entries on Friday. These will be narrowed down to just one on Sunday 1 March.
But punters are already rowing behind her, and she Romania can be backed from as low as 8.0.
The betting top five is rounded out by Sweden. As Melodifestivalen enters its final stages, Dotter is the favourite to represent the country. And while Romania’s climb has pushed the Scandi nation down one spot in the table, it’s odds are actually shortening with many outlets. The shortest available odds are 8.0.
The top ten is completed by Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal and Poland. Poland was just finishing its selection as this post went to press, so it may rise or fall in the next few hours — depending on the market reaction.
Eurovision 2020 Betting Odds — 23 February
- Lithuania 6.0
- Italy 8.0
- Russia 10.0
- Romania 8.0
- Sweden 8.0
- Malta 12.0
- Bulgaria 12.0
- Norway 10.0
- Portugal 14.0
- Poland 16.0
Odds correct as of 16:00 CET 23 February.
Update at 17:30 CET: Within an hour of publication, Romania has risen to third in the odds. Meanwhile, Poland has plummeted to 23rd.
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