2018 Eurovision Betting Guide - Odds, Offers & Free Bets
Eurovision betting is one of the most exciting reasons we love the world-famous competition. While the contest may be famous across the globe, the Eurovision bets are what stands out.
Eurovision Free Bets 2018
As we get closer to the competition, plenty of bookmakers will be considering those wanting to bet on Eurovision. When it comes to betting specials, there’s nothing better than taking a punt on Eurovision bets. There’ll be a whole load of bookies doubling up as Eurovision betting sites – particularly the week before the tournament. This is when free bets and promos heat up, and you find the most competitive betting odds. Even though we still have a while to go, there are Eurovision betting odds already available.
Best Eurovision 2018 Betting Odds
Europe’s largest music competition returns in May, held from the 8th to the 12th in Lisbon. Portugal took home the crown in 2017, 53 years after entering the contest and experiencing the competition’s longest winless run. First established in 1956, there are 43 countries competing for the title, which means a load of Eurovision betting odds. Plus, you’ve got Eurovision free bets that will help you make money without having to experience risks.
Already tipped as the one to watch out for when it comes to placing a bet on Eurovision, Israel are way ahead of the pack. Netta Barzilai is the country’s entry, producing a song inspired by the #MeToo movement and released on International Women’s Day. She’s, currently, placed at odds of 7/4, at the likes of Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. Coming a close second to Israel and hotly tipped as their primary rival is Estonia. The country hasn’t had the best track record in the competition, but their entry, Elina Nechayeva, has odds of 7/1 in taking home the crown. The Czech Republic is steadily climbing the ranks and is the, current, third. Their entry, Mikolas Josef, was asked to represent the country in 2017, and he’s finally said yes in 2018. If you’re looking to bet on Eurovision, his best odds are 7/1.
2018 Eurovision Betting Odds For Top 10 Countries:
- Cyprus: 11/4 (Sportingbet)
- Israel: 6/1 (Betway)
- Estonia: 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
- Czech Republic: 25/1 (Betfred)
- Belgium: 66/1 (Sun Bets)
- Bulgaria: 20/1 (Paddy Power)
- Australia: 100/1 (Bet365)
- Sweden: 16/1 (William Hill)
- Norway: 7/2 (Betfair)
- Netherlands: 150/1 (888sport)
- France: 13/2 (Unibet)
These odds, from a whole load of Eurovision betting sites, are placed on countries to win outright, but you can find a load more options with a little digging.
Eurovision Winner – Odds & Predictions for 2018
When it comes to Eurovision bets, you’ll want to keep your eyes on Israel. You can expect their entry to go big at the Eurovision Song Contest – particularly with a 21st century revamp of the Chicken Dance. It’s tipped as the favourite, bringing the ‘wacky’ back to Eurovision live betting and the like. The song was released in the week of International Women’s Day, and previews of the song saw the country’s odds slashed from 50/1, to 12/1 and, currently, 7/4. The country has won three times in the past, and they could well be on for the fourth.
10th May 2018 Update – All change in the Eurovision betting odds following Tuesday’s first semi-final
Tuesday’s opening semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest saw the betting market turned on its head. Long term favourites, Israel, have been knocked out from 5/2 favourites to 6/1 in the space of 24 hours.
Conversely Cyprus impressed the odds compilers and punters alike and an avalanche of money has seen their act contract into favouritism. 11/4 is the top price you will now find if shopping around. 25/1 was available just a week ago!
In all ten acts made it through to Saturday’s final, ten more will be chosen on Thursday while six acts – defending champions Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – are automatically fast-tracked into the final.
Of Tuesday’s nights successful semi-finalists five acts are now trading below 33/1 and therefore within the top-10 of the Eurovision betting, they are: Cyprus (11/4), Israel (6/1), Lithuania (14/1), Estonia (25/1), Bulgaria (25/1). But all is sure to change after Thursday’s second semi-final.
How to Place a Bet on Eurovision
If you’re watching the Eurovision song contest, chances are you’ll fancy a bet on Eurovision. The number of Eurovision bets available are massive, with Eurovision live betting and semi-final odds to boot. Firstly, you need to register an account with one of the many bookmakers doubling up as Eurovision betting sites. For example, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes are well-known for TV specials. Once you’ve got an account, you can place Eurovision bets. The most popular betting market is ‘to win outright’, referring to the country taking home the title. However, as the semi-finals start on the right, there’ll be plenty of Eurovision betting odds for those. Likewise, Eurovision live betting is big business for the bookies. You can bet while the contest is actually ongoing, with many bookies opening markets and offering decent returns for Eurovision live betting.
Before placing your Eurovision bets, we recommend taking a look at what the media is saying. Already, there is plenty of Eurovision tips as to who is going to take the top spot. The Eurovision betting sites will also be offering previews and guides to past performances for each country, as we get closer to the tournament. Another one of our tips is to know the running order of the final – particularly for to win outright bets. This is helpful when analysing the best Eurovision betting odds, as certain places mean more exposure.
Eurovision Sign Up Offers & Free Bets
Eurovision free bets are the bread and butter of the contest for punters. Eurovision free bets allow you to place bets that are, essentially, risk-free. Your most common Eurovision free bets are the ones that are offered as a welcome bonus. If you sign up with a bookie, they’ll give you a certain amount of free bets. You’ll have to follow the terms set out – typically involving placing Eurovision bets at specific odds, and then you’ll get your funds credited as Eurovision free bets. Most bookies will offer these types of bets, and you’ll see the bookies step up the pace the week before the event. However, the most common Eurovision free bet will be offered as you sign-up, and involves placing one bet – most likely on which country is to win outright.
Eurovision Specials Betting
Along with the standard ‘to win outright’ on the final day, and Eurovision bets for the semi-finals – there are plenty of Eurovision betting specials that can help you make your fortune. For example, betting on a country to end the contest with ‘null points’. You’ll find you can bet on all countries to come away with no points, but you want to be looking at the bottom of the leaderboard for these bets. You can even bet on the number of points the favourite will earn. Likewise, you can place money on the countries to reach the top five and top 10.
If you are looking for unique Eurovision bets, you’ll always find a good sense of humour at the likes of Paddy Power. In the past, the bookie has been known to allow bets on the most ridiculous performance… When it comes to this year’s entries, there are plenty of options to place that bet.