Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry

Gareth Purnell
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Eurovision 2014 starts today with a series of qualifying heats in Copenhagen, leading to the event proper on Saturday night.

Ireland has a great record with seven wins – more than any other nation – although they have not been successful since 1996. Traditionally patriotic Irish Eurovision punters appear to have abandoned this year’s representatives Can-Linn/Kasey Smith, with less than €1,000 placed on them with Paddy Power to win the show.

At this stage last year Tyrone man Ryan Dolan had already attracted over €10,000 in bets while on the Monday before the song contest in 2011, Jedward had an extraordinary €110,000 wagered on them to win the competition. Despite the lack of faith from Irish bettors, Ireland are as short 1/4 to navigate through the semi-final but remain amongst the outsiders for the competition itself at 50/1. They are even 3/1 to finish above the UK entry, who are 8/1 third favourites in the outright betting with the Irish bookmaker and 4/7 with SkyBet to finish in the top ten.

Armenia remain the favourites at 2/1 with what’s described as a ‘raucous ballad’, with Sweden considered their nearest rivals at 11/4. Hosts Denmark are at 8/1 while Norway are also amongst the frontrunners at 10/1. Spain (66/1 with Boylesports) and Germany (125/1 with Bet365) are two outsiders said to have a squeak at big prices. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Normally the only thing we fear more than an Irish win at the Eurovision is the return of Lordi. However, this year with punters throwing their hard earned elsewhere we are able to give the Irish act our full support without the fear of a spanking!”


Manchester City look certain to win the title following Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace and they look likely to put on a show for their fans and secure things  for certain against Aston Villa tonight. With the pressure off having survived relegation, Villa manager Paul Lambert is likely to tell his players to express themselves and that could lead to plenty of goals. Villa are as big as 20/1 to win, but over 3.5 goals looks the wager at 5/6 with several firms.

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