Eurovision 2018 Semi-Final 1 Previews and Tips

With Eurovision approaching, we give you some tips for the semi-finals, starting with Semi-Final 1.

Fri, 20 Apr, 6:04 PM

Israel to win Semi-Final 1

Bets have been flying in for Israel to win Eurovision since the turn of the year, making it rather surprising you can back them at 6/5 to win the semi-final. Portugal won the first semi-final in 2017, before completing the double and winning by a distance on the main day. The Israeli song has now clocked up 14 million Youtube plays, and has had dominated the early Eurovision betting.


I very much doubt the $2.20 will be around for very long, given their price to win the whole competition and the popularity of the song, I’d say this price represents good value.

Ireland are a massive 250/1 to win Eurovision, but despite that huge price, I believe they’re a solid bet to qualify from their semi-final at $3.20*. Luckily, for the Irish, both UK and Spain will be voting in their semi-finals, are famously generous to Irish acts.


Ireland also historically poll quite well with Switzerland and Austria who are both voting in their semi-final. Being drawn to perform in the 2nd half is also another massive bonus for the Irish.

I’ve tipped Cyprus as an each-way fancy to win the whole competition, and I’m also having a small flutter on them winning the opening semi-final. They’re $1.40 to qualify, but yet remain a massive 66/1 shot to win the competition. Unfortunately, I can’t take the 66/1 as the bookie in question aren’t offering an each-way option, instead I’m settling for 50/1, with three each-way places.


Cyprus will be the third last act to perform on the night, a position they would have likely picked if they had the opportunity. Also, a lot of countries they normally poll with will be voting on their side of the draw. Greece, Spain, Armenia and Ireland have all been generous to the Cypriot’s in the past.


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