In perhaps one of the most surprising reactions to an entry’s selection so far this season, odds have been slashed across the continent on Portugal winning Eurovision, with the bet becoming one of the most popular bets to make worldwide on Oddschecker!
Salvador Sobral and his soothing “Amar pelos dois” has certainly captured the imagination of fans in Portugal and beyond, amassing a staggering 83 sets of 12 on our forum’s poll and becoming a firm fan favourite in the process.
To further solidify the new status as dark horse for 2017, Portugal winning Eurovision is currently the third most popular bet on Oddschecker, the popular gambling odds amalgamation site. Only bets on tonight’s Champions League match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich are currently more popular.
As it currently stands, Italy is still the major favourite for the title, and this is unlikely to change in the lead up to the contest at the moment – but it would certainly be a huge moment in Eurovision history if Portugal were to be the dark horse that finished first, as this would secure the first victory in 48 attempts at the contest for the Iberian nation!
Either way, it seems that in an increasingly expensive, flashy and overproduced contest, there may still be a place for a simple, classy song sung with passion and soul. Bravo Portugal!
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