• Dale Roberts

Birmingham now betting favourite to host Eurovision 2023


During the last week there has been some significant moves in the Eurovision 2023 host city betting odds.


Glasgow have been heavy favourites since the United Kingdom was first mentioned as a potential host in June and then confirmed last month.


However, in the last week Birmingham has taken over in some markets and now leads in the Betfair and Sky betting at 2.50 and 2.00 respectively.


In those markets Glasgow is second on 3.00 while Liverpool (6.00 and 5.50) has overtaken Manchester (6.50 and 7.00) as third favourite.


Birmingham does have a lot going for it, it has two different arenas to offer up as potential venues for the contest, with both able to hold over 15,500 spectators each.


The Resorts World Arena also has the National Exhibition Centre next to it which would be an ideal venue for the press centre and delegation bubble.


Additionally, the city is currently hosting the Commonwealth Games and did host Eurovision the last time it was in the UK back in 1998.


However, the betting surge may be because of the Commonwealth Games effect and being the last city to host, many would argue, would work against the city.


It must be noted in other markets, particular betting agency SMarkets, Glasgow remains the heavy favourite at 1.88 with Birmingham second on 5.70 and Manchester third on 6.40.


Currently 17 cities have shown interest in hosting the Contest.


BBC has stated that a decision will be made in the "autumn", which is somewhere between September and December.


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