One of the best things about accumulator betting is that you always have the ability to mix which markets you bet on. The number of betting markets in the industry these days is astronomical, with the like of bet365 offering hundreds for each game.
But, there are some that I think are better to use for accumulator betting than others. This article will highlight seven betting markets that I think you should be utilising and finding great value from.
The win-draw-win market is easily the most popular betting market out there. It’s essentially choosing from a home win, away win or the draw.
It’s the market that I use the most, and those of you who follow my betting tips via email will know that it’s also the betting market that I’ve had the most success with over the years.
The reason why it’s so popular is probably down to its simplicity more than anything. I’m a big advocate in researching your betting tips prior to placing your bet and doing so for the WDW market requires much less time than most of the other markets.
The flip side of this is that often, especially with the higher profile leagues, the fine line behind a value bet and no-value bet is just that, fine! The bookmakers will be pricing this market with not much meat on, and any value that can be found is likely going to be subjective, rather than factual.
You will see that this market is the most common amongst bookmakers, in fact, literally every bookmaker will offer this market, providing they offer football as betting opportunity.
Both Teams To Score (BTTS)
The Both Teams To Score market is one that has soared over the last few years. I’m pretty sure it was Betfred that first introduced this market – at least it was Betfred who really started to market it – and from there pretty much all the higher end bookmakers now provide a comprehensive list of games for the BTTS bettors amongst you.
The concept of this is very simple, you just need to choose a game where you think both teams will score at anytime of the game. The result of the match is totally irrelevant and all you need is one or more goals from each team. You can, however, choose the BTTS ‘No’ option, then obviously you will not want both teams to score for this.
What I like about this market is that you don’t need to pick the result of the game to progress. Choosing a game like Swansea v Everton on the WDW market can be very tricky and often one that I would avoid due to them being so well matched.
I’m much more likely, if I was wanting to bet on this fixture, to look at the BTTS odds and see if I can find a better price for the outcome that I want. It also means that I done need to work out who might win, in fact, I don’t even care about the overall result, just that both teams grab at least one goal each, at some point in the fixture.
What you’ll find with the BTTS results are that they are priced around 1.60 – 2.20 as a rough guide for most games. This means that you don’t need to string many together to pick a winning accumulator bet.
If you want to learn more about this, then check out my how to win a BTTS acca article.
Win and Both Teams To Score
As an extension to the BTTS market a lot of bookmakers are starting to offer the ‘Win’ and Both teams to score. This basically means that you need to pick the winner of the game and for the opposition team to have picked up a goal somewhere along the way.
These markets are often much trickier to select and will likely be priced somewhere between the 3.00 and 10.00 range depending on how competitive the game is.
Bear in mind that for this you can select a whole selection of variations such as home win and BTTS yes, Home win and BTTS no, Draw and BTTS yes and so on.
The pricing means that you don’t need many to make a really good acca. Just three priced at odds of 5.00 each are going to give you a massively priced acca of 125.00. Take my word for it though, they are priced highly because they are tough to pick!
Over/under 2.5 goals
The over/under 2.5 goals market is another that I’ve been slowly integrating into my betting tips. I like this market because again, you don’t need to find a result, which is often tough enough as it as, and you just need to really pick out free flowing games.
The price is also something that I think is more favourable that a lot of WDW markets. For example, you may find someone like Chelsea at home to Sunderland with a home win being around the 1.40, which is something that I wouldn’t really consider due to the low price. But the odds of an over 2.5 goals result is likely going to be around the 1.80 mark, which is much more appealing and also just as likely in my opinion.
What I will say is that for these markets I tend to stick with the over 2.5 goals. I just find it easier to negotiate the research for this rather than looking for the lower end games.
I’ve written a whole article on these types of bets and how I go about executing a strategy to make my selections, if you want to learn more.
Any time goal scorer
This is a new type of acca that has been hotting up in the 2014/15 season I expect that trend to continue in the coming seasons. For these you need to make your selections from players that you think will score at any time in the game.
I’d say for these types of acca’s you should be looking at picking the top or near top priced player for each. It’s likely you are going to find odds of around even money for each teams top scorer to score at any time, so you don’t need an awful lot of picks to make a healthy acca.
I’ll add that these types of bets aren’t something that will be a stable from me in terms of my picks, more of a bit of fun than anything. This is mainly due to the likelihood of picking a player from multiple games.
Either way, it will be something that I’m going to be keep an eye out for this season and you can monitor my progress via my betting tips, which are free when you subscribe to my mailing list.
The Asian Handicap is something that I am really excited about this season. I sampled a few accumulators with these types of bets in last season and they provide really good value.
For those of you who don’t know, the Asian Handicap basically adds a deficit or a head start to one team in the form of goals. The handicap is then calculated within the final result to provide you with your Asian handicap result.
For example, you may back a team with a +1.5 goal head start meaning that as long as they don’t get beat by 2 goals or more, will win the handicap.
Prices for these will vary, but they are a great way to get some of those solid favourites into your acca for a much more appealing price, compared with the original WDW price.
Check out my full guide on Asian Handicap for accumulator betting.
The double chance market means that you can either take home win and draw results or away win and draw results. This gives you two opportunities for your selection to be successful.
The downside to these is that they are much lower odds than picking from the WDW, this is because you essentially get two ways in which you can win (either outright win or the draw will be a successful result).
It’s for this reason that you may want to add more selections than normal to your acca to increase that overall pay out.
Let me know in the comments which markets you will be using this season and which you’ve had most success with.