As you all know, my website is called WhatAcca.com and it therefore shouldn’t be surprising that so many readers want to place accumulator bets on a regular basis. However, I had an absolutely overwhelming reception to my Premier League Accumulator Betting Guide so I thought it made sense to add some more pearls of wisdom.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than a reader getting in touch to let me know about a bumper return that has been enjoyed betting an accumulator on football and this often refers to a Premier League multiple, with many punters most knowledgeable about this division and there’s a ready-made supply of stats to help make a profit.
Best Premier League Bookies
Therefore, without further ado, here are Jon’s ten ways to place a better Premier League accumulator. If you already do all of the below, then congratulations, you’re well on your way to becoming a better punter!
- Always Get the Betting Value at the Bookies
You might be surprised to find that the bookies all differ when it comes to the betting odds that they provide for the Premier League matches and it always pays to try and compare the latest prices and work out where to place your accumulator.
At the beginning of the 2020/21 football season, we visited our favourite four bookmaker websites and selected a five-fold Premier League acca with the following selections:
- Chelsea to beat Brighton
- Everton to beat West Brom
- Leeds to beat Fulham
- Manchester United to beat Crystal Palace
- Arsenal to beat West Ham
I came up with the following results:
- Betfred 7.87/1
- William Hill 6.73/1
- Bet365 6.29/1
- Paddy Power 5.92/1
As you can see, Betfred have made a statement of intent with their Premier League acca odds for the new season and a £10 stake would land a profit of £78.70, while the same bet with Paddy Power would yield just £59.20. We’re not having a pop at Paddy who are often best price but this is simply to highlight that having a number of bookie accounts is preferential.
Here are the leading bookies and what’s currently on the table
Welcome Bonus: £100 Bet Credits
Accumulator Offer: Acca Bonus up to 70% Extra on Winnings
Bookmaker: William Hill
Welcome Bonus: £30 Free Bet
Accumulator Offer: Acca Freedom – Choose Between an Acca Bonus and Acca Insurance
Welcome Bonus: £30 Free Bet
Accumulator Offer: Acca Insurance up to £10 as a free bet if one leg lets you down
Bookmaker: Paddy Power
Welcome Bonus: Risk-Free Bet up to £20
Accumulator Offer: Money Back as a free bet if one leg of your 4+ accumulator loses
2. Choose the Right Betting Markets
The most popular Premier League accumulator betting market is the WDW option where it’s a simple case of choosing either team to win or the draw. We’re fond of a Full-Time Result acca although punters should note that this is a three-way betting market and one way of getting around this issue is to bet on the Draw No Bet or Asian Handicap market instead.
For those that want a bit more of a “coin toss” situation, then I would recommend the Over / Under Goals and Both Teams to Score betting markets. In the case of the former, you simply predict whether a game will feature a low number of goals or a high number of goals. These goals can be scored by either team – it doesn’t matter.
With regard to the BTTS betting market, it’s another two-way market where you can choose from “Yes” or “No”. The advantage of this market is that “Yes” can land with a 1-1 draw while “No” can land with a 5-0 win, so there’s a different slant on things and it’s worth looking at the latest Premier League BTTS stats.
The Both Teams to Score market is a simple case of choosing:
- Yes – both teams will find the net in the match
- No – at least one team won’t score during the ninety minutes
The Over / Under 2.5 Goals market has the following options:
- Over 2.5 Goals – you want there to be three goals or more
- Under 2.5 Goals – you want there to be two goals or less
As you can see, the above two accumulator betting markets are two-way rather than three-way. When there can only be two possible outcomes, you’re immediately in with a better chance of winning with your Premier League acca and many of our tips will focus on these markets.
Here are a few more to consider;
Double Chance – the Double Chance market allows you to pick two of the three options on the Full-Time Result market, eg Home Team + Draw or Draw + Away Team. While the odds can often be short about these selections, they can multiply together in an acca to give you a nice return.
First Scorer / Anytime Scorer – it’s actually possible to place a Premier League First Goalscorer accumulator bet although this is clearly a risky bet even if you choose the hottest strikers in the top flight. Some customers will go for an Anytime Scorer acca and that simply involves your selected player needing to find the net.
Team Win to Nil or Team Win + BTTS – I often like to back a short-priced favourite to either win and keep a clean sheet or alternatively triumph with both teams finding the net. There’s the option to put these type of selections in your Premier League acca and hopefully reap the dividends.
3. Avoid Backing Outsiders In Your Acca
If you fancy a Premier League team to win at 5/1, then I would recommend simply sticking a tenner on them rather than adding to your accumulator.
You might think the price screams value although no bookie is going to put up 5/1 about a team that stands a serious chance of winning. We would instead advise you to go for shorter priced selections and maybe use a rule of thumb that you go for nothing bigger than 2/1.
4. Beware of Teams at Skinny Odds
Just like skinny dipping is a risky business, the same applies to backing teams who are trading at really short odds. Now if you are absolutely convinced that 1/4 Manchester City will boost your odds and you make them a 1/10 shot, then go ahead and fill your boots.
Just don’t come crying to me when they mess up your acca after Pep Guardiola decides to rest the entire first team ahead of a Champions League clash.
I can’t stress enough there is no such thing as a dead cert – if this was the case, then the bookies wouldn’t be offering punters the chance to bet on it. Don’t forget that bookmakers have sophisticated modelling software and a team trading at the ‘wrong price’ is hard to find.
5. To Cash Out or Not – That is the Question
My father always told me that hedges were for gardens but I’m not going to give you any grief if you manage to double your acca stake by cashing out your bet early. The bottom line is that a profit is a profit, although I’m going to let you into a little secret when it comes to bookmaker Cash Out offers for Premier League accumulators.
Here’s the secret – a bookie WANTS you to Cash Out your Premier League accumulator, even if it’s for a profit!
Mindblowing huh! A bookmaker actually hopes that you will come out of your acca rather than stay in the bet which you might end up losing. That is because their Cash Out offer NEVER represents value. It might represent a profit but it’s not a value when you consider how many legs of your accumulator have been won at that stage.
Here’s my take – you should rarely look to Cash Out unless you’ve changed your mind about the later Premier League acca selections that you made. There was a reason why you placed the bet and you’re better off winning some and losing some than taking small amounts when a slight profit is available.
6. Don’t Pick Too Many Teams!
Now and again, I see a winning 14-fold accumulator doing the rounds and it’s usually been sent by a bookie hoping to get some publicity after shelling out a small fortune on a winning accumulator bet. However, these winning bets are like finding a needle in a haystack and we would always advise you to limit the number of selections in your football accumulator.
Ideally, don’t go for more than six selections and make sure you have an equally strong opinion about each accumulator leg that you make.
7. Avoid the Draw Where You Can
If you’re going to bet on the WDW betting market with your Premier League accumulators, then I would advise including the draw for any of your selections. There might be a temptation to back a particular match to finish all square, although can you ever be confident that a game will be level at the final whistle?
If you think a particular game will be cagey, then it’s better to consider the Under 2.5 Goals or BTTS No betting option on your EPL acca rather than bet the draw. There’s a reason why you can generally get 2/1 or bigger about a match ending all square.
8. Consider the Asian Handicap Market
I know that the Asian Handicap isn’t the most straightforward of betting markets, although it regularly delivers value due to the tight bookmaker margins you get compared to other options. If you include Tottenham at 6/4 on your WDW footy acca, then you need Spurs to win the game.
However, if you include Tottenham 0 on the Asian Handicap at 10/11, then you would have this leg voided if the game was a draw, while you would win at the shorter odds should Spurs end up landing the victory. It’s possible to either have a Premier League Asian Handicap footy acca or alternatively mix and match different markets.
9. Land the Acca Bonus…
When I land a winning football accumulator, I want to maximise my returns and the best way to do this is to strike a Premier League multiple bet with a bookie that will add a nice healthy bonus on top of my actual winnings. It’s double bubble to not only beat the bookie but kick him when he’s down and bet365 have a great accumulator bonus offer.
Quite simply, my favourite bookie will start adding extra bonuses to your winning trebles and upwards, with bet365 adding 5% to winning trebles and you will be able to see the extra potential amount on the bet slip. There’s a 10% bonus for winning four-folds and 15% for six-folds, with a successful 14-fold or upwards leading to a 70% extra chunk!
10. …Or Get Yourself Some Accumulator Insurance
The big question is this. Do you go all out in search of a juicy accumulator bonus or alternatively, do you look to get some insurance on your side? Bookies such as William Hill, Betfred and Paddy Power have money back offers for Premier League accas and that means you’ll get money back should one leg of your EPL multiple bet let you down.
The choice is yours and the great news is that William Hill offer customers the best of both worlds – their Acca Freedom offer means either a bonus on top of your acca or money back should one leg let you down.
Example Premier League Acca
I generally try to avoid going for odds that are too skinny, although we all know that the Premier League features teams with massively varying quality. Therefore, if I set too strict a rule regarding the betting prices, then I’d rarely place a Full-Time Result acca when it comes to this football division.
At the beginning of the 2020/21 football season, I decided to have a little play at bet365 and put together the following acca:
Here are some reasons why I placed the above Premier League accumulator:
- I fancied all five teams to win their games – the most obvious reason!
- Four of the teams were playing at home which gave them an advantage
- Everton, Leeds and Arsenal all played well in their previous match
- Fulham and West Brom were poor in their previous match
- Odds of 7.31 indicate a nice potential return from our stake
- A £10 stake is a modest-sized wager in keeping with the start of the season
Learn more about my strategy and head over to read my article on how to build a winning acca.