Head to the “Soccer” section of the bet365 website and tell me what you see. Initially, there might be an Elite Euro List, a UK List or a Premier League coupon. However, as you scroll down the page, you can click into leagues such as Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A should you want to bet on German, Spanish or Italian football.
As you continue to scroll down, there are some more obscure European football leagues before the menu branches out into other continents such as North America, South America, Asia and Africa. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful football competitions that you might not have heard of.
However, one thing’s for sure. There are potential winners around every corner at a bookmaker website. You don’t have to be an expert on Dutch football to place a winning acca on the action. Nigerian football might not be your bag although there are still teams who are going to be settled as winners by the bookies.
The aim of this article is to look at which football leagues provide the most value when it comes to accumulator betting.
What is Accumulator Value Betting?
There’s a lot of talk about getting the “value” when it comes to betting but what exactly does this mean? One way of explaining things is making sure you get the best possible odds and that the price you are getting for a football acca accurately reflects the chance of this bet winning.
One way of making sure you get the best accumulator betting value is by opening accounts with a number of different bookmakers. We’ve established that they all have different prices and there can be a real world of difference between the odds of each acca so you’re effectively short-changing yourself by only betting with one bookie.
Which Football Leagues Have the Biggest Odds?
As a general rule of thumb, the biggest prices are available for the most popular football leagues such as the following:
English Premier League
Spanish La Liga
Italian Serie A
French Ligue 1
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
The bookies know that they need to be competitive on price for the above competitions due to the fact that customers regularly bet on these markets. We’re all pretty savvy when it comes to securing the biggest prices and so you’ll find the layers betting to competitive margins.
The flip side is that you’ll do well to gain an edge over your favourite bookmaker when it comes to the English Premier League. The bookies have so much information and stats when it comes to the leading football leagues that getting the bigger accumulator prices doesn’t necessarily equate to securing the best value.
If You’re Going to Choose Popular Leagues, Bet Early!
We know that many readers like to stick to the football leagues that they know. It makes sense to do a Premier League accumulator if you’re planning on watching several games over the weekend or at least following the action on Soccer Saturday. However, did you know that the bookies often go live with their betting odds several days before kick-off?
At the start of the Premier League season, you could actually bet on the Game Week 2 matches before the Game Week 1 games had been played. So it was possible to bet on Liverpool to beat Chelsea before they had played Leeds or alternatively punt on Everton to beat West Brom before they won at White Hart Lane.
Therefore, it often pays to jump on the prices of certain teams and pop them in an acca before the bookies start to adjust the odds. If you can back a side at evens before the world and his wife jumps on the price, then you can bump up your acca significantly compared to those who bet an acca late and have to take adjusted odds.
Become an English Lower League Football Acca Expert
A lot of my friends call me a football geek and that doesn’t just apply to the Premier League where anyone can tell you Liverpool are a good team, West Ham are always mediocre and Crystal Palace never score enough goals. However, what do you really know about Tranmere Rovers, Mansfield Town or Exeter City?
Let’s not forget that the bookies offer betting odds when it comes to the Championship, League One and League Two. In addition, the likes of bet365 will allow customers to bet on competitions such as National League, National League North and National League South. Now they might have an idea about these divisions but nothing like the data that’s available for the English top flight.
Therefore, if you’re wanting an English football accumulator at the weekend, confining it just to the Premier League means you’ll have limited options and many teams will be trading at heavy odds-on. However, by opening up your knowledge to include the three other tiers of professional football, you have a massive coupon from which to choose.
You might be surprised by what can be achieved by doing a bit of research and keeping abreast of the latest results up and down the country. The bookies are ultimately not as bothered about their lower league English football accumulator prices due to the fact that less customers will place bets on Salford v Plymouth.
In the Championship, League One and League Two, you’ll also find selections at the sweet spot odds which keeps me happy. There are a host of sides who trade between 4/6 and 6/4 and a few of those loaded into an accumulator betting slip can make for a very tidy return.
Check Out the Europa League Betting Options For Your Acca
When it comes to the UEFA Champions League, we know that every team is going to be at their most competitive, aside from the ones who have already qualified from the group stage and might have the odd dead rubber match where they will field a bunch of reserve players.
However, the Champions League’s little brother is a different matter. The Europa League has long been a source of fascination for me due to the fact that you’ve got a colossal group stage packed with teams from all over the continent. This immediately means there are lots of matches that are taking place simultaneously on a Thursday – ideal for placing a football accumulator bet.
Not only that, but there are several teams in the Europa League who don’t really care that much for the competition. Let’s face it, the Champions League is where the big Spanish, English, Italian and German clubs want to be. A poor domestic season might mean they are in Europe’s secondary competition although the manager will regard this is a hiatus.
Therefore, if a team such as Manchester United, Lazio, Bayer Leverkusen or Sevilla are involved in the Europa League on a Thursday before a crunch domestic clash on a Sunday, this is where it can often pay to oppose them with your accumulator betting.
Final Thoughts on Getting Accumulator Value
Like beauty, betting value is very much in the eye of the beholder although the best way to judge accumulator betting value is how many times you win when you place a 10/1 accumulator bet. If you place a £10 accumulator at 10/1 on ten occasions, you will have staked £100. Therefore, you only need to win ONCE in order to make an overall profit (£10 staked at 10/1 = £100 profit + £10 stake back).
You can mix things up by trying out football accumulator bets on different leagues to work out how you’re faring with each competition. It might be that you’re always really close when betting on the German Bundesliga but nowhere near when it comes to working out the form of Spanish La Liga.
Please be aware that you are going to lose with several football accumulator bets irrespective of what football leagues you choose. The nature of the beast is that an acca is generally a long shot and that even applies to a treble unless you’ve picked teams at particularly short odds.
The trick with accumulator value is not to expect a profitable return every single time but make sure that you bag the most profit every time you win. For me, what’s worse than losing a bet is actually winning a wager and not getting the maximum return due to betting with the wrong bookie and getting worse odds or failing to land a particular acca bonus.
You should also consider alternative markets to Full-Time Result, especially if you can get hold of football stats for a league where you have a strong indication of the percentage of times that a team is involved in Over 2.5 or Under 2.5 games. Hard work often pays off with betting and I always put plenty of research into my tips which should apply to any punter worth their salt.