What is an accumulator?
Accumulators are the promising holy grail of football betting. From my time in the bookies I know two crucial things. Firstly, they very very rarely come in, and secondly, the more teams that are chosen the even more unlikely it is the bet might win. It works on the principle of bundling odds together to create a superbet with huge rewards if it pays off and all predictions are accurate.
I generally stick with the simple win lose draw market, however there’s also:
Goals – under 1.5/over 2.5 etc
Both teams to score, sometimes with match winner
Both score no draw, (hugely popular William Hill coupon)
Why do people chase this market?
Because it is hugely profitable if all goes well.
Simply predicting the outcome of four or five (the optimum number to choose) games seems easy, however, is always proven difficult.
Especially with regards to the premier league, where every game is a challenge and in the true spirit of democracy, any team could always beat any other.
On the opening weekend of the premier league the vast majority of punters would expect the top six sides to collect all three points available to them.
Arsenal to beat Leicester
City to beat Brighton
United to beat West Ham
Tottenham to beat Newcastle (I bet on Newcastle, harking back to the 5-1 defeat that saw them finish third in the Leicester season, plus I think Rafa is a genius)
Liverpool drawing with Watford was a surprise, but not quite the upset that Burnley, whose home strengths are abundantly clear, beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, makes for possibly the biggest opening day upset in prem history.
To find the upset and have it on your accumulator is to find the golden goose, the needle in the haystack, the Burnley to beat Chelsea.
Online betting has revitalised the acca, as cash out options mean you can collect the winnings accumulated thus far, as oppose to waiting for the nail biting bitter end to discover if all the selections have come through. Here it makes sense to go for a lot of selections, as long as you keep an eye on incoming results.
I used one of my free bets from Coral (promo for signing up on their website) to put this accumulator on.
My rationale was that if Burnley can beat Chelsea at home, as can Everton (whom I foolishly did not realise were riddled with injuries). At 7/1 this was the longest of all my odds and the upset selection that made the bet so valuable.
Ladbrokes offer “Acca insurance” whereby you get your stake back if one team lets you down, however their online cash out options are terrible, so unless you’re prepared to forego that opportunity, don’t bother. Sky bets cash out, is conversely, brilliant.
This market continues to elude me, but I shall continue to chase it, and hope to reap the rewards of my prescience.