When pulling together a Football Accumulator, the main place to start is by familiarising yourself with betting statistics. There are many different websites that are easily reachable, they compile information that is always highly beneficial when compiling an accumulator. The main trends to look for particularly would be recent form (last 5/6 matches), recent trends (e.g. how many times BTTS or % of the number of times that over 2.5 goals landed in their last 5/6 matches) and league table position).
There are many different routes that can be gone down when pulling together an accumulator. A lot of the time, bookmakers and punters alike will try to stick to generic accumulators like over 2.5 goals, BTTS & match result. However, to really get the best out of your accumulators long-term, it’s definitely worth broadening your horizons into lesser used markets. There are many different variations of bets to consider when pulling together an accumulator to give you a bit of added security in a larger-odds bet. Certain examples of this include Draw No Bet or Asian Handicap when placing a result acca or by using the goal line when betting on the over 2.5 market. Both are ways of giving you the safety net of a possible void if your bet isn’t a winner – for example, a draw when backing a Draw No Bet selection.
Don’t get me wrong, a bigger market such as BTTS or Over 2.5 Goals would have far more stats behind it and therefore easier to find the value. These bets are also more commonly boosted by certain bookmakers, so it’s always worth checking for boosts or specials when considering a goals bet. You may stumble upon a bet that has already caught your eye earlier in the day and then get the opportunity to back it at what would usually be market best price.
Other great techniques include searching for teams who get a great benefit from playing at home or away. Sometimes a match will become far more favourable for a team and the market won’t have caught up yet. For example – a team could be sitting in mid-table playing a side near the bottom. The team near the bottom may be great at home and terrible away, sometimes you’ll find some great value in backing a team based on their current home form. On the flip side of this, it’s always good to keep an eye out for dominant teams playing away from home against struggling teams. Due to the fact the odds will be considerably better for them, as they aren’t playing at home.
Before you start picking out your selections for your accumulator, I suggest going through a list of the fixtures for the day and marking out the key games from your most visited leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A etc.). You’ll think that sounds crazy as you’ll completely fill your live score app or your word document, however you choose to keep track of these matches. However, you’ll then go onto whittling this vast number of matches into a smaller concise bunch to pick your accumulator from.
Some other key points to consider when pulling together your accumulator include: –
– Avoiding teams with such low odds that they’re addition to the accumulator would have no meaning, yet still running the slight risk of the selection not landing. E.g. A
selection at 1/100 (1.01) would have little to no effect on your returns and still has a slim chance of stopping your accumulator from winning.
– Number of selections being sensible – over time it would pay off far more to invest your money into low-fold accumulators, around about 4-6 folds instead of throwing your money at a 14-fold accumulator in hope of landing a massive return.
– As I said earlier around keeping your eye out for favourites playing at home. It’s always a good rule of thumb to keep the odds between 1.50 & 2.00. So, if a team that you’ve got listed down pops up with odds of around 1.75, given the stats you’d feel confident backing it on the back of their form, current situation and price.
Another great way that you can essentially protect or insure your accumulator is by using bonuses like Betfair Acca Edge or William Hill’s Acca Insurance. Both of which will refund your stake if just one of selections fails to win, thus given you added reassurance that your stake won’t be lost completely.