Putting together a football accumulator bet can be tricky if you aren’t sure on the league table at any given time. Why? The table is a great indicator of who is going to work harder to secure the three points on offer; it isn’t just an organised ranking of the competing clubs when you’re a betting person.
For example, Southampton are safely in mid table and are under no threat of relegation whatsoever when they head away to Huddersfield, who are in virtual free fall at the bottom of the table and are desperate for points to survive for another season in the Premier League – who’s going to work harder to try and win the game?
This isn’t to say that Huddersfield would win the game, just that they are very likely to press hard to get something from the game – this is where your giant killings and form upsets come from and you need to be in the know. Many managers have said there are no easy games in any of the English Football Leagues and they’re 100% right.
Even at the very bottom of the Football League, the likes of Notts County may not be winning games but they are pressing hard and usually nick a goal making them a prime candidate for a BTTS accumulator.
A word of caution, however, the tables are a good indicator of which way a result will swing – it’s not often that a team in the top four loses to another in the relegation zone but there’s some useful information aside of the placings and points totals.
For starters, there’s the form guide (WDL) that shows which sides are claiming a lot of draws to help boost their position and who’s on a winning/losing streak. The big example here is Middlesbrough who’ve drawn eight games, lost ten and won just four – the obvious thought no matter who they’re playing is a loss but eight draws suggests they could take a point from a side close by to them in the table.
The other key information on offer is goal difference. The tables show the average of goals for and against but it’s these two factors that are most important for goalscoring bets. Teams like Liverpool and Man City have scored more goals than any other sides in the league meaning you can happily back them to score at least one in each game but the goals against tally is vital for both teams to score bets.
Manchester City should probably be the first name on your BTTS acca thanks to a strong goalscoring record but a lousy goals against tally – Man City were letting so many goals in last season, but his side could really go into each game a goal down from kick off.
Using the tables to your advantage is a great way to construct a winning acca – use all the information wisely and you’ll be profiting heavily week in week out.