You are better off betting on single events, or having a win double or trouble. I still undertake accumulators. I love the challenge and the suspense waiting for all the games to finish. And I get some sort of perverse pleasure out of kicking myself when getting just one wrong.
Take a look at last Saturday. I decided upon a 4 teams to win acca that would return at odds of 10/1 or greater. For me, wins for Wigan, Derby and Nottingham Forest were never in doubt.
But which of the clubs I tipped up as single win bets should I add to that trio? Would it be Portsmouth playing away from home? Swindon, who seem comfortable on home territory. Or Sheffield Wednesday, who I strongly fancied to win at Middlesbrough?
Instead I plumped for Yeovil to win at home against promoted Scunthopre United, who had yet to acquire a point in League 1. Scunthorpe scored an 82nd minute equaliser and the match finished 1-1. Wigan, Forest and Derby did what I asked of them. They all won. It’s so frustrating when only one club lets down your accumulator. Had I chosen any one of the other three, it would have resulted in a nice early season winning accumulator.
But accas should be treated more as a fun bet. Some will pay off throughout the season, many will not. But when they pay off the returns can be big.
However, several single bets paid off for members of VG Tips who pay only £10 a month for regular racing and football tips.
It’s funny how often players score against their former clubs. There were a few instances of that across the divisions on Saturday. And I tipped one of them.
Michail Antonio is a player I have seen in the flesh, so to speak. An exciting winger too often played out of position by the former Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones. The former Reading player was sold to Nottingham Forest in the summer and began the season scoring goals for his new club. So, when he was due to face his former club Reading, I told members of VG Tips to get on him to score anytime, at odds of 4/1 with BetFred.
Members had to wait only 17 minutes for Antonio to get his first goal of a brace and my returns were in my account before the final whistle was blown.
Other winning bets included that win by Sheffield Wednesday at odds of 19/5. Portsmouth winning at odds of 6/4. Nottingham Forest to win at Evens. And odds on wins for Swindon and Derby at 4/5 and for Wigan at 4/9. Then, on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur went to the top of the Premier League after a comfortable win against QPR. Even at odds of 1/2, that turned out to be another value bet.
I opted not to bet on Chelsea’s Diego Costa to score at any stage this week. That was because the price was only 4/5. In retrospect I should have used some of my winnings accrued from him scoring at any stage during last Monday’s match at Burnley (at odds of 11/10) and backed him to score again, this time against Leicester. As I told members at the start of the season, Diego Costa will score plenty against the clubs in the lower half of the Premier League. Time will tell if he can do that against the better defences. Bookies will now shrink the weekly odds on him to score in any game, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for the prices on offer.
So several winning single bets on the football this past weekend.
Add to that the winning bets at the races, including my 20/1 tip to win the Ebor Handicap, and it was another weekend of profitable punting at VG Tips.
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