If you feel that simple, solitary, single match betting just isn’t doing it for you, why not have an accumulator (aka parlay bet across the pond) on the English Premier League? See if we think backing the so-called big four with your soccer picks is worthwhile.

Mrs Richardson has asked me to point out that these football accumulator bets require all selections to come up trumps for the bet to be a winner, but even ‘er indoors knows that the big benefit of an accumulator bet is that the more selections you include the bigger the potential return.

Typical T&C from She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Not so Fantastic Four

Michael OwenI’d say stay away from backing all of the big four (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal). This is no casting of aspersions at any of these teams, but the season is shaping up to be a wild one, and Arsenal are a bit rubbish (thus far). If you want to back the Big Four, they are offered at around 11/2 to all win, but if you drop Arsenal the odds drop to 10/3 (worth a wee punt).

Saying that, Arsenal play host to the only team without a point in the league, Southampton. The tale of the table tells only half the story as the Saints have battled well in their return to the Premier League, they very nearly caused an upset against both Manchesters, and sons of Bedford Place (and other areas in Southampton) might just be gifted a shock result from the Gods of football, but common sense and atheist science says they won’t.

Backing the top three!

You can get 25/1 on Chelsea, Swansea City & West Brom all to win. That might sound unlikely but you have to remember that these are the teams at the top of the league. Chelsea should have no real bother against QPR if they can just get past the John Terry handshake issue. Swansea should be able to cope with a lacklustre Aston Villa, even away from home (although the tea leaves tell me this one will end drawn) and West Brom, who have started well under new boss Steve Clarke, will fancy their chances against Fulham. It’s not a BFH (Bus Fare Home) bet, but what do you want for 25/1?

Feeling contrary

You might want to check out Arsenal, Aston Villa & Fulham all to win at 13/2. Villa are still winless, which some might say means they are due a three pointer. Fulham have been on the wrong end of two bad results, and were kicked out of the cup in-between them, but new signing Dimitar Berbatov will be keen as beetroot to score goals, and the Cottagers as just the sort of team to end the Baggies' unbeaten start.

The missus misses shoe shopping

It’s about time that Mrs. Richardson had a trip to the show shops, so I’m going hard(ish) on a three way accumulator. The shoe fund is backing Man City, Chelsea & Swansea City all to Win at 10/1. Chelsea (at 7/2 to win the league) are the banker against QPR (a side currently at 3/1 to go down). Manchester City seem to have the attitude of Manchester United about grinding out three points (vital for trips to Stoke) and Swansea could just be hitting Villa at the right time. 

As always there are as many accumulators as opinions, but that’s half the fun.

There is also that man Michael Owen. Stoke’s fresh signing is certainly worth a bet, however I can’t decide whether to back him to do his leg in then watch Stoke lose from his sick bed (shall we call that the Newcastle accumulator) or will be he pop up in the dying moments, with the game poised and score a memorable winner against Manchester City (and let’s call that the Manchester United accumulator).

I’ll leave that one up to you.