The Staffordshire man listed in the bgo 5 biggest betting wins list following a 15-event accumulator back in 2013 is evidence enough that in football, sometimes the stars do align. With odds amounting to 1,666,666/1, 30p was all it took to net him a cool £500,000 following Bayern Munich’s Champions League final victory three years ago.
With money being invested not only in the Premier League but across all the Football League’s four tiers, this season may be one of the most exciting yet, which means there are plenty of betting opportunities to capitalise on for those wishing to emulate the heroics of the lucky Staffordshire punter.
For those looking for a bit of inspiration, here’s a list of three teams you might consider adding to your season-long accumulator bets this year.
Manchester United – 7/2 with Sporting Bet to win the Premier League
After a short hiatus, the ‘Special One’ José Mourinho is back where he belongs in the world’s most exciting league and this time he manages a side of which he’s had plenty of alteractions with in the past. With the transfer of Paul Pogba to the Red Devils supposedly imminent and the capture of Swedish goal-machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United have more than enough steel in their squad to mount a title challenge this season.
As proven with Leicester’s exceedingly unlikely title win last season, nothing is ever guaranteed in this topsy-turvy world of football. But with a manager who arguably has the most accolade-heavy CV in the league and a world-class striker who guarantees goals wherever he goes, we’re backing this 7/2 shot to come good this season.
Newcastle United – 15/8 with Betway to win the Championship
The gulf in player class between Newcastle and the majority of the teams in the English Championship is nothing short of embarrassing. Despite already managing to hold on to Champions League winning coach Rafa Benitez, the Magpies made a number of shrewd acquisitions in this summer’s transfer window, bringing in the likes of attackers Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle who, as well as performing well in the Premier League in previous seasons, perfectly know their way around England’s tricky second tier.
At 15/8, this North-East side have more than enough about them to blow the Championship wide open this season.
Port Vale – 16/1 with BetBright to win promotion from League One
Perennial strugglers Port Vale have found themselves in and around the lower echelons of the Football League this past decade.
After relegation to League Two in 2009, they seem to have found their calling in League One after finishing in a respectable 12th position last season. Despite losing a clutch of first-team regulars as well as manager Rob Page (hence why their odds are so long), ambitious young Portuguese coach Bruno Ribeiro, who was recommended for the position by no less than José Mourinho, has acquired a number of exciting-looking players from overseas.
In pre-season the Stoke-on-Trent team have already claimed the scalps of clubs such as Manchester United (albeit their reserves) and could be this year’s dark horses to triumph in England’s third tier.