This coming weekend is one of the biggest in the sporting calendar as not only do the 2016 Rio Olympics get under way on Friday evening, but also the English Football League season in England kicks off with Football League clubs in action, as well as the Community Shield clash at Wembley between Leicester City and Manchester United.
The start of the season heralds an exciting new era for Premier League teams in particular, with a host of new signings already made at top clubs, new managerial appointments at Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, plus the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Ilkay Gundogan all set to make their first appearances for their new clubs.
After a dismal summer for England, all football fans will be delighted with the return of league action and of course, the start of the season also means it is time to start placing your favourite football bets once again and as always, there are a number of top offers and promotions to choose from.
Outlined below are five promotions and offers that will be available throughout the football season from a selection of our sports betting service providers. Any of which is well worthy of a closer look if you are interested in that form of betting.
Bet365 – Euro Soccer Bonus
This hugely popular offer from Bet365 Sport has returned once again for the coming season and this time the offer is bigger and better than ever before. All you need to do to qualify for this promotion is to place an accumulator bet of three selections or more on matches from the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga or the UEFA Champions League (group stage onwards).
This season, you can also place bets on matches in the Australian A League too if you so wish.
You can place your bet on the Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams to Score market and when you place a bet according to these rules, you could be eligible for a bonus that could be worth as much as £100,000.
The size of your bonus is dependent on the number of selections on your bet slip, with the greater the number of selections the higher the bonus. You start off with a 5% bonus on a successful treble bet and a 10% bonus on successful 4-fold and 5-fold bets, right up to a whopping 100% bonus for a successful 14-team accumulator.
The percentage is a percentage of your winning amount, so if you won an 11-fold bet with a 70% bonus and your total winnings for the bet were £100,000, then your bonus would be £70,000 for a total return of £170,000.
The maximum bonus payable is capped at £100,000.
SkyBet – Gillette Super 6 Prediction Game
This is a fantastic promotion from Sky Bet as it gives you the chance to play for £250,000 in cash every weekend of the football season and it costs you absolutely nothing to play. The game is the Gillette Super 6 Prediction game and it is hosted in conjunction with Gillette Soccer Saturday.
Simply log in to the software using your SkyBet account information (there is an app you can download, or you can play via the website) and each weekend of the season, predict what the score will be in the six matches shown. Predict all six correct and you could be the £250,000 jackpot winner.
If nobody predicts all six scorelines correctly, then there is a consolation prize of several thousand pounds available for the highest scorer that week (tied players are decided by the outcome of a tie-breaker question which you complete alongside your predictions).
Play the game each week to compete over the season for additional prizes awarded at the end of the month and season, including some fantastic technology prizes, as well as many other prizes awarded at the discretion of Sky.
Ladbrokes – 5 Team Acca Insurance
One of the biggest disappointments with any accumulator bet is when one of your selections lets you down while the others triumph. Well if you place a five team accumulator or more with Ladbrokes, then if one team lets you down, Ladbrokes say you won’t lose.
With the 5 Team Acca Insurance offer, is your bet is let down by just one of your selections out of five or more, then Ladbrokes will refund any losing bets up to a maximum value of £25 as a free bet.
One of the best things about this promotion is that it covers a huge amount of games every week including matches in all the major English and Scottish competitions, the Champions and Europa Leagues, plus a host of leagues from around Europe, the MLS and even selected international matches and club friendlies.
Betway – Football Acca Boost Offer
Betway are starting to make a real name for themselves with their promotions and this internet-based bookmaker has come up with their own Football Acca Boost offer, which is similar in many respects to Bet365’s Euro Soccer Bonus promotion.
To qualify for this offer, you need to place a 5-fold or greater accumulator bet of £5 or more on matches from any of a number of leagues around Europe, or the Champions League or Europa League. All matches selected must be of odds of 1/2 or greater for this bet.
If your bet is subsequently successful, then Betway will give you a free bet to a certain percentage value of your winnings. For example if you land a successful 5-fold bet and win £1000, then you will receive a 10% free bet bonus, which is a free bet worth £100.
The size of your free bet increases up to 100% for a successful 14-fold bet (although the biggest free bet awarded will be £2,000).
Bet365 / Paddy Power – Bore Draw Promotion
Both Paddy Power and Bet365 Sport offer a variation of the same promotion which is based around arguably the most frustrating of football scorelines, the dreaded 0-0 draw. With anywhere between 7 to 12% of games in the top European leagues finishing with this scoreline, this is a promotion which can really pay dividends for the punter throughout the season.
Both offers work in a similar way, make a bet on a stated market with the company and if the game finishes in a 0-0 draw that you have placed your bet on, and your bet loses, then Bet365 and Paddy Power will refund your stake (up to a certain predefined limit) as a free bet.
Each site has its own rules and regulations regarding the free bet if awarded, so it is sensible to check out what these are before you decide to take up the offer.