Football Accumulator Strategies

accumulatorBetting on football results is such a popular way of trying to get some winnings. The trouble is that a lot of matches feature selections that are odds-on. Single bets on those selections won’t win you a great deal of money unless you’re a high-roller. That’s why accumulator bets are so popular as a way of making big profits without having to wager too much cash.

Football Accumulators Explained

Instead of just placing a single bet, say on Manchester United to beat Burnley at home, you place bets on more than one game. For example, you can add Everton to beat Sunderland to give you two selections. This is known as a win double, both teams have to win in order for the bet to become a winner.

Say you stake £20 on this bet, if United are 1-2 to win that turns your stake into £30. All that cash goes onto Everton who are 4-6 and if they win you’ll end up with a return of £50. So the bet pays out at odds of 6-4. As you can see therefore, you are betting on two odds-on shots but by placing an accumulator the odds of a win are now odds against.

If you wanted to add a third game to this bet, then that becomes a win treble. Say you add Liverpool to win at WBA and that’s even money. If they, United and Everton all win then your £20 becomes £100 as you’d have an accumulated figure of £50 going on at evens so that’s combined odds of 4/1, those odds are climbing steadily now. That’s why these bets are called accumulators as the proceeds from one part of the bet go onto the next accumulating more and more money if your selections are winners.

The more teams you add to your accumulator, the higher the odds of success will become. That means these bets can be really good value, especially if one or more of your selections aren’t odds-on shots. Say you stake £20 on a team priced up at 6-4 and the other at 2-1. If both teams win then your £20 becomes £150, combined odds of 13-2. Add on another team at evens and you’ll get £300 back, that’s combined odds of 14-1.

That’s great value but you need those three teams to win. What you need to look at is the fact that odds reflect the probability of your bet being a successful one. Those odds of 14-1 on just three teams winning look great but the higher odds mean that the more games you try to correctly predict, especially when the individual odds aren’t odds-on, the less probability there is of your bet being a winner.

When you place a bet the bookies will have a profit margin and with the more teams that you choose to win, then you are dealing with a succession of profit margins and the bookmaker knows that the more selections a punter makes, the more chance that they’ll be on a loser. It’s not always that way of course but the odds do favour the bookie.

How to Place a Football Accumulator

Putting your bet on is no problem at all. If you go into a betting shop or onto an online betting site, then there’ll be a whole host of coupons there just waiting for you to fill in. These can be for a number of different sections. There’s the list of British games taking place that weekend or in midweek. There can be another one that’s dedicated to overseas games.

Also you’ll see coupons that simply include so-called bankers (those most likely to win at short prices). Then there are coupons which are divided into sections where you can place an accumulator on teams with increasing odds so getting a win can be lucrative but of course not at all easy.

Football Acca Insurance

It can be a painful experience placing an accumulator. It’s so common for someone to place a bet with say five or six teams and see just one team let you down. You can’t help thinking of the winnings you’d have had if that other team had won for you. All that potential cash and you end up with nothing.

Well in recent years, what is known as ‘Acca Insurance’ has been introduced into betting. Nearly all bookmakers now offer this kind of bet and here’s how it works. Say you have placed an accumulator with at least five teams and just one lets you down. Rather than seeing all your stake lost, you have your stake returned to you as a free bet. For example, with Paddy Power you can place a football accumulator that, as long as it has at least five selections will have Acca Insurance applied to it. This means if it’s just one selection that lets you down (so often the one you fancy most) then you’ll receive your stake back as a free bet up to a maximum of £50. That certainly helps you and who knows what could happen with that free bet you now have.

Football Accumulator Bonus

Getting an accumulator right is a great moment and it’s not easy, especially if you have selected a large number of teams. Sites such as Unibet offer an ‘Acca Rush’ promotion where if you place Premier League five-folds early in the week then you can receive a 25% Profit Boost.

Other bonuses see a percentage added to your win for accumulators. With some of the bets able to win large amounts in their own right, the percentage bonus can be a very tidy sum.

Accumulator Betting Strategies

Accumulators can be really tempting to gamblers. You look at a long list of games and think to yourself that there are at least six or seven games there that you definitely know the result of. Then again, there’s that eighth team who also look like winners so you add those too. The tempting accumulated odds can blind you if you’re not careful. The best strategy with accumulators is not to include too many teams in your bet.

Don’t Get Too Greedy

Bookies absolutely love gamblers who place accumulators with loads of selections because of the higher odds of the bet winning. You may well place a ten-match accumulator that has odds of 66-1 but what if it was a horse-race, would you be expecting the 66-1 shot to win for you? The higher the odds, the less chance of you winning.

As mentioned previously, it’s not necessary to be placing loads of teams in an accumulator to get a good win. £20 on selections that are 1-5, 1-4 and 1-3 will return you £40. If you doubled your money with every bet it’d be an ideal world wouldn’t it?

Short Priced Dangers

Another pitfall for punters is looking at short-priced teams and thinking that they are automatically going to win. Bets on teams that are 1-10 to win really should win but they don’t always come in. Don’t overload your accumulator with too many short-priced selections. They don’t really add much to accumulators anyway. If you had £20 on two 1-10 shots, then your return would only be £24.20, add on a 1-4 then the return would be £30.25 so only just above 1-2 for the three game bet.

Search for Value

Don’t limit yourself to betting with just one bookmaker. There are so many sites out there now that it’s important to join several. Go to an odds comparison site to see just who has the best odds for the bet you want to put on. Place the teams you want to bet on in a selection box and the site will identify which bookmakers will offer the highest odds for that accumulator. This is really important with accumulators because the odds can vary greatly especially if you are backing a large number of sides.

Do Some Research

Whatever you do with an accumulator, make sure that you do plenty of research. You need to look at the form of the sides you want to back and if there are several teams involved then that’ll mean a lot of research that you need to carry out. With the internet it’s so much easier now to do some research. There are bets available on teams from all over the world. You might see an odds-on shot in the Bolivian League. Nowadays you can find out the form of that side within minutes so use that available information to add other teams to your accumulator and hopefully get a win.

Take a good look at any bonuses that may be available for accumulators. You might not need to put on quite so many selections. The bonus you receive, particularly if the odds of your bet are pretty good to start with, can almost be the equivalent of another team selected.

Safer Options

You can look at slightly safer options such as Lucky 15 and other full cover bets. There are four selections made but it’s not a case of them all having to win to get a return as this is split into singles, doubles, trebles and a four-fold.

Cash Out

Some bookmakers give you the chance to end your bet before the final whistle. Cash Out can allow you to claim some winnings before all the games are played. Say you have a four-team accumulator and the first three teams come in. You can either hope your luck continues and the final team comes in for you or cash out at a profit. It won’t be the full amount your bet is due to accumulate but if you have some doubts about that final selection then this could be a good idea. There have been cases where punters have done this and then seen that final selection lose, imagine the smile on your face if that happened.


Gambling is often a bit of a dreamland. It’s so tempting to think that you can just bet on six supposedly bankers and end up winning big money. Or you could be betting on three teams at decent odds and getting a great win. Accumulators can bring about some fantastic results but you have to be careful with them.