Football Accumulator Advice
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The following information is available in this Football Acca Advice Betting School Lesson:
How do I pick the best football accumulators?
There are two main ways to pick the best footy accas. One way is to be a very good judge yourself of value football selections in which case all you need to do is make sure you are either getting the best odds on your bets each week or you are getting the best football offers.
Alternatively if you aren't such a good judge at picking winning football coupons you need to find the best tips. The majority of punters won't be good judges - this is why bookmakers make plenty of profit.
Where can I find free football accumulator tips?
There are a lot of very good tipsters on OLBG so we've made it really easy to find the very best tips to put in your football accas. The one thing that is better than one very good football tipster giving a tip is several very good football tipsters giving that same tip.
What are the advantages of football accumulators?
Football accumulators are a way of winning large amounts from small stakes. A punter can bet just a couple of pounds and win a small fortune in just one afternoon from a multiple bet on football. Some punters can ensure they live the rest of their lives in betting profit just by landing one football acca.
Football accumulators also offer the casual punter a lot of fun and interest. Not everyone is interested in every lower league or foreign match but by placing a football acca you can have an interest in lots of games over a weekend. They are great fun if you are sat in front of the TV on a Saturday afternoon or in the pub.
What are the best bookies for football accumulators?
Your football acca odds can vary greatly depending on which bookie you place your bet with meaning it is really important to shop around for the best odds and to hold accounts with as many bookies as possible.
Anyone who is looking specifically for the best football odds available on football accumulators should sign up with BetVictor. For the past 5 years BetVictor's football coupons have been proven to have offered the best football odds across a range of leagues, as verified by Oddschecker.
Which bookies offer Acca Insurance?
Acca Insurance gives punters their stake back as a free bet when one team lets their footy acca down. The following bookies offer acca insurance:
BetVictor - Not only do BetVictor offer the best football odds, they offer acca insurance too! Place a 5+ acca on match or both teams to score markets (no selections shorter than 1/4) and if one team lets you down they'll refund your stake up to £25. (terms and conditions apply)
Paddy Power - Place a 5+ team acca on 'top leagues, cups and internationals' (no selections shorter than 1/5) and if one team lets you down they'll refund your stake as a free bet up to £50. (terms and conditions apply)
Ladbrokes - Place a 5+ team acca on selected leagues and if one team lets you down they'll refund your stake as a free bet up to £25. (terms and conditions apply)
Coral - Place £2 or more on a 5+ team acca (minimum total odds 3/1) and if one team lets you down they'll refund your stake up as a free bet up to £25. (terms and conditions apply)
William Hill - Place a 6+ team acca on match or both teams to score and if one team lets you down they'll refund your stake as a free bet up to £50. (terms and conditions apply)
SportingBet - Place a 5+match odds acca on any football match (minimum bet £5) and if one team lets you down they'll refund your stake as a free bet up to £25. (terms and conditions apply)
What is Acca Edge?
Acca Edge is a option offered by Betfair. It applies to accas (three or more selections) on any sports and if you choose to accept Acca Edge you will receive a slight reduction in odds in exchange for money back as CASH if the bet is let down by just one selection.
What other football acca bonuses are there?
Free Bets Every Week
William Hill have a great offer for those who love football accumulators - if you stake a minimum of £20 a week on 4fold footy accas William Hill will you give you a £5 free bet each week. (terms and conditions apply)
Euro Soccer Bonus
Bet365 will give you up to 100% bonus on your accas that exclusively contain selections from Europe's top 5 leagues or the Champions League!
50% Acca Boost
NetBet can seriously boost football accumulator winnings. If you back 3+ selections in an acca with NetBet where all the selections are at least 1/5 you can get a cash boost to your winnings of up to 50%.
How much can I win from football accumulators?
All bookies have maximum payouts which vary depending on the sport and the quality of event you are betting on. The bigger bookies tend to pay out at least £1m on football multiple bets, or all football bets for that matter.
It's important to always check your potential payouts before placing your bet. You might be including selections that send you over the maximum payout - increasing the chances your bet doesn't win for no extra reward.
Also you might be placing bets where you are going to potentially miss out on thousands of Pounds in winnings so if you are betting high stakes or high odds stick to some of the bookies that have the biggest payout limits.
These are the maximum payouts from some of the most highly recommended bookies:
Bet365 pay out up to £2,000,000 for all Men’s full International matches and English Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2, FA Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga I, Ligue 1, Champions League and Europa League.
If you include selections containing matches from other competitions you can win no more than £500,000 from your bet.
William Hill pay out up to £2,000,000 000 for all Men’s full International matches between two members of UEFA, English Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2, FA Cup, English and Scottish League Cups, Scottish Premier League La Liga Champions League & Europa League (group stage onwards only) on match betting and outright markets only.
Other markets on those competitions will be capped at no more than £500,000 and match betting and outright markets on those competitions will be capped at no more than £1,000,000.
Betfair Sportsbook pay out up to £1,000,000 on all the same competitions as Bet365's maximum payout for match betting and outright markets only. Other markets and other competitions are capped at no more than £500,000.
Paddy Power pay out up to £1,000,000 on all the same competitions as Bet365's maximum payout for match betting, total goals, correct score, 1st scorer, Asian handicaps and handicap betting markets. Other markets on those competitions are restricted to £100,000 maximum payout, those markets on other competitions are restricted to £50,000 and other markets on other competitions are restricted to £10,000.
Ladbrokes pay out up to £1,000,000 on all the same competitions as Bet365's maximum payout plus they include the Scottish Premier League on their list of competitions. If you include selections containing matches from other competitions you can win no more than £500,000 from your bet.
Coral pay out up to £1,000,000 on all the same competitions as Bet365's maximum payout plus they include the Conference National division, English and Scottish League Cups and the top 4 Scottish divisions. If you include selections containing selections from other competitions you can win no more than £250,000 from your bet.
SkyBet pay out up to £500,000 on all of the same competitions that Bet365 pay out £2m on plus they include the MLS in their list of competitions. All other competitions are restricted to £250,000.
BetVictor pay out up to £500,000 on all the same competitions as Bet365's maximum payout. If you include selections containing matches from other competitions you can win no more than £100,000.
We highly recommend that every punter has a Bet365 account as they have the biggest payout limits.
How many teams should I include in my footy accumulator?
The more teams you include in your bets the more risk you are taking on but the higher the payout will be if your bet is successful. Likewise only including few teams in your bet will limit your payouts unless they are outsiders.
Whatever your preference it is best to only include teams that can be deemed value selections. The term value is used to describe a bet where you perceive the chances of the selection to be underestimated by the odds. That means not necessarily just including every team you think are going to win, but also considering the odds on offer for each of those teams.
The OLBG Acca Builder Tool can be an extremely useful tool for punters searching for value football accas. You can choose what sports are included in the acca, how many selections go into the acca and when the bet takes place. One click later you'll be presented with selections that match your criteria and these are value selections picked by several expert tipsters on OLBG.
Who are the best football accumulator tipsters?
There are many websites, blogs, apps and social media profiles that give out football accumulator tips on a regular basis and they vary greatly in the quality of advice they give.
Here on OLBG.com there are hundreds of tipsters competing for monthly prizes and only the tipsters with the very best records win those prizes. Each tipster's record is clearly shown on their profile so anyone can see who the most profitable football tipsters are and who the most in form football tipsters are.
Can I get football accumulator tips on Twitter?
Yes there are absolutely loads of them - but who do you follow? It can be difficult to find good tipsters on Twitter because their records are not clearly advertised. You'll hear about every winner whilst long losing runs are simply ignored. There are some good tipsters on Twitter but they are much more difficult to find than the bad ones.
OLBG are on Twitter and you'll find more than just great tips on the OLBG Twitter page - there is loads of banter, sporting videos and discussion of the latest talking points.
What bets can I include in football accumulators?
Both Teams To Score Accumulators
For many years 99% of football accas consisted solely of 1x2 (win draw win) selections. However in recent years the both teams to score (or BTTS) bets have been just as popular, if not more popular. The most popular selections in both teams to score accumulators are for Yes - both teams to score. The attraction of this bet is that both teams score more often than not plus your bet is always in with a chance of winning, even if the game is sill 0-0 with only a few minutes left.
There is also the option to include one of the teams to win in your BTTS bet. This gives you plenty of betting options with both teams to score or both teams not to score on either the home win, the draw or the away win. Some of the biggest football accumulator wins have been gained with accas made up of these bets as the odds on offer can often be quite generous.
Goals Galore Accas
Both teams to score first became popular when Betfred started producing their Goals Galore football coupon. Goals Galore was simply the name for a coupon consisting simply of both teams to score bets. Betfred still offer their Goals Galore coupon but it should be remembered that you can place both teams to score accumulators with all bookies and there is no real difference between the two except for some slight variations in odds and special offers.
Other Popular Football Accumulator Markets
Other football markets that can often be included in weekly football accas include anytime goalscorers and total goals. An in form striker against a weaker side will usually be a shade of odds on making it a strong contender to be included in an acca.
The total goals market is also popular with under/over 2.5 goals the most common market to get involved in. Again the odds are often fairly short (acca friendly) but are big enough to make them worth including in bets. There are many other goal lines that can be backed (1.5, 3.5, etc) but this will obviously impact the odds available.
Football markets such as first goalscorers and correct scores are popular with punters but don't tend to be included in accas as they are usually much harder to predict than outcomes in other markets. This is reflected in the odds and certainly doesn't mean that these markets can't offer value bets.
However bets on these sorts of markets are normally best used in permed multiples rather than accumulators. With accumulators you are always betting on all of your selections to win. However with permed multiples you can cover as many permutations as you want - all the way down to singles if you require. Just remember that the more selections you have, the more permutations there will be.
What is the Super Six?
Super Six can sometimes be confused with being a football acca but it is slightly different - in fact it's not technically a bet because it's free to play!
First of all you need to open a SkyBet account. Then each week you need to predict the correct score in 6 selected matches - they'll usually be the 6 biggest games kicking off on Saturday at 3pm.
If one person correctly predicts all 6 scores they'll win a cool £250,000. If there is more than one winner that prize is split between the winners. If no one manages to get all of the scores right in the Super Six bet then the closest to it will win £5,000, not a bad consolation.
Since the Super Six is free to enter it makes sense to play the Super Six every week. Not only can you win a lot of money but it also makes Soccer Saturday a lot more interesting!
If you don't already have a SkyBet account why not sign up now?
How do I calculate football acca odds?
Calculating footy accumulator odds can seem complicated and daunting but it is actually pretty easy. The easiest way is to put all the selections into a betslip and let the bookies do it for you.
If you don't have that option then all you need is the calculator on your phone. If the odds of each selection are in fractional form (1/2 for example) simply divide the first number by the second number and then add 1 in order to turn it in to decimal odds. Once all your selections are in decimal form just multiply them all together and you'll get your football accumulator odds. If you then want to work out your footy acca winnings just multiply the total odds by your stake.
Should I cash out on my football acca?
Cashing out allows punters to profit from bets that will potentially lose which makes it extremely popular. However it has to be remembered that the odds offered for the cash out massively favour the bookies.
If you are wanting to cash out when several games are currently in play then using the bookie cash out is the only choice and is therefore a good option to use. However as the odds always favour the bookies with cash out you may want to use partial cash out if it's available. That way you can ensure you don't lose any money from a bet, and maybe make a small profit, whilst still having the chance of a decent win on your original bet.
These bookies offer partial cash out:
Bet365 Paddy Power Betfair BetVictor Coral 10Bet
If all but one of your selections has already won and you are waiting on just one fixture then you have another option to trade out of your bet. On the Betfair exchange you can lay a selection not to win which would completely cover your bet. You might have to offer odds a fraction or two above what people are getting at regular bookies but you should remember that you are doing the same sort of thing when you use cash out except you are probably laying the selection at twice the odds it should be if you use cash out.
For more advice on cashing out your bets click here to read a betting school lesson on Should I Cash Out my acca?
Should I place Premier League football accumulators?
Because the Premier League is so popular the majority of bets are concentrated on this league. Value bets can always be found within Premier League accas but don't think that just because you know more about the Premier League than other leagues that you can always find an edge over the bookies.
Coverage and information on the Premier League is everywhere and you can be sure that the bookies also know more about the Premier League than any other league - and they probably know more about it than you too.
If you are picking your own football accumulator selections then it can be a good idea to specialise in the lower leagues or some foreign leagues where you can actually gain an edge over the bookies by gathering more information than they have. This is an approach many of the tipsters on OLBG take.
Click here if you want to check out the latest hot football tips on OLBG including many from the lower leagues and abroad.
Ante Post Football Accumulators
Ante post is the term applied to bets on outright football markets before the season gets underway. One of the most popular ante post football accas is a bet on the winners of each of the Premier League, the Championship, League One and League Two.
Ante post footie accas aren't only restricted to those markets though. Top goalscorer accumulators, relegation accumulator bets and promotion accas are all markets that are commonly involved in ante post accas.
Major tournaments also lend themselves well to football accas. At the European Championships or World Cup popular roll up bets will be teams to qualify, teams not to qualify, top team goalscorers and of course group winners.
What are the best football accumulator apps?
There are many football accumulator apps available and more and more are released every day, but which ones do you trust? OLBG has been around since 2002 and there are loads of great football tipsters on the site with transparent tipping records.
Thousands of expert tips can be found anytime, on the move, on the OLBG mobile app. All the research is done for you and you can bet directly with bookies through the app. It's available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded here.
Another good football app to have is the AccaTracker. It does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing you to keep track of how all the teams in your footy accas are performing throughout each match.
What other popular types of accumulator are there?
Football accumulators aren't the only popular sports acca out there - you can place an accumulator on any sport. Tennis is a sport that always lends itself to accas since you normally get lots of short priced players in each round of matches.
American sports are also popular with punters these days so there has been an increase in the number of American football accas and basketball accas that are placed. The most popular markets in American football or basketball betting tend to be the handicap markets. Both teams are given an equal chance in the odds to win the match with the favourite given a handicap. Each team will be slightly odds on.
When you put selections at those odds into your American football accas or basketball accumulator the acca odds are going to mount up quickly so you only need two or three selections in the acca for a decent win. Any more selections than that and you are looking at really big odds!
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