How to win big on Football Accumulator Bets

How to win a football accumulator

Are you struggling to win a football accumulator? It can be very frustrating to place an acca you are confident in, only to see it shattered by one of the regular upsets we see. Read our how to win a football accumulator guide and see if it helps.

Football accumulators are one of the most popular ways of betting on the weekend football and today we’re going to give you some pointers in how to win a football accumulator. Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to get a winning acca but hopefully our pointers will send you down the right path in that search for an elusive accumulator win.


What is a football accumulator?

  • Four selections or more
  • All teams must win for a successful bet
  • Selections from the 1×2 market
  • Can be used on any sports
  • Unlimited amount of selections in the bet
  • Most minimum stakes are as low as 10p

First, we need to establish what a football accumulator actually is. For this article, we’re keeping things simple and focusing only on the team to win market. So, you have three options to pick from on each match – a home win, an away win, or a draw. This is the most basic of the accumulator bets but still the most popular. An accumulator is technically a bet including four or more selections and there is no limit to the amount of teams that can go into your acca. For our football accumulator tips, we tend to use five selections because we think this gives a good balance between the chances of the bet winning, and getting some good odds for our bet.


How to win a football accumulator bet

  • Try and stick to home teams (around 45% win)
  • Check the form of both teams
  • Bear in mind injuries and suspensions
  • Look at head-to-head stats
  • Try to avoid away teams at tough grounds e.g. Burnley
  • Use the right bookies to get the best odds ALWAYS
  • Use acca insurance on your accumulator

Now we know what an accumulator is, we can start planning our bet and explaining the key points in how to win a football accumulator. As we have already said, there is no magic formula to winning an accumulator – but the pointers above are sure to help.

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Step 1 – Stick to Home Teams

This shouldn’t mean you discount away teams or the draw all the time, but if you’re new to accumulator betting then the simplest way to do the bet is by sticking to home teams who are favourites to win. Home advantage is always a big factor when picking a football accumulator tip here at Thatsagoal. Looking at some key data and statistics will always help, but the most basic form of doing this is to look at the home form and away form of the teams playing. The home teams are generally favourites in even looking matches, but you should always check the form of both the teams, if a home team has lost their last five matches, you probably don’t want to add them to your accumulator bet.


Step 2 – Check the Form of Both Teams

Every so often, the bookies do seem to price up matches wrong – especially in the lower leagues of English football. You will sometimes see a team who is unbeaten in five or six matches at odds above Evens. This is normally great value (unless the opposition is in similarly good form). Checking the form works both ways – you should also look for teams who are in bad form and to get an extra edge, check the home and away form as this is often very different and you might get an edge over the bookmakers.

As well as looking at the form as a whole, we’d also recommend looking at the form separated into home and away. For example, a team might be dominant in home matches and have won their last six, but lost six on the road. This only gives them a 50% win rate overall, but a 100% home win rate. Our advice here would be to add them to your accumulator if they are at home.


Step 3 – Look at Stats, Injuries and Suspensions

If a team’s star striker is out injured, then you should probably leave that team out of your football accumulator, for example, do you really want to bet on Manchester City if Sergio Aguero is out injured? It may even pay to bet on the opposition in this case, especially if they are a bit of a ‘one-man team’. Head to head stats are a good guide when trying to win a football accumulator because certain stronger teams do not fare well against certain sides e.g. Liverpool and Chelsea both struggle against Crystal Palace. Suspensions are also a key factor when trying to win football accumulators because a star man missing could alter a teams fortunes quite easily.


Step 4 – Avoid Teams Going to Tough Grounds

This is one of our big tips when telling you how to win a football accumulator. The odds for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are generally very short when they are away from home. Sometimes this is fine, but at the likes of Burnley, Crystal Palace and West Ham, it’s probably a bet to avoid. These ‘mid-table’ teams are very good at restricting the stronger opposition to fewer chances and so they struggle to win. The odds for these teams also mean they are a big risk to your accumulator bet because the value isn’t usually there. As a rule of thumb, we tend to avoid any away team whose odds are less than Evens. You will find data such as a teams history at certain grounds and you should use this to your advantage.


Step 5 – Use the right Bookies to bet on your Accumulator

Unfortunately, there is no bookies who are the best odds for every football accumulator you’re going to bet on. There are some offers that can help you and one that we love is the Bet Victor accumulator coupon. If you find the odds for your accumulator better elsewhere, we would always advise betting at the very best odds available, this involves having a few betting accounts open and you can see the best free bets to claim too. The other bookies that are generally the best odds for football accumulators are bet365, Betfred and William Hill and we have added their free bets for you to sign-up below.

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We have tested a big 10-fold accumulator for this weekend and found the best odds are 407/1 with Bet Victor, one of the worst odds are just 250/1. This means you would win £150 less just for using the wrong bookmaker on your bet. One of our main pointers for how to win big on football accumulators is to ALWAYS use an odds comparison site to check which bookies have the best odds.


Step 6 – Use Acca Insurance ALWAYS

Acca insurance is a relatively new offer brought in by some bookies. Acca insurance gives you some added protection when placing a football accumulator. To use it you firstly need to know which bookies offer it, and secondly you need to place a football accumulator bet of five selections or more. If one of these selections let your bet down then you will get the cost of your bet refunded (usually up to £25). For example, you bet £25 on Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Cardiff and Birmingham all to win. Chelsea, Liverpool, Cardiff and Birmingham all win but Man United lose. This would trigger ‘acca insurance‘ and you’ll get the cost of your bet refunded so in this case £25.

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What type of accumulator betting tips do you have?

Here at thatsagoal we have a number of different types of accas including our win accumulator tips, both teams to score accumulator tips and over 2.5 goals accumulator tips. All of our accumulator tips will take into account the guide to winning big on football accumulators and all our tipsters are in it for the same reason as you – to get a winning accumulator!


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