What is the best approach to football accumulators?

Placing accumulator bets on football matches is one of the most exciting ways to gamble on the beautiful game. Accumulators are incredibly popular, both among football supporters and those new to gambling that want an entry-level experience on a tight budget. The beauty of accumulators is that, for a small stake, you can yield monster returns.

Of course, the likelihood of bagging those monster returns week in, week out is minimal. That’s because accumulators require you to bet on the outcome of multiple games. For example, a three match accumulator is known as a treble accumulator. You have to get the outcome of every single match correct to win the prize. Whether you’re a seasoned football punter looking for new angles to improve your acca strike rate or a newbie seeking advice on where to start, these five pointers will help you get the most from your football accumulators.

Only include matches in the top-level leagues

If there isn’t a full calendar of football fixtures to wager on, it can be all too tempting to include matches from some of the world’s more obscure leagues into your accumulator. Don’t do it. What do you really know about the Kenyan Second Division? Only include games in leagues that you have prior knowledge of, or you can find out about with ease online. Most top-level leagues like the English Premier League, and those well-televised, will have detailed match previews outlining injury news and form to help you make the most informed choices.

Should you focus on heavy home favourites?

Another sure-fire way to fail with football accas is to focus solely on short-priced home favourites. While we understand why you might think they are the safest bets, they rarely offer a ‘value’ price. Even the top sides slip up now and again. Furthermore, most sports bookmakers will have already priced them low in expectation of them winning, so they will add very little to an acca. If you do choose to add a few short-priced home favourites, intersperse it with other games where you can spot in-form teams going head-to-head with weaker teams that have a good value price. This increases your chances of winning, whilst significantly improving the combined odds of your accumulator.

Clashes between high-scoring teams

Will this ball be in and out of the net multiple times?

There’s no doubt that both teams to score accas are some of the most exciting you can place. That’s because you are then hoping that each game you wager on will have a minimum of two goals; making for some exciting viewing and some heart-pounding moments. Most sportsbooks now offer both teams to score markets, allowing punters to pick games between high-scoring teams or those with in-form Premier League strikers battling to win the Golden Boot. The beauty of both teams to score accumulators is that you aren’t betting on who eventually wins the game, you just need both teams to find the back of the net once and your work is done!

Consider bookies that offer acca insurance

One of the best promotions that sportsbooks now offer their customers is acca insurance. This is a must-have tool in your football accumulator arsenal. How does acca insurance work? Put simply, some bookmakers will offer a refund on your stake if just one leg (or match) of your accumulator lets you down. If you were to bet on seven matches (a seven-fold accumulator) and six of the matches won, you would be entitled to a refund on your stake. This can greatly improve your profitability if you often miss out on winning accas by one or two matches. Just bear in mind that acca insurance often requires punters to place a minimum of five or six legs in their accumulator for the bet to qualify for a full refund.

Don’t be afraid to cash out an accumulator

A growing number of sports bookmakers now allow you to ‘cash out’ of your accumulator early. A cash out involves closing your bet and taking only a percentage of the total value of the combined odds of your accumulator. Let’s say for example that you placed a six-fold accumulator. The first four matches have gone the way you expected, but you aren’t so sure about the final two matches on your betting slip. The cash out facility allows you to take four-sixths of the potential profit instead of risking your stake on the final two games.

Winning football accumulators is an exact science. It takes a pinch of luck, a healthy dose of knowledge and a dash of bravery to know when to cash out and take a profit. With huge payouts for very little investment, it’s easy to see why accas remain so popular among football fans.

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