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Football Accumulator Tips | A Guide to Football Accumulators

Football accumulator bets are very popular with punters as they offer the chance to win large amounts of cash from small stakes.

While singles, doubles and trebles are easier to land, the odds offered by accumulators make the additional risk well worthwhile.

Barely a year goes by without someone hitting the headlines by successful winning a truly eye-watering amount of money.

For example, this Scottish man won more than £60,000 from a £10 seven-fold after correctly predicting league winners in the 2016/17 season. Let’s take a closer look at accumulators.

What is an Accumulator?

An accumulator is a bet that combines four or more selections in a single wager. All of your picks must be successful to secure a return.

Most sports have accumulators available, and the best bookmakers allow you to combine selections from several sports into a multiple bet.

Accumulators can be win or each-way. A win accumulator means all your selections must win, while and each-way accumulator requires all of your selections to be placed.

Accumulator Types

An accumulator is a bet of four or more selections. Bet types are identified as follows;

1 – Single

2 – Double

3 – Treble

4 – Four-fold

5 – Five-fold

6 – Six-fold

7 – Seven-fold

8 – Eight-fold

Examples of Accumulator Betting

An example of a £10 football accumulator is as follows:

  • Manchester United to win at 4/6
  • Chelsea to win at 8/13
  • Liverpool vs Arsenal over 2.5 goals at 4/5
  • West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur to draw at 9/4

How to Calculate Your Accumulator Bet Returns

To calculate your potential accumulator winnings, multiply your stake by the cumulative odds of your selections.

In the bet above, the cumulative odds are 14.75/1. A £10 accumulator would return a profit of £147.50 plus your £10 stake for a payout of £157.50.

The calculation is the same for a double, treble, five-fold or any size of multiple bet.

If one or more of the selections is unsuccessful, the punter loses their £10 stake.

How to Pick an Accumulator Tips

Picking a football accumulator is easy. Simply decide which events are most likely to happen in a selection of matches and add them to your accumulator.

Most punters base their selection on key elements such as current form, league position, goals scored, goals conceded or previous head-to-head record.

The odds are often restrictive when big clubs play lower-ranked opponents, so it can pay to include a couple of selections where the odds are greater.

For instance, both teams to score or over/under markets offer higher odds and can significantly boost your returns in an accumulator.

It is worth bearing in mind that the more selections you include in your accumulator, the greater the risk of at least one pick letting you down.

While it may be tempting to go for a bumper eight-fold, you may well secure more regular returns if you limit yourself to four or five picks.

Get Started With Accumulator Free Bets

Signing up to a new bookmaker often comes with the reward of a free bet.

When you make your first deposit, the bookie may match the amount with a free bet worth 100% of your deposit up to a pre-defined limit.

These free bets can be used on your first accumulator or split into several accumulators.

For example, if you had a £50 free bet with a new bookmaker, you could do ten accumulators worth £5 each.

Now you have an understanding of football accumulators, let’s have a look at how matched betting works.