Football accumulator betting tips

Football accumulator betting has become increasingly popular in the UK over the last two decades. For many, it now slots right in as an essential part of the week – alongside actually watching the footy itself! But what is a football accumulator? And how do you go about placing a bet?

What is an accumulator?

Frequently known as an ‘accy’ or ‘acca’, a football accumulator is a bet that combines two or more selections into a single bet. For instance, you could fancy Real Madrid, Liverpool, PSG, and Borussia Dortmund all to win at the weekend, so you’d stick on a single bet that they all do. If you think a fixture will be a draw, you can select ‘draw’ and add that to your selection. So if you fancy wins for Real Madrid, Liverpool, and PSG but fancy Dortmund to draw at the weekend, you could stick a bet on that. It pulls together all the odds into one selection and will only give you a return when all your selections are predicted correctly.

One of the other most common examples is the ‘Both Teams To Score’ accumulator. You bet ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether you think both teams will score in each game in your selection. There’s many more complex versions though. You could also pull together selections that range from how many corners a team will get or how many goals a team will win by.

How to create an accumulator?

It really couldn’t be easier. Check out our Premier League betting page or our football page if the Prem isn’t your thing.

Now you have the Sportsbook in front of you, it’s time to select your picks. You don’t have to stick to one league and you can spread your bet over a number of days. Over the course of a weekend, there’s football from a variety of different countries for you to include in your acca. You could start it off with a Friday night game in the Championship or La Liga for example. You could then build your acca with a lunchtime Scottish game on a Saturday and round it off with a Premier League match on a Monday night. Outright win, lose, or draw accas may be popular but you could go for specific match results or scorers. As an example in a match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool. Liverpool is 21/10 to win and score Over 3.5 goals. It’s not all about the big teams though, you could even bet on the German reserve league! – but remember the more teams on the accumulator the less chance of winning!

Advanced tips!

Many may be comfortable with a BTTS or an outright accy but others like to build a bet with a few more advanced tips. A Trixie involves four bets with three selections in different events. The bet includes three doubles and one treble. A minimum of two of your selections must come in to get a return.


A Heinz consists of 57 bets involving six selections in different events. The bet includes 15 doubles, 20 trebles, a huge 15 four-folds, 6 five-fold, and a six-fold accumulator. A £1 Heinz costs conveniently £57. You can back one at £1 each way at £114. You may feel with the volume of moving parts in this bet, it’s better to go with the heavy favourites but this isn’t necessarily the case. A mix of supposed strong favourites, mid-priced selections and a pick at larger odds could be the way to go.


An Asian handicap can be used to bet on an outcome of a football match where the two teams are given a positive or negative goal-related handicap. What does this mean? Well, the handicap is a figure such as +0.5 or +2.5 or -1.0 or -2.0. This figure represents either a goal head-start or a goal deficit for either team.

For example, if Man City are 1/12 to beat Huddersfield. Thus price suggests City could run up a score. So you could put on an Asian handicap on City at -2.5. This means you are backing them win by three goals or more.

What can you win?

There are a number of ways you could win a football accumulator. More often than not all your picks must come in to claim your returns. Have a look at our Best Acca Around page for the latest accumulator offers The feature is available on all of our football leagues where your bet will be recalculated as though the pick hadn’t been selected. So your losing five-fold could become a winning four-fold for instance! Then there are Odds Boosts. Another popular feature among our acca customers. With this feature, you get the chance to instantly boost your odds on any pre-event sports bet – every day! You can do this simply by logging into your Ladbrokes account from 10:00 am (UK Time) and head straight for your ‘My Account’ section where your Odds Boost toke will be waiting for you! The difference between this and any normal price enhancement is that you have full control over when and what to use your Odds Boost on. In February 2018, a customer turned 50p into a whopping £61,482. The plucky punter correctly predicted the outcome of a 17-match European accumulator. The bettors’ dream appeared to be dashed when Crewe Alexandra struck in the 88th minute. But two stoppage-time goals from Exeter saw his dream become a reality! Many would have cashed out after that 88th-minute goal. Because sometimes you do need a safety net! The Cash Out facility allows you to settle your bet before the market/event has been completed. This can be a big money-saver or money-maker in some cases depending on how well your bet is doing. A re-calculated sum will appear at the bottom of your betting slip which you can then take home!

When an accumulator does come in, it can be a hefty win. In 2011, one lucky Ladbrokes punter won a massive £272k from a £2.50 nine-fold acca! An 85th minute Fernando Llorente strike for Athletic Bilbao salvaged a 1-1 draw against Barca and gave the mystery man a huge pay-day! Disclaimer: Tips are for information purposes only and do not guarantee a win No betting strategy should encourage you to bet more than you can afford.

All Odds and Markets correct as of the date of the publication