Accumulators are one of the most popular types of football bet placed online (or via a bookies for that matter) as they offer the chance of a big return from a small wager. If you’re one of the people who religiously place an acca on the weekends football, then this section of the site is for you as it’s 100% accumulator focussed – with offers, strategies and tips.
If you need a little help picking selections for your acca then you may want to check out our tips blog. Each week our skilled tipsters scour the fixtures for good value legs which you can use to add to your accumulator. Or if you’re feeling lazy feel then by all means just copy our bet leg-for-leg – we usually aim for 4-6 selections per article, depending on what’s going on. You can find our latest tips below:
Football Accumulator Tips: 11th – 12th August 2018
|Arsenal vs Manchester City||Arsenal +1.00 Asian Handicap||11/20|
|Blackpool vs Portsmouth||Portsmouth/Draw Double Chance||1/2|
|Macclesfield vs Grimsby Town||Macclesfield/Draw Double Chance||21/50|
|Columbus Crew vs Houston Dynamo||Columbus to Win||4/7|
|Bahia vs America MG||Bahia to Win||4/5|
|Five-Fold Acca Odds||7.73/1|
Acca Insurance Offers
Despite the name, Acca Insurance offers aren’t actually insurance policies. Instead they’re promotions aimed at people who like to place accumulators that give you something as a consolation prize if your bet doesn’t win, but comes close.
Whilst there are differences between the bookies that offer them, the majority of these offers are in the form of free bet refunds if only one leg loses. So, for example, if you place a 5-fold bet that has four winning legs and only one losing leg, then you would qualify for the offer.
The maximum value of these offers also varies between betting sites, but is normally in the range of £25 to £50 per bet. Some bookies then go on to limit this to once per day whilst others set maximum value per month. Normally receiving the free bet is automatic, but again some bookmakers require you to claim the bonus by contacting support after a qualifying bet.
Insurance on all Football Leagues
Ladbrokes’ football accumulator, insurance will return a free bet if one selection in your football match winner accumulator doesn’t win but all other selections do. We think this is worth a notable mention for a number of reasons.
- Matches from ALL leagues are included – Most acca insurance offers place restrictions on what leagues are eligible, but not here. Whatever the league, it is included.
- Minimum odds of just 1/10 per leg – The low entry odds for your selections means that there are very few fixtures that won’t be included, with a total minimum for the whole acca of just 3/1.
- Maximum Free Bet of £25 – The free bet awarded will be a match of the acca stake, in this case up to £25. A generous amount in our opinion.
Other points to consider are that this offer is available on accas with 5 or more selections and only applies to pre-match selections, i.e. before the game kicks off. If you cash out any part of your acca, the offer won’t apply. Should your bet hit the proverbial bar and miss by just one selection, you should be awarded your compensatory free bet within 24 hours.
18+. UK + IRE only. Min selection odds 1/10. Min acca odds 3/1. 1 sports free bet per customer/day. Pre-match straight line accas only. Certain deposit methods excluded. Free bet conditions: credited within 24 hours, valid for 4 days, stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
Both Teams to Score and Match Winner Insurance
Many football accumulators will be based around the match winner but almost as popular is the both teams to score market. You can select bets on ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ depending if you think both teams will in a particular game score or not. At BetVictor, accumulators including both the match winner and both teams to score (BTTS) markets could generate a free bet matching the bet stake up to £10, if just one leg loses.
To qualify for this offer, accas must have 5 or more selections from a number of selected competitions. This acca must also have total minimum odds of at least 4/1 (5.0) to apply. English and Scottish leagues, Champions League, Europa League, World Cup, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga 1 & 2, Italian Serie A and French League 1 are all included so there’s plenty of scope.</p
Free bets will become available shortly after a qualifying acca has been settled and will be valid for 3 days. You can receive one free bet every day but please be aware that cashed out bets won’t be able to benefit.
Acca Edge – Refunds on All Sports Paid in Cash
Betfair’s Acca Edge is offered to you on your betting slip whenever you add three or more selections on any sport at any odds in their sportsbook. Should you accept this on an accumulator that you place, it will cover you with a refund of your stake if only one leg in that acca loses. Acca edge has some key points that we think set it aside as one of the best offers that you will find of this type.
- Refunds paid in cash – That’s correct, refund of your stake will be paid as cash and not as a free bet. This means that the funds will be available to use as you wish. There is no limit on stake either so there isn’t a maximum refund.
- All sports and all odds included – There are no restrictions on what selections can apply for Acca Edge. Whatever the sport or whatever the price of your selection, it can be included in the offer.
- Applies to trebles and upwards – Another key benefit is that accas with just three selections (a treble) will qualify for an Acca Edge insurance offer.
So, how does Acca Edge work? When you have added applicable selections to your betting slip, a section will appear asking if you would like to accept the offer of insurance. You will be offered a reduction in your potential winnings in return for a refund on your stake if only one leg loses. The only exceptions are each way accas, perms and bets placed at SP. Other than that it’s a very open and flexible offer.
If one of your selections is a non-runner or void for any reason, the insurance offer will be cancelled. However, you will get the original win price if the remainder of the bet comes in. For selections with guaranteed odds, the increase and decrease in winnings that can result will be accounted for.
Bonuses are also available on successful accas, paying an added percentage on top of your original winnings. This can either be a sliding scale, with an increase in the potential bonus as the number of selections in each accumulator increases. They can also be a flat percentage applied to a qualifying bet.
Again, these offers are very popular so we’ve carefully selected 10Bet’s all sports Acca Boost as the best of the bunch for you to consider.
Winning Accas Boosted up to 60%
Accumulators with just two selections or more can receive a boost on their winnings with 10Bet. The percentage boost that your acca could have applied will depend on how many selection there are. Doubles are the entry level acca, with a boost of 2% added but this rises to 60% if your acca has 16 selections or more. The key benefits of 10Bet’s Acca Boosts are:
- All sports included – No matter what your chosen sport, or if your acca is a mix of sports, they will be included.
- Low entry odds – Each leg of your acca must have odds of at least 1/5 (1.2) for you to qualify for a boost so this should open the offer up to the majority of markets.
- Up to £10,000 extra winnings – The maximum additional winnings that you can receive with a boosts is capped at £10,000, potentially a huge bonus.
The percentage boost will be indicated on your betting slip prior to placing your bet, giving you the option to add or remove selections to increase or reduce the potential extra winnings. Should your bet win, additional winnings will be paid in cash at the same time as regular winnings during the settlement of the bet.
As mentioned, the entry level is 2% for doubles with a maximum 60% for 16-folds and above. Other examples are 10% for 5-folds, 30% for 10-folds and 50% for 14-folds.
In-play bets are excluded as are bets where a partial win can be achieved such as Asian Handicaps. If any part of the bet becomes void or is cashed out, the boost will be removed.
Offer Rules, Terms & Strategy
As you can see from the lists (above) there are plenty of different promotions to choose from, all of which may seem fairly similar on first glance. However, terms between the offers differ quite a bit and it’s important to make sure that you’re betting with the right bookie based on the type of bet you want to place. After all, it’s no good choosing a betting site that requires your acca to be placed on the both teams to score market if you want to include a couple of first goalscorer bets in with it as well.
Below is a list of what you should be looking out for when picking an offer to go with. To make things even easier for you, all of this information is listed within the offer descriptions above!
- Number of Legs – All acca offers will specify a minimum number of legs. The industry average tends to be 5, but the more generous promotions may require more. The lowest number of legs we’re aware of is 10Bet who only require four, but have a minimum odds requirement (see below).
- Minimum Odds – Quite often there will be no minimum odds requirement for accumulator offers, but some betting sites do have them. These may be in the form of a cumulative minimum (eg: the acca must have combined odds of 3/1 or more) or a leg minimum (eg: all legs must be at least ½).
- Sports & Markets – With these types of promotion it’s very common for there to be restrictions based on sport or market. For example, a bookie may only allow bets on the match odds market of premier league football matches. Whilst that’s fine for some people, it’s no good if you want to bet on a goal scorer market or on a match from a different league.
- Maximum Refund – Most acca insurance offers tend to be for £25 or £50, but there are some smaller (and bigger) ones out there as well. You’re going to want to make sure the insurance is big enough to cover your bet. So if you’re placing a £30 bet you don’t want to be doing it at a bookie that only refunds £25, or you’ll miss out on that extra fiver.
- Claim Limit – Many bookmakers limit the number or frequency of insurance promotions you can claim, either with a monetary amount (eg: £500 per month) or by time (eg: one claim per day). If you’re placing multiple accas it’s worth spreading them around the relevant bookies listed above.
Void Bets & Acca Offers
When a regular single bet is made void it is as if it had never been made, with your stake returned and neither party better off. With accumulators, when a leg is made void it is effectively removed from the acca – meaning that your 6-fold simply becomes a 5-fold if one of the legs is voided.
Whilst this is the fairest way of handling such bets, it does affect insurance offers somewhat because the number of legs you need to qualify for the offer is based on the number settled not the number placed. So in the example above where a 6-fold becomes a 5-fold, if your offer required you to have 6 or more legs then you would no longer qualify.
This is a fairly standard term that pretty much all bookies have in their offer terms, so shopping around won’t help in this instance. Instead it just involves a bit of common sense – if you’re placing an acca with legs in markets that are less likely to be made void (such as match odds) then you’re probably fine risking it with the minimum number of legs.
On the other hand, if you were to place a bet that involved multiple first goalscorer legs, you have a much higher chance of a leg being made void – for example, if the player doesn’t come on for the team.
In this scenario you may want to play it safe by adding an extra leg (so 6-legs for a 5-leg minimum offer) for a wager that you’re fairly confident will happen. And that’s where the 1/4 bet on Man City to beat Newcastle at home comes in – assuming that the market is within the terms of the offer you’re claiming, of course.