As the 2017-18 season approaches, fans will no doubt be looking forward to kickstarting their betting activity. These football accumulator tips are designed to steer you towards profit.
For many football fans, accas are the staple part of betting activity. No Saturday would be complete without a 104/1 five-fold acca with Jeff Stelling and the Gillette Soccer Saturday boys for company.
Football accumulators explained
Punters like accumulators because they can be a great way to turn a small stake into a big win. Bookies like them because, sadly, they rarely come off - the odds are long for a reason.
Accumulators are basically any sort of multiple bet, usually with at least four selections as multiples with fewer selections have different names - a single, double or a treble. Accumulators work by multiplying the odds for each selection so that the potential winnings from a single stake are manifold. An an accumulator with four selections is know as a 'four-fold' accumulator, increasing to 'five-fold', 'six-fold' and so on.
Different types of football accumulators
Football accumulators are typically made up of a selection of results - for example teams A, B, C and D all to win, with teams E and F to draw, but accas can be built from almost anything. For example, both teams to score accas and more than 2.5 goals accas have grown in popularity over recent years. Most bookmakers will allow customers to build accumulators from any series of bets, from a wide variety of sports and events.
Customers can add permutations to accumulators (know as 'perming in'), so that a return can still be made if one or more parts (legs) of the acca does not come in. These are sometimes known as 'full-cover bets'.
These can be useful methods of guaranteeing a return, but can be expensive to place and, not always profitable, depending on which legs win.
Football accumulator tips: permutations
||3 singles, 3 doubles, 1 treble
||3 doubles, 1 treble
||4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, 1 fourfold
||6 doubles, 4 trebles, 1 fourfold
||5 singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds, 1 fivefold
||10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds, 1 fivefold
||6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds, 1 sixfold
||15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds, 1 sixfold
||21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds, 1 sevenfold
||28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixfolds, 8 sevenfolds, 1 eightfold
Building profitable football accumulators
Different punters have different methods of building their accas. Some never back an away team. Some people choose all 3pm matches on a Saturday. Some will only pick odds-on selections.
Some punters study each team's form meticulously, while others will pick a series of long shots, hoping for a big win.
In truth, though, there is no way to guarantee a profit from accas with the traditional method as, by their very nature, sports results are unpredictable. That's why we like football, right? It's definitely why the bookies love it even more.
Football accumulator software
When it comes to football accumulator tips, the only genuine advice is to use football accumulator software, such as Acca Catcher offered by Profit Accumulator.
Matched bettors make use of such tools to cancel the risk from accumulators and profit from acca insurance offers.
Because bookies know how frustrating it is when one leg lets you down on an acca, many of the major brands offer 'acca insurance' - a free bet if one of your selections ruins your acca.
Bookies have different terms for qualifying, such as minimum odds or number of total legs. As a sophisticated piece of football accumulator software, Acca Catcher automatically shows qualifying selections from each bookmaker, along with the date and time of the event. If you're using Acca Catcher, you really don't need football accumulator tips.
How football acca software helps
There are three main strategies for profiting from football accumulators. Each involves placing lay bets with an exchange such as Betfair or Smarkets to neutralise risk.
Normal: The general principle here is to lay off each leg, one at a time. If one leg loses, you stop. At the end of the acca, if only one leg has lost, you will get your free bet. For this method, matches must not take place at the same time. Acca Catcher allows users to set up alerts to be reminded of when each leg needs to be laid.
Refund lock-in: This method allows users to make a guaranteed profit. With the lock-in method, the lay stake changes depending on the progress of the accumulator. Acca Catcher calculates how much to lay at each leg, to generate a profit either from the free bet or from the accumulator.
Lay-all: With this mode, you can lay all legs of the accas at the start, so matches that take place at the same time can be selected. This is the most convenient method of making guaranteed profit from accas.
Profit Accumulator's Acca Catcher is available to Platinum members. There are step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to use Acca Catcher to build profitable football accumulators.
Best bookies for accas
All bookmakers offer customers acca opportunities, and most offer offers some sort of acca insurance. When it comes to football accumulator tips, one of the most important is to check the smallprint. Bookies have different terms to qualify for acca insurance, which Acca Catcher automatically factors in.
William Hill: £50 refund as a free bet if your five-fold football accumulator bet has just one losing leg. You may bet on the Match Result, Both Teams to Score and Match Result and Both Teams to Score markets. Pre-match bets only.
Ladbrokes: £25 refund as a free bet if your five-fold football accumulator bet has just one losing leg. There are no odds restrictions and the offer is for the Match result (Win-Draw-Win) market only. Pre-match bets only.
Sportingbet: £25 refund as a free bet if your five-fold Win/Draw/Win (Match Result)accumulator bet has just one losing leg. There are no minimum odds. Applies to pre-match and in-play bets.
McBookie: £25 refund if your five-fold Win/Draw/Win (Match Result) accumulator bet has just one losing leg. There are no odds restrictions.
Pre-match bets only.
Coral: £25 refund as a free bet if your five-fold football accumulator bet has just one losing leg. The odds must be at 1.11 or greater for each selection and the overall odds of the accumulator must be at 4.0 or greater. The offer is for the Match result (Win-Draw-Win)market only. Pre-match bets only.
BetVictor: £10 refund if your five-fold Both Teams To Score or Win/Draw/Win (Match Result) accumulator bet has just one losing leg. The overall odds for the accumulator must be at 5.0 or greater. Pre-match and in-play bets are valid.
138: £20 refund as a free bet if your six-fold Win/Draw/Win (Match Result) accumulator bet has just one losing leg. Each selection must have odds of 1.2 or greater.
Pre-match bets only.
21Bet: £25 refund as a free bet if your five-fold accumulator bet has just one losing leg. Each selection must have odds of 1.33 or greater.
Pre-match bets only.
Vernons: £50 refund as a free bet if your six-fold accumulator bet has just one losing leg. The combined odds for the accumulator must be 6.0 or greater.
Pre-match bets only.
Genting: £20 refund as a free bet if your five-fold accumulator bet has just one losing leg. The combined odds of the five-fold must be 6.0 or greater and at least three selections must have odds of 1.50 or greater.
TitanBet: £25 refund as a free bet if your six-fold football accumulator bet has just one losing leg. This offer is valid until Friday 30th June. Applies to pre match straight line accumulator bets on Full time result, Both teams to score and Match result/Both teams to scoremarkets. Each selection must have odds of 1.2 or greater.
A full list of bookies with accumulator refunds is available to PA members.
Why bookies love accumulators
Why do almost all bookies have accumulator offers? Well, the answer is, they love it when punters place accumulators - and it's not just because the odds are stacked in the bookies' favour.
Bookies factor in a profit on almost every bet. This is known as the overround or vig. Just like as your odds multiply with every leg of an acca, so does the overround and, therefore, the bookie's profit margin.