How do football accumulator bets work?

Here’s how to work out a football accumulator and why players use them in the first place

How do football accumulator bets work


Football accumulator betting is one of the best ways to increase your odds while keeping your stakes to a minimum. Accas are great for bettors who are confident enough in their choices to group wagers together into one mega bet.

The bonus of an accumulator is that you get bigger odds, and so your potential payout is greater. However, your risk increases because if one leg of the acca fails, your whole bet loses.

If you want to know more about what an accumulator bet is then read our guide today. Or, if you’re looking for advice on how to place an accumulator bet then we have a guide for you too.

In this article we’ll take you through how accumulator bets work in football, so you can be as clued up as possible when it comes to betting on the next round of fixtures.

How do football accumulator bets work

A football accumulator bet works in exactly the same way as an acca on any other sport. The idea is that you make a number of selections and group them together into a big wager. Each selection needs to win individually in order for you to win your whole bet.

Here’s an example:

You want to bet on the first round of World Cup group games and back big favourites in one mega acca. You select:

    • England to beat Tunisia at 1.40
    • Germany to beat Ivory Coast at 1.80
    • France to beat Korea at 1.70
    • Portugal to beat Canada at 1.40

Each time you make a selection and add it to your bet slip, the accumulator odds increase. The Paddy Power sportsbook calculates the risk not only of each leg winning, but all legs winning together.

In this instance, the accumulator generates odds of 4.99. Place £10 and if all four legs win, you win £49.98 profit (plus your tenner stake back).

Accumulator bets in football usually focus on match results but punters can create single-game accas that take into account multiple events in one match. For example you might choose to bet on England to beat Tunisia, score first, be winning at half time and to earn +5.5 corners.

No matter what you bet on, the more selections you make the higher the odds will climb. Some punters like to push accas to the extreme and wager a tiny amount in the hope of winning thousands in profit. The real skill is to judge the right size of your acca and not go over the top with too many selections.

After all, a winning accumulator – no matter how small – is better than a losing one.

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How to work out an accumulator bet

It is possible to work out an accumulator bet but most people use a bet calculator to do it for them. This way you can easily see your potential profit from any stake you choose.

However, if you want to calculate an acca manually then here’s how it’s done:

A football accumulator is calculated by multiplying all your individual odds together and then multiplying that figure by your stake. Here’s an example:

Total Acca Returns = Your Stake x (Odds 1 x Odds 2 x Odds 3 x Odds 4)

If we use the World Cup example above, then your acca looks like this:

Total Acca Returns = £10 x (1.40 x 1.80 x 1.70 x 1.40) = £59.98

Being able to earn five time back your stake on a four-fold acca of dead certs is what punters are looking for. Get accumulators right and they can prove very profitable.

When to use a football accumulator

There are multiple instances when placing a football accumulator may prove a better idea than sticking to a series of individual single wagers. If you want to place an acca but don’t know where to start then here are some times when they might be useful:

  • Backing dead certs – The third round of the FA Cup might provide the odd upset but generally the dead-cert Premier League teams advance when playing lowly opposition, especially at home. You can group a load of dead certs into a big acca and generate bigger profits
  • Reducing your stakes – If you want to bet low but still chase big profits then accas are perfect. You can reduce your stake or keep the stake the same and add on more legs to bump up your odds
  • Testing your knowledge – Planning to use your knowledge to bet on multiple teams across various leagues on the same day? A football acca can group everything together and really test your knowledge of the beautiful game.


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