How to Structure a Winning Accumulator

I’ve updated this article to give you a full step by step guide for how I form my bets. Check it out here!

It can be a minefield trying to pick that winning accumulator, but it needn’t be. Follow these basic principles and guidelines and you will be soon loading that virtual wheelbarrow full of cash.

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Tips for how to structure a winning accumulator:

Concentrate on home wins – Around 48% of all football matches end in home wins – immediately we have increased our chances of a winning selection by focusing on teams at home.

Look for value – The name of the game is finding value; if you believe you’ve found a 2/1 shot that should be Evens then back it and add it to your accumulator. Finding matches with extra value will keep you on the path to long-term profit.

Use form tables and stats to narrow your shortlist – Find out current trends and form tables, you can pick out good value using these kind of stats. i.e. Coventry are floating around the lower reaches of League One this season so the average Joe punter will avoid them – but their home record is excellent – making them a great bet and price when they play at home.

Look at alternative markets – Most punters are unaware of just how diverse the betting markets are. You can back when the first goal will be scored, who will score it, will there be a penalty awarded and what the referee had for breakfast. OK, I made the last one up but you get the picture. Be creative and use all of the markets at your disposal.

Avoid backing a draw in your big multiples – The price on the draw is appealing but we need a lot of luck to consistently win backing the draw. Occasionally I will back a cheeky little draw treble for a bit of fun, if they are local derbies or cup ties, but on the whole I never put a draw in my main accumulator.

Take advantage of bookmaker offers and prices – As a punter we are spoilt for choice these days with the bonuses, price boosts and enhanced multiples. Be sure to check out the latest offers with the main online bookies, you can squeeze a few more quid out of your acca just by shopping around. Most bookies have an enhanced accas or price boost section, always check these out!

Avoid big odds in your acca – Aston Villa maybe 8/1 to beat Man Utd but I wouldn’t consider it adding it to my multiple. If you fancy Villa to get a win then I would advise a single bet, chances are it will sink your acca before it’s even started.

Don’t back your own side (or England either) – I seldom add my own side to my bet slip for the plain and simple reason I am not thinking subjectively. You will have too much emotion attached to it rather than betting with your head. Likewise I never back England. A lot of patriotic money is punted on England forcing the price down, there is never any value in backing the three lions and the fact we play like a pub team doesn’t help either.

Generally speaking you should keep it simple when picking your accumulator. Don’t get carried away with the prices that are stacking up on your bet slip, keep a level head and most of all, you should have fun.

About Jon

I've made What Acca to try and help people starting out with accumulator betting. The possibilities of these types of bets are pretty much endless, with the major attraction coming from the fact that a lot of money can be won for very little outlay. What Acca will hopefully teach you how to make more profitable accumulator bets whilst also eradicating some of the mistakes that I have made over the years.


  1. Very good and clean site and helpful too.

  2. Thanks for reminding me of my team Coventrys abysmal position in the table, by correct that at home under our new manager Mark Robins we are doing well.

  3. Hi,I have been betting for a while,I have some good days & bad days,am looking forward to make more profit with your tips.your help would come in handy for mega jackpot ACCA this weekend ,

  4. Hi just started doing a 5 team accumulator last week, unknowingly took 3 draws with two aways. The 3 draws came up but, the 2 aways let me down. Luck or what! You say don’t take draws in your accumulator?

  5. Dear Jon,

    I am interested in subscribing to your daily free tipping service,
    Kindly send me your bets predictions that I can place for the week , the usual 3 to 5 betting tips you send to your fans every week I have not been receiving it

    Appreciate your hard work, keep it up

    Best regards


    • Hi Charles, I’ve not been sending many in the off season. Last seasons review is coming soon so look out for that!

      Mid July should be the start of regular tips again.

      As for daily tips, I don’t really do them as like to bet when I think it’s strong enough to do so. There maybe a case for this on the website as a lot of people ask for it, but the email tips would be the main season long strategy


  6. I appreciate all your effort Jon am really really grateful sir tkanks I have learnt a lot since I joined you

  7. Sir, good day. i have your mailing list for long but no free pick in my inbox. I only received your other mails but not pick.pls add me to the position. Thanks Jimoh

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