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A quick guide to football betting: A few do's and don'ts when betting on football accumulators

Updated on December 14, 2010
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Now let me start by telling you that this isn't some great foolproof betting system that never fails as they simply don't exist. What this is, is a few tips on what to do and what not to do when betting on football accumulators, no guarantees, no 99.9% accuracy nonsense, just things that in my opinion you NEED to know and realise before even attempting to place your bet. Here's my guide:

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Ok so this is an obvious one but it's so easy to get caught up in the moment. Set yourself a limit before you start betting, a figure that you know you can afford to lose. If you do lose your money then walkaway, it's as simple as that. If you can't walkaway then you shouldn't be betting.

BET FOR ENJOYMENT

If you aren't enjoying betting on sporting events then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Gambling to me is a form of entertainment, just like going to the cinema is for other people. It's not a way to make an extra income (although it does feel great when you win) If the enjoyment has gone then it only spells trouble.

KNOW YOUR BOOKMAKERS

Now most online bookmakers will guarantee the best odds so i don't pay too much attention when i read that. What i pay attention to is their special offers when signing up and what they offer customersĀ on a regular basis. Also it's good to scour the internet to see what people make of a certain bookmakers customer service help lines. When there is money at stake you want to know that you can get hold of the company in question and get the help you require.

BET ON WHAT YOU KNOW

When betting on football i only bet on teams and leagues that i know about. It's pointless me betting on the Argentinian league or the Brazilian league as i wouldn't have a clue what i was doing, So i just normally stick to the English leagues, as it's easier for me to spot a bet that i think is good value.

DON'T LET THE HEART RULE THE HEAD

I make a point of never including my beloved Stoke City in any of my accumulators. The reason for this is i have included them before and they have been the only team to let me down on more than one occasion. Looking back on it if i was a neutral then i probably wouldn't have picked them. It's easy to have have a blinkered view when it comes to your team.

DON'T ADD TEAMS WHO'S ODDS ARE TOO SHORT

If a team is 1/7 to win then i don't even consider it as there is absolutely no value in them. They add very little to your overall winnings and there is always the chance that they can let you down and not even win at all. A pointless bet in my opinion.

DON'T ADD TOO MANY TEAMS

It's easy to get carried away when filling out your betting slip as you watch the odds rise, sometimes you almost convince yourself that you can't lose. I tend to stick with 4 or 5 teams at the most, even then it's hard enough. If you feel the need to bet on quite a few teams then i'd suggest a low stake as the chances of winning are incredibly small.

DON'T CHANGE YOUR MIND

If you look through the paper and fancy a certain team then make sure you pick them. The chances are that if you don't they will win and the team you chose in their place at the last minute will let you down. Also if you don't fancy a team in the first place then don't change your mind. You can often talk yourself around to the idea of betting on someone else, and in my experience it only leads to disappointment. Go with your initial instinct.

DON'T IGNORE THE DRAW

When picking your teams it is often easy to just go for a team to win and forget about the other result, a draw. I always pick a 4 team accumulator of 4 draws amongst my bets as the odds for a match finishing all square rarely goes below 2/1.

DON'T LISTEN TO THE "EXPERTS"

Now and again you will see ex footballers giving their advice on who to pick and who to stay clear of. Don't get sucked in by this as they are just as likely (or unlikely) as everyone else to pick a winning accumulator. Just because they used to play the game means nothing. Back your own judgement, nobody elses.

So there it is. There are my top 10 tips for gambling on football accumulators. The cold, hard fact is that if you're betting on accumulators then it's pretty likely that you're going to lose, however, if you follow the steps above then i believe you will eliminate some of the most common mistakes made when making your selections. I thank you for reading and i hope you found this hub helpful. Feel free to leave any comments below.

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    • bnayr profile image

      Ryan 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      Some good tips there thanks. My betting career is on a break whilst I build up a good bankroll to get revenge on Bet365.:)

    • qmfaisal profile image

      qmfaisal 

      6 years ago from Dhaka

      "Knowing your limits"- that's the toughest part I guess. After all, this is some sort of gambling and people are bound to go beyond the limits ;)

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      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      I often find myself putting bets on things depending on the odds and not what i ACTUALLY think might happen

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      jakiaeasmin 

      6 years ago

      yh but im just happy i win as sometimes teams are so fill and rightful muss it all up lol my bro won 300 pounds betting on stoke metropolis to trounce port at st james prk and of action it happened sightedness as your a stoke fan that mettlesome was a classic comeback

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      Betting Tutorials 

      6 years ago

      Nice tips...disciplin is something that every gambler or trader has to have in his min!

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      loveofnight 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      Nice hub, I found a lot of interesting points here. Although I am not a gambler the points that you have made can be applied to other things....thx 4 info

    • Fuller_legend profile imageAUTHOR

      Fuller_legend 

      7 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent, England

      Lukeyboy: I was well chuffed with that game mate. Not brilliant for the neutrals but great for us stoke fans. I guarantee if i'd have had a bet on us winning that day we would have lost 4.0 though ha ha.

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      lukeyboy112233 

      7 years ago

      yh but im just glad i win as sometimes teams are so close and just mess it all up lol my bro won 300 pounds betting on stoke city to beat newcastle at st james prk and of course it happened seeing as your a stoke fan that game was a classic comeback

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      Fuller_legend 

      7 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent, England

      Good bet that was mate. Don't you always wish that you'd put a bit more on it after though? i know i do.

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      lukeyboy112233 

      7 years ago

      lol one time i betted arssenal to beat chelsea at stamford bridge 2-1 and i got 30 back

    • Fuller_legend profile imageAUTHOR

      Fuller_legend 

      7 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent, England

      Don-Hussein: Glad you enjoyed the hub mate, nice to know where you are from as well. That's the way i look at betting as well mate. Picking around 9 or 10 teams will hardly ever happen and even if it does i don't think you're adequately rewarded.

      Michael: Thanks for reading mate. I think all of us at some point have done those 2 things. It's impossible to look at your own team without a bit of bias in my opinion, that's why i completely stay clear. If i'm having a bet on stoke then i'll just have a hopeful couple of quid but never have them as part of an accumulator.

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      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Fuller legend, Another good hub with a lot of valid points. When i put a bet on for myself i especially recognize changing my mind at the last minute, and backing my own team, which also , usually lets me down.

      Cheers. Michael.

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      Don-Hussein 

      7 years ago

      when i am betting i try to only have 2-3teams so i get odds about 2.5-3 (2/1 - 3/2) and i bet 500 NOK (50£)

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      Don-Hussein 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub, just to bad i don't understand Fractional Odds, in norway we use decimal

    • Fuller_legend profile imageAUTHOR

      Fuller_legend 

      7 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent, England

      Thanks a lot mate, glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      JordanBucher 

      7 years ago from St. Charles

      Nice article! I'm not much on betting, but if I do start for fun, I'll use this as a guide. Thanks!

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