Ever wanted to combine fantasy football with football betting? While this may not sound like the most obvious combination initially, it makes sense – these two activities are by far the most popular ways football fans around the world use to engage with their favourite game, beyond watching it on their screens! Ladbrokes had the exact same idea, and so they introduced their 5-a-Side feature, which lets you build your dream team and see how close their strategy will match reality. If it does, you win!

How is That Possible?

Well, while the premise might sound fantastical on paper, in practice it’s really just another form of football accumulators. For those of you who never placed such a bet, accumulators (also known as “acca” bets) involve betting on multiple things at once, in effect placing multiple wagers. This could include several matches (for example, petting on every match in the Champions League), betting on several elements in a single match (for example that Manchester United will win, that Marcus Rashford will score at least one goal and that the game will go into overtime), or, sometimes, a combination of both. If even one of your predictions is wrong you lose the entire bet, but if they all turn out to be correct you’ll win substantially more than if you had bet on them individually.

Ladbrokes’ 5-a-Side feature works the same way. In a given match, you pick one of the teams and select 5 of its players. After you select a strategy for the team as a whole, you need to assign each player a role. That role is served to predict what will happen during the actual match. For example the Hacker (the guy who keeps the referee busy) is expected to get a card. The Cruncher is expected to make a number of tackles. The Finisher is expected to be the one to score. And so on and so forth. If your strategy and roles pay off in the actual match, then you win!

How to Play Ladbrokes 5-a-Side

Playing 5-a-Side may sound like a complicated chore, but it’s actually very, very easy. Here’s how to get started:

  • Log into your Ladbrokes account
  • Go to the 5-a-Side page
  • Choose a match to bet on
  • Select your players from the team
  • Choose their strategy and assign roles
  • Submit your wager

As simple as that, at least on a technical level. Obviously there’s more to it if you actually want to win, but there’s not much advice we can give you there. Victory relies solely on your own knowledge not only of the teams in general, but of each individual player’s individual strengths, weaknesses and peculiarities. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then build your dream team and lead them to victory!

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