It's a new and innovative way to bet has been introduced by Ladbrokes, one of the top betting sites in the UK. It combines betting with fantasy football, and is based on stats like shots, goals, assists, tackles, saves, cards, etc... In this guide you will learn how to play 5-A-Side at Ladbrokes and how to build your 5-A-Side team on any fixture to compete with other players to win top rewards.
What is Ladbrokes 5-A-Side?
It's a new betting game based on the very popular bet builder feature, where fantasy points determine the outcome of your bet after you choose your starting line-up. The result is a fun, simple feature that is unique and interesting.
You get to play the role of a football manager and build a bet around your chosen formation.
Commenting on the new launch, Stew Townsend, Ladbrokes head of brand marketing, said: “We wanted to create a product that centred upon player ability and Ladbrokes’ 5-A-Side combines elements of Fantasy Football and Football Manager. It means that just like those, fans will get rewarded for their knowledge and insight.”
How to play 5-A-Side at Ladbrokes?
First of all, you are required to open a new Ladbrokes account (or login your existing one). Guests are not allowed to play this game on Ladbrokes website.
As a new customer, you will also receive the much appreciated Ladbrokes sign-up offer. Just make sure you are using the relevant Ladbrokes promo code in order to activate the bonus.
Now, click on the 5-a-Side tab in the main menu and find out which matches are available to be played as 5-a-Side bet.
Choose the match you wish to bet on and pick your formation (there are six team formations available).
Select your players and the related stats to get the odds of your bet.
As you make selections, you will see the odds of your bet update beside the big green button as you adjust the stats.
Once you’re happy with your selections and odds, you can click the green button to confirm your bet selections and stake.
How does a 5-A-Side bet work? What are the rules?
The objective of the game consist of finding five players in a match who are able to achieve their mission within the game.
This is the reason why Ladbrokes allows you to choose from several key positions and formations, in order to bet on different match statistic.
You’ve got a total of nine options here: Keeper, Hacker, Cruncher, Baller, Playmaker, Chancer, Sniper, Finisher, and Sharp-shooter!
Keeper (to concede X goals): You can choose how many goals you think your goalkeeper will concede, or opt for a clean sheet instead.
Hacker (to be carded): If you are in need of a player to keep the referee busy, this player position is for you.
Cruncher (to make X tackles): Place a defensive cruncher in your team to make a number of tackles.
Baller (to make X Passes): If you would like a player to make a lot of passes, then choose a baller to form part of your team and select how many passes they’ll make.
Playmaker (to have X assists): Pick a playmaker to have a number of assists and set up those goals.
Chancer (to have X shots outside the box): If you are eyeing an impressive player who could shoot at a goal from outside the box, choose him as your chancer!
Sniper (to have X shots): If you think a player will keep shooting at any chance he gets – even when achieving the goal does not seem at all likely – this player should be your sniper.
Finisher (to score X goals): A finisher’s role is entirely focused on getting the ball into the net, so this is your player for scoring a high number of goals.
Sharp-shooter (to have X shots on target): While a sniper is always a good option, the sharp-shooter will shoot AND hit the target.
The positions you choose are effectively what you are betting on the players to do. For example, choose a keeper and you will either be betting on a clean sheet or how many goals he is going to concede in the game.
When it comes to outfield players, of course,there are more bet types to choose from.
Please note that you are not limited to playing outfield players only in their traditional positions. For example, you can place a striker in the Hacker position if you want to bet on him to be shown a card.
Players can choose among six different team formations: Balanced, All-out attack, Rush Goalie, Park the Bus, Gung-Ho and Shoot on Sight.
Balanced (1-1-2-1) – 1 keeper, 1 hacker, 1 baller, 1 sniper and 1 finisher
All-out attack (1-1-0-3) – 1 keeper, 1 hacker, 2 snipers and 1 finisher
Rush goalie (0-1-2-2) – 1 hacker, 1 playmaker, 1 sniper and 2 finishers
Park the bus (1-3-0-1) – 1 keeper, 2 hackers, 1 cruncher and 1 chancer
Gung-Ho! (0-1-1-3) – 1 baller, 1 playmaker, 1 sniper, 1 finisher and 1 sharpshooter
Shoot on sight (1-0-2-2) – 1 keeper, 1 chancer, 1 sniper, 1 sharpshooter and 1 finisher
It's up to you! You might want to focus on a mix of attacking and defensive players or alternatively go defender or attacker-heavy depending on what type of match you are expecting.
Eg. If you think it mighe be a very levelled game, you may go for a balanced formation (with just one defender) while if you think it might be a one-sided affair, you may opt for the Gung-Ho formation.
You can use the same player in multiple positions. For example, if you think one of your selected players will assist a goal and pick up a yellow card, you can put him as your playmaker and your hacker.
You can adjust your stats as desired. Just use the + and - signs to change how many shots/goals/assists etc.. you want to back him to have.Of course, odds will adjust accordingly.
Football data provider Opta will also provide statistics to assist you when picking football players and attributes.
By selecting a different statistic to bet on for each player, the system generates an accumulator price.
Ladbrokes regularly run leaderboards in addition to their ground-breaking 5-A-Side product. This makes it free-to-play, enabling both existing customers and new customers to build their own teams and compete with one another for free.
Tips & Tricks
As you can see, there are lots of way to play a 5-A-Side bet builder. Studying the stats is essential to succeed in this new way to bet on football matches.
The great news is that Ladbrokes have player statistics available for every for every footballer who is available for selection.
In terms of strategies, it is strongly recommended that you have a clear picture in your head about what you think will happen in the match before you start picking your team.
Eg. If you expect a low-scoring affair between Man City and Chelsea, then avoid the All-Out Attack, Gung Ho and Rush Goalie formations.
Naturally, take a look at probable line-ups. The more minutes your guys play, the more chances they have to reach their target.
Confirmed team news generally comes through about an hour before kick-off. Hence, prepare your 5-a-side bets and place them once you are sure that your selected players all feature from the off.
Don't forget you can change your picks until kick-off should your players will be not on the pitch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I try 5-A-Side?
5-A-Side bets are becoming very popular among football punters nowadays. If you are a football fan, you like bet builders, fantasy football and enjoy including player props in your wagers, then absolutely YES.
For which leagues can I play 5-A-Side?
You can play 5-A-Side on every game of Europe's top leagues and competitions, including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Europa League plus the elite divisions such as Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Spanish La Liga.
Is Ladbrokes 5-A-Side a fantasy football game?
It can't be considered a daily fantasy game. Think about this 5-a-Side like a five-fold accumulator made through the bet builder tool.
Can I play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side Leaderboards?
Ladbrokes are the home of the 5-A-Side Leaderboard game where you compete against others live to win prizes and rewards. Every 5-A-Side bet placed within the qualifying period on selected matches goes into the Leaderboard contest where you compete with other players to win top rewards such as cash and free bets.
How can I check match stats?
With Ladbrokes you can go pitchside when you play 5-A-Side thanks to theit innovative Touchline Tracker feature, including real-time Opta stats on your players while your team is in action.
Select your formation, pick your players, then track their progress thanks to real-time stats powered by Opta.