Thomas Giles

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Thomas Giles is a sports/sports betting writer specialising in English and Russian football. Having written features for various publications in both England and Russia such as the Guardian, Russia Beyond the Headlines and Sports Daily, Thomas also contributes to Russian and Eastern European football websites Russianfootballnews.com and Futbolgrad.com.

Stoke City v Man United Betting Tips: Visitors hard to look past at bet365 Stadium

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Stoke City v Man United Betting Tips: Visitors hard to look past at bet365 Stadium

Even though this match involves one of the league’s big clubs in the form of Manchester United, I expect this match, in which they travel Stoke City, to be fairly uninteresting which means there should be a good profit to be made. After a run of no wins in five matches, two back-to-back victories means that Stoke City have moved up to ninth in the table as they look to once again push for European football. As mentioned on previous tips concerning the Potters, they have somewhat lost the defensive solidity that they were well known for under previous boss…

West Bromv Sunderland Betting Tips: Away day blues to go on for Moyes

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West Bromv Sunderland Betting Tips: Away day blues to go on for Moyes

This match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland hardly promises to be one of the more exciting of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. However, its predictable nature means punters can do well. West Bromwich Albion may have lost their most recent two fixtures in the cup and league respectively yet they are still doing exceedingly well in the Premier League as they sit in a very lofty eighth place. The Baggies do tend to lose a fair number of games but these tend to be against the top teams in the division, usually winning or at least drawing against the…

Port Vale v Bury Betting Tips: No shortage of goals at Vale Park

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Port Vale v Bury Betting Tips: No shortage of goals at Vale Park

Friday’s League One match sees two teams looking to avoid relegation this season go head-to-head as Port Vale host Bury at Vale Park. Port Vale may have lost their latest match against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup, however, prior to that they had avoided defeat in each of their last two games, including one win, following a run of three losses. This puts them 15th in the table but still just six points off the relegation spots, fortunately for them, they do still have at least one game in hand on most teams in and around them. Goals are…

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Seagulls to bounce back under the lights

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Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Seagulls to bounce back under the lights

Friday’s Championship match sees two promotion hopefuls comes head-to-head as Brighton & Hove Albion host Sheffield Wednesday at The Amex. Brighton suffered a shock loss at Preston North End in their last league match which meant that they lost their position of Championship leaders to rivals Newcastle United. However, they are still just one point off top spot and are firmly in the automatic promotion places, ahead of third place Leeds United by a huge six points. The Seagulls are the most solid side in the whole of England having conceded just 17 goals in 25 league matches – a…

Southampton v Norwich City Betting Tips: Saints can come through a goal-filled encounter at St Mary’s

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Southampton v Norwich City Betting Tips: Saints can come through a goal-filled encounter at St Mary’s

Although these two play in separate divisions, this fixture is probably the closest match-up of all three of Wednesday’s FA Cup Third Round replays. The initial tie was a high-scoring affair that culminated in a 2-2 draw. Southampton have not been on the best of runs recently having won just once in their last six matches which has even led to some fans, rather dramatically, calling boss Claude Puel “the worst manager Southampton have ever had”. As mentioned on recent Saints tips, their once reliable back-line has now fallen apart somewhat with just one clean sheet in their last seven…

Burnley v Sunderland Betting Tips: Home form too strong to ignore

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Burnley v Sunderland Betting Tips: Home form too strong to ignore

The only all-Premier League FA Cup 3rd round replay taking place sees Burnley host Sunderland after a rather drab 0-0 in the North East just over a week ago. My favourite Premier League tip of the weekend was certainly Burnley to beat Southampton on Saturday. I could not believe the price on the hosts, especially given their recent form, and it paid dividends. The Clarets have now only lost one of their last five matches, winning three of them. As mentioned numerous times when writing about Burnley, their solid defence is what allows them to achieve results. Sean Dyche’s men…

Fleetwood v Bristol City Betting Tips: League One side can add to visitors’ woes

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Fleetwood v Bristol City Betting Tips: League One side can add to visitors’ woes

In-form League One side Fleetwood Town host out-of-sorts Championship side Bristol City in this FA Cup 3rd round replay after a 0-0 draw in the initial tie. Fleetwood are one of the most in-form sides in England at the moment having extended their 13-match unbeaten run by beating Bristol Rovers at the weekend, lifting Uwe Rosler’s side into the play-off places. The defence has certainly been the bedrock to The Trawlermen’s relative success in recent times having kept four clean sheets in their last five matches in all competitions whilst their overall record of 29 goals conceded in just 26…

Man United v Liverpool Betting Tips: Rooney to deliver on the big stage once again

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Man United v Liverpool Betting Tips: Rooney to deliver on the big stage once again

The highlight of Sunday’s Premier League fixture list is the match between historic rivals Manchester United and Liverpool. Manchester United are on a fantastic run at the moment having won their last nine matches in all competitions which means they are only three points off the top four and still competing in both the League and FA Cup as well as the Europa League. Jose Mourinho’s team have pretty much the perfect combination right now with both a strong-looking attack and a menacing defence. At the back, the unlikely pairing of Rojo and Jones seems to be keeping the opposition…

Everton v Man City Betting Tips: Goodison could be set for stalemate

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Everton v Man City Betting Tips: Goodison could be set for stalemate

This match is certainly the secondary clash between Merseyside and Manchester compared this Sunday; however, these are two good sides who should put on a decent show. Despite losing their last match in the FA Cup against league champions Leicester City, Everton have actually been on a good run in the Premier League having won two of their last three and not losing any of that trio of games, boosting them up to 7th in the table. The Toffees’ defence has been back on form with two clean sheets in those two aforementioned wins which means their ‘Goals Against’ record…

Cambridge v Blackpool Betting Tips: Hosts to pick up where they left off in League Two

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Cambridge v Blackpool Betting Tips: Hosts to pick up where they left off in League Two

This League Two clash is between two sides who are aiming for the play-offs this season as Cambridge United host Blackpool at The Abbey Stadium. Cambridge have been in fantastic form recently having dropped points just once in their last seven matches and even that was a draw, placing them in 9th and just one point off the play-offs, whilst they also put up a good fight in their FA Cup loss against Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United on Monday night. As you would expect from a team in their form, Shaun Derry’s side are pretty good at both ends…

Wolves v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Bookings the way to go at Molineux

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Wolves v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Bookings the way to go at Molineux

Saturday’s late Championship kick-off is a West Midlands derby between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux. Former Villa manager Paul Lambert has turned things around at Wolves having lost just once in their last four league matches, pushing them up to 16th and five points clear of the bottom three, whilst they also caused one of the upsets of the round in the FA Cup at the weekend as they recorded a 2-0 victory away at Premier League Stoke City. Wolves have realised that defence is not their strong point, as shown by the fact they have conceded 34…

Burton v Wigan Betting Tips: Hosts ready to take three points at The Pirelli

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Burton v Wigan Betting Tips: Hosts ready to take three points at The Pirelli

This Championship match is a relegation clash between newly-promoted Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic – both of whom are in terrible form at the moment. Burton are playing in this league for the first time in their history but are arguably making a good fist of it as they sit outside the drop-zone with 25 games gone. However, a poor recent run of five losses in their last six means they are only outside the bottom three by just a single point. Despite this recent losing streak, overall, the Brewers have actually been pretty good at the back with their…

Burnley v Southampton Betting Tips: Dyche’s men can line punters’ pockets

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Burnley v Southampton Betting Tips: Dyche’s men can line punters’ pockets

This Premier League match is currently a mid-table clash between Burnley and Southampton. Additionally, with neither of these two scoring many goals, we could be in for a tight affair at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.  Burnley are not on a fantastic run at the moment having failed to collect three points in either of their last two matches in all competitions, however, two league victories prior to that keeps them in the upper reaches of the bottom half, while, perhaps more importantly, they have an eight point cushion between them and the drop-zone. As expected, the Clarets are an…

Leeds v Derby Betting Tips: Monk’s men to continue on the up

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Leeds v Derby Betting Tips: Monk’s men to continue on the up

This match sees two sides towards the top of the Championship table go head-to-head at Elland Road. It also sees two of the league’s most defensively sound teams go to work on each other. Leeds are currently on a fantastic run having won all but one of their last six matches in all competitions, including a spirited fight back against lower league Cambridge United in the FA Cup on Monday night. This excellent form has put them right in the play-off mix as they currently sit fifth and five points ahead of seventh. Garry Monk’s team have a good balance…

Reading v Q.P.R. Betting Tips: Visitors’ revival to come to an end at Madejski

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Reading v Q.P.R. Betting Tips: Visitors’ revival to come to an end at Madejski

Thursday’s Championship match sees promotion pushers Reading take on relegation strugglers Queens Park Rangers at The Madejski Stadium. Reading are currently on a fantastic run in the second tier with nine wins in their last 11 matches putting them an impressive third in the table. They may have been hammered 4-0 by Manchester United in their recent FA Cup tie but there is no danger that that will have knocked their confidence going into this match against Q.P.R. Jaap Stam has got his Reading side playing good football and they are an attack-minded side who score goals as proved by…

Southampton v Liverpool Betting Tips: Visitors to profit from a high-scoring first leg

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Southampton v Liverpool Betting Tips: Visitors to profit from a high-scoring first leg

This second EFL Cup semi-final looked like it would be quite finely balanced a few weeks ago. Now however, it looks like it will only be swinging one way. Southampton had been on a good run until a few weeks ago, but they’re currently without a win in four, losing their last three league matches before only managing a 2-2 draw away at Championship Norwich City. The Saints are still in the Premier League’s top-10 but will need to improve drastically to maintain such a position. However, this League Cup competition gives them a good chance of winning some silverware…

Blackpool v Wycombe Betting Tips: Ainsworth’s men can continue winning streak

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Blackpool v Wycombe Betting Tips: Ainsworth’s men can continue winning streak

This Checkatrade Trophy clash is between two League Two sides in the form of Blackpool and Wycombe Wanderers. Blackpool are currently in the top half of the table and just five points off the play-off places but have been inconsistent in recent weeks with no back-to-back wins in all competitions since the beginning of December and no wins in any of their last three matches. As per usual with the Tangerines, the drama has been off the pitch rather than on it with several fan protests overshadowing what has been a pretty decent season. Although Gary Bowyer’s team have scored…

Man United v Hull City Betting Tips: Easy route to the final for Mourinho?

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Man United v Hull City Betting Tips: Easy route to the final for Mourinho?

This is no doubt the most unbalanced of the two EFL Cup semi-finals as in-form Manchester United take on the Premier League’s bottom side Hull City.  After experiencing a rocky patch a couple of months ago, Manchester United have recovered to win their last eight matches in all competitions and remain very much alive in of them.  Jose Mourinho’s side showed their ruthlessness as they dispatched of Championship side Reading 4-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday. Before that though, it was their solid defence which had been the backbone of their recent run with no more than one goal…

Cambridge v Leeds Betting Tips: In-form U’s can go well against Championship opposition

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Cambridge v Leeds Betting Tips: In-form U’s can go well against Championship opposition

The final FA Cup tie of the weekend sees League Two Cambridge United host Championship play-off hopefuls Leeds United on Monday night. Cambridge have been on a fantastic run recently with no defeats in their last seven, winning six of those and lifting themselves up into the play-off places – two points ahead of nearest challengers Colchester United. As expected with a team that has accumulated so many wins over the last few weeks, The U’s score a fair number of goals with 35 in just 24 matches. However, Shaun Derry’s team are also excellent at the back with his…

Chelsea v Peterborough Betting Tips: Blues to bounce back by dominating League One side

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Chelsea v Peterborough Betting Tips: Blues to bounce back by dominating League One side

This FA Cup tie sees Chelsea, top of the English football pyramid, take on Peterborough United of League One. Chelsea saw their 13-match winning streak ended by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek as they lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane. However, this result now arguably takes the pressure off them as they no longer have that monkey on their back whilst they are still five points clear of 2nd place Liverpool. A team on such an incredible run generally has incredible attributes all over the pitch, however, their loss at Spurs proved that they can be broken down and stopped in…

Cardiff v Fulham Betting Tips: Warnock’s men can capitalise on home advantage

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Cardiff v Fulham Betting Tips: Warnock’s men can capitalise on home advantage

This FA Cup match is an all-Championship affair as play-off chasing Fulham travel to relegation battlers Cardiff City. Neil Warnock’s Cardiff are currently undefeated in their last two and have lost just once in six, placing them in 19th and three points above the relegation zone at present. The Bluebirds don’t score many goals with their record of 27 in 24 worse than most of the teams in and around them. However, their goal-scoring exploits have picked up a bit recently with the Welsh side scoring in each of their last five Championship matches. Unfortunately though, unlike a typical Warnock…

Sunderland v Burnley Betting Tips: Moyes’ men can continue to go well at home

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Sunderland v Burnley Betting Tips: Moyes’ men can continue to go well at home

This FA Cup tie is a match-up between two of the favourites for top-tier relegation as Sunderland host Burnley. Whilst the competition will provide some respite from the league, both sides could do with a win – a win that would surely serve as a big confidence booster. A couple of matches ago it looked like Sunderland may have been about to dispense with the services of manager David Moyes, however, after some decent results at home, including a well-earned draw against Liverpool means they are now only one point from safety with a bit of momentum in their favour.…

Stoke City v Wolves Betting Tips: Punters shouldn’t discount Championship side

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Stoke City v Wolves Betting Tips: Punters shouldn’t discount Championship side

On the face of it, this Midlands derby between Premier League Stoke City and Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers looks to be going only one way. However, if there’s one thing the FA Cup delivers time and time again it’s shock results. We may just see one here. Stoke have been the model for many recently-promoted clubs for a number of years in the way they have made themselves a fixture in the Premier League. However, they have been rather wobbly this season and currently sit in 11th following yet another bad patch which has seen them yield just one win…

Norwich v Southampton Betting Tips: Saints to end run of poor performances

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Norwich v Southampton Betting Tips: Saints to end run of poor performances

This FA Cup Third Round tie sees European hopefuls Southampton travel to Championship promotion hopefuls Norwich City. Norwich recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over in-form Derby County last time out after a run of three matches without a win, boosting them up to ninth in the table. However, despite recently being in the Premier League, The Canaries are a huge five points off that precious sixth spot with promotion looking an uphill task from here on. Alex Neil’s side have no problems in forward areas and are capable of blowing teams away with their attacking threat. They have scored an…

West Ham v Man City Betting Tips: Both teams can profit going forward

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West Ham v Man City Betting Tips: Both teams can profit going forward

The first FA Cup Third Round tie is an all-Premier League affair as West Ham host Manchester City on Friday night. A couple of weeks ago it had looked like West Ham had been relieved of their woes as they recorded three Premier League victories on the bounce – two of them to nil. However, recent losses against Leicester City and Manchester United sees them stagnating down in 13th. As mentioned above, two of The Hammers’ three recent victories were to nil scorelines and so it looked like the defence, which was so shocking earlier in the campaign, had been…

Doncaster v Portsmouth Betting Tips: Home is where the heart is for Doncaster

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Doncaster v Portsmouth Betting Tips: Home is where the heart is for Doncaster

Thursday’s League Two match sees two teams looking for automatic promotion go head-to-head as Doncaster Rovers host Portsmouth at Keepmoat Stadium. Doncaster currently top the fourth tier and, whilst they are only one point ahead of second place, they are seven ahead of the play-offs. Darren Ferguson’s team are currently on a good run having won three of their last four league matches, conceding just one goal. A few weeks ago Rovers were scoring goals for fun and blowing teams away rather than securing more solid victories. However, in recent weeks they have gone the other way and have now…

Tottenham v Chelsea Betting Tips: White Hart Lane set for fiery encounter

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Tottenham v Chelsea Betting Tips: White Hart Lane set for fiery encounter

Two sides looking to take the Premier League title come head-to-head at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night in a fixture which got very feisty towards the end of last season. Spurs currently sit fifth in the table, ahead of sixth on goal difference and a huge 10 points behind league leaders and Wednesday’s opponents Chelsea. Even at this early stage, it looks like that gap will be too big to close. Tottenham had been criticised for relying too much on their solid defence in the early part of the season as they went on an exceptional run which saw…

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