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.
Red Star Belgrade v Arsenal Betting Tips: Home side to upset the odds
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Red Star Belgrade v Arsenal Betting Tips: Home side to upset the odds

This Europa League match sees the two top sides in Group H battle it out as Red Star Belgrade host Arsenal. Red Star are on a decent run of form at the moment with six wins from their last seven matches in all competitions. In fact, in terms of the Europa League they will feel they should be level with Arsenal at the top of the group following dropped points against Belarusian side BATE Borisov on matchday one. Crvena Zvezda have been sublime at both ends of the pitch in that aforementioned good run of games with 16 goals scored…

Scotland v Slovakia Betting Tips: Tartan Army to come out on top
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Scotland v Slovakia Betting Tips: Tartan Army to come out on top

These two sides are battling out for the playoff spot in Group F as England are pretty much guaranteed to top the group in the final standings. After a miserable start to the qualification campaign which saw them take just four points from four games, the pressure was mounting on Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and it looked to be another fruitless campaign for the Scots. However, they have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four competitive matches – putting them right back in the mix. The Tartan Army have managed to add goals to a…

Montenegro v Denmark Betting Tips: Home side undervalued
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Montenegro v Denmark Betting Tips: Home side undervalued

With these two sides sitting on the same number of points (16) in Group E, they will both feel they have a decent chance of reaching the playoff round of the World Cup qualifiers. One of them could still finish top of the group and qualify automatically for Russia 2018, but that honour is likely to go to Poland who are three points clear at the summit. Montenegro have been on a fantastic run of late and have now taken maximum points from each of their last three qualifiers. However, they need a result against Denmark on Thursday as they…

SKA Khabarovsk v FC Rostov Betting Tips: Travel time to have negative impact Rostov
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SKA Khabarovsk v FC Rostov Betting Tips: Travel time to have negative impact Rostov

These two will be relatively happy with their seasons so far with Rostov pushing the European spots whilst SKA, although in the relegation zone, will still feel they have a decent chance of survival. SKA had been on a really good run of no defeats in seven competitive matches until their loss against Amkar Perm last time out and they can consider themselves unfortunate to still be in the relegation spots. Recent matches for Aleksei Poddubskiy’s side have contained quite a few goals. This is mainly due to a rather leaky looking defence which has failed to keep a clean…

Manchester United v Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Lukaku to keep up good form
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Manchester United v Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Lukaku to keep up good form

These two sides have had very contrasting starts to the season with Manchester United flying high in second whilst Crystal Palace sit rock bottom of the table. Manchester United cruised through their Champions League Group A match against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night, coming out 4-1 winners, which stretches their winning run to five games. Jose Mourinho’s men have been fantastic in both boxes this season with 17 goals scored and just two conceded in six Premier League matches. United have also kept a clean sheet in all but one of their top flight outings so far this term. United have…

Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Hosts to win with ease
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Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Hosts to win with ease

Both of these sides looked to be in a bit of trouble a few weeks ago, however, whilst Villa have improved dramatically to push up to eighth, Bolton still prop up the table. Steve Bruce’s Villa side have gone on a marvelous recent run in the Championship with no defeats in their last seven and three wins from their last three outings. After struggling to find their shooting boots in the opening weeks of the campaign, Villa now have them firmly laced onto their feet with nine goals scored in their last three matches. They have also been defensively sound…

Lokomotiv Moscow v FK Zlin Betting Tips: Home side to win uninspiring game
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Lokomotiv Moscow v FK Zlin Betting Tips: Home side to win uninspiring game

Group F is the only Europa League group without a goal so far – something that these two teams will try to sort out on Thursday night. After a fantastic start to the season, Lokomotiv Moscow have tailed off in recent weeks – winning just once in their last five competitive outings. Having said that, they are still second in the Russian Premier League. The Railroaders have been beset by injuries this season, particularly in the forward line, and it is no surprise that they have scored over 1.5 goals in just one of their last five games. Defensively though,…

Oxford United v Walsall Betting Tips: Home side to take three points in goalfest
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Oxford United v Walsall Betting Tips: Home side to take three points in goalfest

These two teams are currently stuck in midtable as neither of them have been able to put a consistent run together. Oxford were close to claiming a playoff place last season, howe but they will have to turn their inconsistent form around quickly if they are to make a charge for the top six this time around. This inconsistent form is demonstrated by the fact that the U’s have failed to win back-to-back matches this season. The main problem for Pep Clotet’s side has been their back line which has now kept just one clean sheet in their last seven…

Preston North End v Millwall Betting Tips: Home side to continue good form
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Preston North End v Millwall Betting Tips: Home side to continue good form

These two sides have been in relatively decent form of late with no defeats in their last two for Millwall and no defeats in their last five for Preston North End. Preston showed fantastic character in their last match as they turned a 1-0 half time deficit into a 3-1 victory away at Birmingham City – costing Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp his job. North End are one of those sides that generally go under the radar and they will hope to do so again this season – they currently sit fourth in the Championship table. Alex Neil’s side have been…

Southampton v Manchester United Betting Tips: Mourinho’s men to win with ease
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Southampton v Manchester United Betting Tips: Mourinho’s men to win with ease

These two teams are in rather contrasting form at the moment with Manchester United having won their last three whilst Southampton have picked up just one win in their last four. Southampton finally picked up their first win since 19th August last time out as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0. However, despite their aforementioned poor run of form, they are still in the top half of the table with a total of eight points after five games. That goal against lowly Crystal Palace was the Saints’ first goal in three matches and so it is no surprise that they are…

Leicester City v Liverpool Betting Tips: Foxes to repeat midweek success
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Leicester City v Liverpool Betting Tips: Foxes to repeat midweek success

This match is almost an exact replica of the League Cup match which took place midweek with Leicester City hosting Liverpool although this time we are back to the bread and butter of the Premier League. The League Cup meeting finished in a 2-0 victory for Leicester. This latest victory against Liverpool was Leicester’s first win in any competition since 22nd August with their last Premier League win coming even further back on 19th August. This poor run of form has put Leicester 15th in the table, however, there will be easier fixtures to come so no need to panic…

Burnley v Leeds United Betting Tips: Visitors to pull off shock
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Burnley v Leeds United Betting Tips: Visitors to pull off shock

Premier League meets Championship in this EFL League Cup tie as Burnley host Leeds United. Burnley continued their fantastic four-match unbeaten run by drawing 1-1 at Liverpool on Saturday – putting them up to seventh in the top flight. This result also saw my Both Teams to Score bet come off! Once again, the Clarets were solid at the back at Anfield with just the one goal conceded against a forward line who had scored 15 goals prior to that match on Saturday. This means that Burnley have not conceded more than one goal in any of their competitive matches since…

Crawley Town v Notts County Betting Tips: High-flying Magpies to come out on top
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Crawley Town v Notts County Betting Tips: High-flying Magpies to come out on top

This match sees two teams at opposite ends of the table take each other on as Crawley Town host Notts County. Crawley manager Harry Kewell is in his first ever managerial role and, so far, his side have had an inconsistent start to the season with no back-to-back wins recorded. This puts them down in 18th and just three points above the dropzone. The Red Devils had initially struggled with the offensive side of their game this term but they have now found the back of the net in each of their last three outings. Defensively, Crawley have been poor…

Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town Betting Tips: Poor defensive performances to lead to goals at Blundell Park
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Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town Betting Tips: Poor defensive performances to lead to goals at Blundell Park

These two sides have had mixed starts to the season with neither of them able to put any sort of consistent run together, meaning they are both in midtable at this early stage of the campaign. Grimsby recorded an excellent victory last time out as they beat high-flying Accrington Stanley 2-1 away from home which pulls them a bit further away from the relegation zone. The Mariners have done pretty well in the final third of late with goals in each of their last three outings. However, they have been incredibly poor at the back with an average of two…

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Goals at the City Ground
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Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Goals at the City Ground

Both Forest and Wolves have made good starts to the season with Forest sitting in eighth and just two points behind Wolves in fourth. After losing two on the spin, Forest managed to recover last time out by winning against recently-relegated Sunderland. The Reds were really poor at the back last season and their record of 72 goals conceded was the second-worst in the division. Unfortunately for them, that trend seems to have continued this term with Forest keeping just two clean sheets in all competitions so far. Additionally, their Goals Against record of 11 in seven league matches is…

Watford v Manchester City Betting Tips: Manchester City to come out on top in goalfest
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Watford v Manchester City Betting Tips: Manchester City to come out on top in goalfest

These two have made excellent starts to their respective seasons with Manchester City sitting in second whilst Watford are fourth. Watford are one of only three teams yet to suffer a Premier League defeat and this will give them huge confidence going into their match against title hopefuls Manchester City. The Hornets have been particularly good at the back recently with three clean sheets in their last three top flight matches. The three league goals they have conceded so far this campaign all came in their opening day draw with Liverpool. In terms of the final third, compared to the…

Liverpool v Burnley Betting Tips: Both teams to have opportunities at Anfield
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Liverpool v Burnley Betting Tips: Both teams to have opportunities at Anfield

These two sides have very different ambitions for this season with Liverpool looking to challenge for the title whilst Burnley will be more than happy with another successful survival campaign. Liverpool’s title challenge took a huge hit last time out with a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City. This result pretty much rendered their earlier 4-0 victory against Arsenal useless. Furthermore, they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Sevilla in their first Champions League group stage match of the season. Watching Jurgen Klopp’s side is guaranteed entertainment as their matches are always packed with…

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United Betting Tips: Baggies to secure points on home turf
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West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United Betting Tips: Baggies to secure points on home turf

These two sides are expected to finish around midtable and, whilst West Brom are currently living up to that target, West Ham still have ground to make up. After winning their first two league matches of the season, West Brom have taken just one point from a possible six in their last two outings. However, there is no real cause for concern as they will undoubtedly survive this year. Tony Pulis’ side’s reputation for keeping clean sheets has been shot to pieces recently with none in their last three games and five goals conceded in that time. Unfortunately, the habit…

Red Star Belgrade v BATE Borisov Betting Tips: Serbians to come out on top in high-scoring encounter
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Red Star Belgrade v BATE Borisov Betting Tips: Serbians to come out on top in high-scoring encounter

This match sees two Eastern European teams, both highly successful in their respective nations, come together as Red Star Belgrade host BATE Borisov. Red Star are looking to regain the title they lost last season to historic rivals Partizan and so far they are making a good fist of it with 19 points taken from seven matches: putting them top of the table. This European campaign has been a good one so far with this season being Red Star’s first Group Stage appearance in a European competition since 2007. Unsurprisingly for a team top of their domestic league, Crvena Zvezda…

Hapoel Be’er Sheva v FC Lugano Betting Tips: Israelis to dispose of minnows with ease
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Hapoel Be’er Sheva v FC Lugano Betting Tips: Israelis to dispose of minnows with ease

This match may not seem that exciting on the face of it, however, these are often the best matches to bet on as you can find real value in the markets. Hapoel Be’er Sheva have had a glorious last couple of seasons with consecutive title triumphs in Israel along with a first ever European knockout phase appearance last year. Given the fact that they have been drawn in a relatively easy Europa League group, many are expecting them to repeat last year’s feat this time around. However, if they are to do so, they will have to improve on their…

FK Vardar v Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips: Away side to keep up good defensive record
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FK Vardar v Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips: Away side to keep up good defensive record

This clash in Group L is arguably a meeting between the minnows of the group, Vardar, who have never qualified for the group stage of a European competition, and the favourites, Zenit St. Petersburg, who won the UEFA Cup back in 2008. However, despite the difference in quality between the two sides, there is still value to be had in the markets. Vardar have won the Macedonian championship for the last three seasons, however, this campaign has not got off to the best of starts as they currently sit down in fourth and four points off top spot after three…

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City Betting Tips: Exciting first half at Molineux
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City Betting Tips: Exciting first half at Molineux

Both of these sides have been in good form in this opening part of the campaign so we should be in for a thrilling spectacle on Tuesday night. After a blistering start to the season which saw them win their first four league matches, Wolves have gone off the boil a bit recently with just four points taken from a possible nine in their last three games. However, the fact they won last time out shows they are at least now heading back towards the right track. Wolves’ solid defence has been the best aspect of their performances so far…

Benfica v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips: Home side to come through with ease
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Benfica v CSKA Moscow Betting Tips: Home side to come through with ease

These two Group A participants are both seen as likely title challengers in their domestic leagues, however, things have not got off to the best of starts for either of them with neither of them sitting top of their respective league tables. In terms of the Champions League, it looks like these two will be battling it out for the second spot qualification behind Manchester United. Despite an unbeaten start to the season, Benfica are currently down in third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and two points off top spot. However, with them being the reigning champions, as well as the…

Manchester United v FC Basel Betting Tips: Home side to record conservative victory
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Manchester United v FC Basel Betting Tips: Home side to record conservative victory

This Group A match sees the favourites of the group host the least fancied team as Manchester United take on Basel. Manchester United are still top of the Premier League table despite their frustrating 2-2 draw with Stoke at the weekend. Although this Champions League campaign is United’s first since 2015, they are more than used to this level of competition. The two goals that Jose Mourinho’s side conceded in that aforementioned draw at Stoke were the first two that they had conceded in a competitive match this season. In terms of the forward line, things are also going swimmingly…

West Ham United v Huddersfield Town Betting Tips: Terriers to exploit Hammers’ poor backline
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West Ham United v Huddersfield Town Betting Tips: Terriers to exploit Hammers’ poor backline

These two sides have had very contrasting starts to their respective seasons with West Ham currently propping up the table down in 20th whilst newly-promoted Huddersfield Town are flying up in third. West Ham’s poor start to the season has not helped manager Slaven Bilic: who was also under pressure at the back end of last season. Comments by the club’s owners have not helped the situation and they seem to be constantly undermining their manager. All of this looks like it could end badly for Bilic and possibly West Ham. In terms of matters on the pitch, the Hammers have…

Swansea City v Newcastle United Betting Tips: Goals to flow at the Liberty Stadium
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Swansea City v Newcastle United Betting Tips: Goals to flow at the Liberty Stadium

These two teams suffered difficult starts to the season but have now recovered to win their most recent matches and so confidence will be relatively high in both camps. After demolishing Milton Keynes Dons by a 4-1 scoreline in the League Cup, Swansea took advantage of Crystal Palace’s poor form to record a victory in their final match before the international break; putting them in 13th place. The Swans’ Goals Against column does not look particularly good with four goals conceded in three games, however, it is important to remember that all of these came in one match against Manchester…

Burnley v Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Palace’s poor form to continue
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Burnley v Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Palace’s poor form to continue

Sunday ‘s lunchtime Premier League match sees Burnley, who will be reasonably happy with their opening trio of games, host Crystal Palace who are having a nightmare start to the campaign. Burnley managed to collect a valuable point away at title challengers Tottenham Hotspur in their last match before the international break. This was an excellent recovery after their loss to West Bromwich Albion in their previous league fixture. We all know that the Clarets are unlikely to excite too many this season, but, we also know that they are very capable of getting the job done will give solid…

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