Matt Jones

Matt has been writing for World Soccer Talk for more than two years, contributing pieces about myriad topics and regularly lending his voice to the podcast. Matt has covered games live for the website from a host of venues, including Wembley, London and the ANZ Stadium, Sydney. He is a regular at Goodison Park where he watches his beloved Everton, but harbours an unyielding interest in all aspects of European soccer. You can get in touch with Matt via e-mail at mattjones@worldsoccertalk.com or on Twitter @MattJFootball
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Liverpool
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Liverpool

For the second consecutive summer, Liverpool’s squad has had a major facelift and the team that begins the season at the Britannia Stadium on the opening day is likely to be far removed from the XI players infamously whacked 6-1 by Stoke City as the curtain came down on 2014-15. With […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Manchester City
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini wasn’t expected to make it past this summer after Manchester City finished the 2014-15 season with no silverware to show for their efforts. But the club’s owners have backed the Chilean coach, as he looks to secure a second Premier League title in three years as manager. Although […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Leicester City
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Leicester City

After finishing the 2014-15 season with momentum firmly at their backs, Leicester City should be positive going into their second consecutive Premier League campaign. But there’s a sense of foreboding about the King Power Stadium after a summer of significant change. The manager has gone, for starters. Nigel Pearson may […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Crystal Palace
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Crystal Palace

Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over” is a tune that regularly blurs out from the tannoy system at Selhurst Park. But the song synonymous with Crystal Palace has never been quite as relevant on the cusp of the 2015-16 season, with the club’s supporters itching to get started. Alan Pardew oversaw […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Everton
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Everton

After one season which yielded so much promise and another which was an unmitigated disaster, the upcoming campaign is a vital one for Everton boss Roberto Martinez. An appalling pre-season paved the way for a terrible start to 2014-15. The domestic calendar was interspersed with Europa League football at Goodison […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Chelsea
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Chelsea

Teams that win championships rarely make wholesale changes going into the campaign after and after cantering to the Premier League title last season, there’s a very familiar feel to the Chelsea squad bidding to secure back-to-back triumphs. At the time of writing, aside from the acquisitions of Nathan, Kenedy and Asmir […]

Everton icon Duncan Ferguson deserves his testimonial date at Goodison Park
Everton icon Duncan Ferguson deserves his testimonial date at Goodison Park

Testimonials are typically a time to look back and wistfully reminisce. So after it was announced Everton would be hosting a belated one for former striker Duncan Ferguson against Villarreal, it was no surprise to see a poll running on the club’s official website recollecting some of the current first […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Aston Villa
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Aston Villa

The appointment of Tim Sherwood seemed to breath new life into Aston Villa in 2015, but despite avoiding relegation with ease, the previous campaign finished with a whimper, paving the way for a summer of substantial change at Villa Park. Villa’s Wembley date was ruined as they succumbed to a […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Arsenal
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Arsenal

After years of stubbornness from manager Arsene Wenger hampered Arsenal in pursuit of the Premier League title, the cerebral Frenchman seems to be learning overdue lessons that will enrich a renewed charge towards top spot in 2015-16. The first signs of which came during Arsenal’s fine run to the finish […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Bournemouth
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Bournemouth

Has there ever been a Premier League debutant quite as popular as Bournemouth? It’s tough to recall if so, as the Cherries drew unanimous acclaim last season after taking the Championship by storm, scoring goals for fun and securing promotion to the Premier League as worthy champions. The manner in […]

Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory
Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory

Genuine all-rounders are rare in soccer. Second strikers, No. 10s, inverted wingers and holding midfielders; trequartistas, registas and liberos; positions are specific and players are bracketed by increasingly defined criteria. But some bespoke players do possess those multifaceted traits, like Arturo Vidal. It’s what makes Bayern Munich’s acquisition of the […]

David Ospina would be an astute signing at Everton to replace Tim Howard
David Ospina would be an astute signing at Everton to replace Tim Howard

Goalkeepers have been a hot topic this summer. Iker Casillas being bombed out of Real Madrid, Manchester United’s David De Gea potentially replacing him, Arsenal finally signing a top-class No. 1 in Petr Cech; there’s been a fair share of spotlight trained on a facet of a squad which is […]

Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times
Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times

The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware. Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team’s existence. While fans of Argentina, although they’ve only been waiting for a meagre […]

Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea
Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

Jose Mourinho clearly still sees something bright burning in Radamel Falcao. Not many positive points will have been accrued since the Colombian left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013.  Even fewer in the subsequent season, when El Tigre toiled during a turbulent loan spell at Manchester United. […]