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: West Bromwich Albion
2015/16 Premier League team preview: West Bromwich Albion

When West Bromwich Albion drafted in Tony Pulis midway through last season to replace Alan Irvine, the club essentially guaranteed itself a Premier League future. But as the Welshman gears up for his first full campaign at the helm of the Baggies, he faces quite a challenge. After all, West […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: West Ham United
2015/16 Premier League team preview: West Ham United

Before delving into the minutiae of West Ham United’s upcoming campaign, it’s worth noting that this is a hallmark season for the London club. It’s their last season at the iconic Boleyn Ground before they become the new tenants of the capital’s Olympic Stadium and they’ll be desperate to sign […]

2015/16 Premier League preview: Watford
2015/16 Premier League preview: Watford

Alongside Bournemouth, Watford were the other team to be automatically promoted from the second tier last season. But the Hornets couldn’t have done things much more different to Eddie Howe’s side and as they gear up for a campaign under new manager Quique Flores, this team is very much an […]

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

It was the same old story for Sunderland in 2014-15; start with a vibrant manager with momentum from the previous campaign, fall into a mid-season lull, bring in someone new, regroup, stay up. As the Black Cats begin this season with Dick Advocaat at the helm, there’s a sense things […]

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

Southampton received plenty of praise for their unexpected seventh place finish last season, but Swansea City, who were much less lauded, were only four points off Saints in eighth position. Perhaps the fact more people weren’t heralding the Welsh outfit’s top half finish is a measure of their astounding progress […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Tottenham Hotspur
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed an intriguing first campaign under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino, with the club eventually finishing in a respectable fifth place. But there was an underlying sense that for Spurs, the campaign could have yielded so much more. After all, not only did the north Londoners lose a […]

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

In his two years at the helm of the Britannia Stadium, Mark Hughes has made understatedly excellent progress with Stoke City Taking over from Tony Pulis, who forged the side in his own gnarly image, was never going to be an easy task. But Hughes has preserved the pragmatic principles […]

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

After a one-year hiatus from the top flight, Norwich City are back in the big time. And after beating local rivals Ipswich Town and then Middlesbrough in the final of the playoffs, the Canaries have returned to the Premier League in the most desirable way possible. They’ll fancy their chances of making […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Newcastle United
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Newcastle United

Is ever really wise to do a season preview for Newcastle United? After all, the only things we can really say with any certainty is that the team will play in black and white stripes, their crowd will be passionate—whether for the team or against the owners—and there will, at […]

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

Southampton’s story last season was one regularly recited; and rightly so. The club’s ability to sell and sign genuine quality was an inspiration to those teams a little short of the elite level. Granted, they did fall away late on, but Ronald Koeman’s side would have been delighted with a seventh place […]

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

In his first full season in charge at Old Trafford, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was given an easy ride in the eyes of many. But after another summer of significant transfer activity at the club, the Red Devils boss will be acutely aware that some progress must be made […]

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 […]