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About Matt Jones

Matt Jones is an Everton supporter living in Merseyside, England. He has a enormous passion for the Toffees and travels far and wide to watch them in action. Not to mention an significant interest in all aspects of European football. Completely at ease with the fact he is a football nerd, Matt has a huge interest in tactical and statistical side of the game. Matt’s writing has featured on Soccerlens, Bleacher Report and in the Liverpool Echo. Follow him on Twitter for more football chatter @MattJFootball

First Person Account of Everton Giving Newcastle The Monday Blues: The Heart Of English Football

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Editor’s note: Today marks the first column of a new weekly series by Matt Jones entitled ‘The Heart Of English Football’ that gives you insight into what it’s like to be a supporter who lives in England — capturing the … Continue reading

Liverpool’s 3-4-1-2 Formation The Best Way To Facilitate Talents Of Both Sturridge And Suarez

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Liverpool are second in the Premier League table after their emphatic 3-1 win over managerless Sunderland. The Reds, inspired by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, had far too much firepower for the Black Cats yesterday and never looked in real … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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So, on the brink of another bumper weekend of soccer, we’ve scoured the globe (and the TV guides) to help pick the best five games for you to watch this weekend. So put your feet up and get ready to … Continue reading

Vincent Kompany Has Earned The Right To Be Considered Amongst World’s Best Defenders

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It’s not often that a defender is lauded as man-of-the-match following a 4-1 win. But after City trounced United in the season’s first Manchester derby, amongst the many contenders for the accolade was  Vincent Kompany, as the City captain put … Continue reading

Unbeaten Everton Already Reaping The Benefits Of Roberto Martinez’s Influence

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It’s still there. That Everton spirit. The coveted togetherness that many predicted would cease the second David Moyes walked out of Goodison Park. In fact, it’s been more prominent than ever in the past seven days. It’s helped Everton to … Continue reading

Dortmund Showing That There’s Life After Gotze, But Can Aubameyang And Mkhitaryan Fire Them To Glory?

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Losing in the Champions League final is always something of a body blow. It’s even worse when you’re beaten by a domestic rival. And when that team has already snaffled your best player too? Well, that’s just piling on the … Continue reading

How New Signings Ozil, Eto’o, Barry, Eriksen, Sakho & Fellaini Fared In Their Debuts

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Having had to wait two weeks, supporters of Premier League clubs finally got to see some of their last-minute signings in action this weekend just gone. The capture of a new star stirs excitement amongst a fan base, but ahead … Continue reading

Everton vs Chelsea: Victory Over Mourinho’s Men Can Jolt Toffees’ Season To Life

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After what seemed like an neverending hiatus from the joys of club football, it’ll be back in shed loads this weekend. This includes the Premier League of course, and arguably this weekend’s most high-profile encounter will be at Goodison Park as … Continue reading

A Seamless Tactical Reintegration Of Luis Suarez Will Be The Cornerstone For a Strong Liverpool Campaign

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Liverpool haven’t had a bad start, have they? They sit atop the Premier League with maximum points obtained, no goals conceded and in possession of a striker in red-hot form. The early signings of Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon … Continue reading

Roy Hodgson Must Establish A Common Identity If England Are To Become A Major Force Again

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It wasn’t quite Rome 1997 or Istanbul 2003, but England emerged with what looks like a decent draw in their crunch tie with Ukraine on Tuesday evening. Despite a rallying call from captain Steven Gerrard that the Three Lions would … Continue reading

100 Caps and Counting: Frank Lampard Deserves One Last Crack At Major Tournament With England

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England were 3-0 up against Estonia at Wembley on 12th May 2007; cruising to victory and playing well under a new manager. But suddenly, midway through the second half, boos rang out around the home of English football. The reason? … Continue reading

England’s Line-Up That Could Win The 2022 FIFA World Cup

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So, England should be looking to win the World Cup in 2022? In case you missed it, this was the view of new FA Chairman Greg Dyke last week. And it might not be quite as ridiculous a notion as it sounds. … Continue reading

Marouane Fellaini Will Prove Doubters Wrong And Become A Fan Favorite At Manchester United

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It’s always a wonderful feeling when your team scores. But sometimes, when a certain player sticks one away, it just seems to mean that little bit more. As an Evertonian, when players like Duncan Ferguson or Tim Cahill netted important … Continue reading

Prosperous Deadline Day For Everton, But Keeping Baines Is the Toffees Best Bit Of Business

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There was a point during deadline day, at about 10pm local time, that things were looking pretty bleak for Everton Football Club. The Toffees were understandably lambasted by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, with a £12million bid for James McCarthy – … Continue reading

Probing Questions Will Be Asked If Everton Let Baines and Fellaini Leave At The Death

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Providing you aren’t a supporter of one of the Premier League’s more illustrious, well-off outfits, the final knockings of the transfer window are usually an agonizing, anxious period. Sure, it’s built up to be a day of excitement. A day … Continue reading

What Does The Future Hold For Wayne Rooney As A Manchester United Player?

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Closing time is fast approaching on the transfer window, and whilst many deals are just starting to gather pace, one of the summer’s major transfer sagas looks to be running out of steam. The future of Wayne Rooney has been … Continue reading

Oscar Is Fast Becoming Chelsea’s Main Man Under Jose Mourinho

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Before the start of this campaign there was positivity a-plenty when talk turned to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s return and Frank Lampard’s contract extension made for a delighted set of supporters, and the prospect of the two aforementioned club legends working … Continue reading

First Person Account of League Cup Experience: Why Cup Success Is Bittersweet For Lower League Teams

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Clearly incapable of going one solitary evening without watching soccer in some capacity, I chose to sample a League Cup tie involving one of my local sides on Tuesday night. Tranmere Rovers were playing Bolton Wanderers in the second round … Continue reading