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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

Premier League Opening Weekend: Preview, Fixtures and Predictions

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Not long now. After what has been an excruciating summer for avid football supporters, with no World Cup and no European Championships to whet the appetite, the Premier League will be back in earnest this weekend. With all the off-season … Continue reading

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Following Pre-Season Promise, Roberto Martinez’s Everton Are Ready For Norwich

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So after all the tactical experimentation, the promising pre-season showings and the astute transfer dealings, Roberto Martinez is on the brink of his first Premier League match in his capacity as Everton manager. Carrow Road will be the venue for … Continue reading

Norwich City Set For Strong Season After Shrewd Summer Dealings

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Whilst the Premier League was awash with off-field sentiment during the final knockings of last season, some on-pitch matters went by unnoticed. Other than the ten goals shared between West Brom and Manchester United on the final day, a couple … Continue reading

Championship Opening Weekend: Fixtures, Preview and Predictions

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Competitive English football is back this weekend, as what is arguably the most exciting league in Europe starts up again. The Championship – English football’s second tier – was nothing short of exhilarating last season. The race to avoid relegation, … Continue reading

Can Roberto Martinez Can Help Rejuvenate Everton Striker Nikica Jelavic?  

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During his tenure as Everton manager, David Moyes never really sussed out how to get the best from strikers. Despite having broken the club’s transfer record three times by bringing in centre-forwards James Beattie, Andrew Johnson and Ayigbeni Yakubu, none … Continue reading

David Moyes Is Setting Himself Up For A Fall By Pursuing Cesc Fabregas

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David Moyes is certainly intent on showing us who the boss is at Manchester United. In his most authoritative move so far, the former Everton boss has made it abundantly clear that Wayne Rooney is going nowhere under his watch. … Continue reading

Christian Benteke Should Think Twice Before Walking Out On Aston Villa

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As Aston Villa were reeling this week following Christian Benteke’s transfer request, manager Paul Lambert must have felt a victim of his own good work. Last summer, the Scotsman took over a team on an apparent unrelenting decline. As if … Continue reading

My Favorite Game: Jagielka Sends Everton Into the FA Cup Final

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As lovers of soccer, we all get caught up in games. But every now and then, there is one game that stands out from the rest. And it can be for a host of reasons. Seeing your team lifting silverware, … Continue reading

Are Spain A Better Side Without Xabi Alonso?

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Are Spain a better side without Xabi Alonso? First and foremost, pondering this question is in no way a slant on Xabi Alonso’s ability. His record speaks for itself anyway: Champions League, double European Championships and World Cup winners medals make … Continue reading

The Story Of When Manchester United Called Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium Home

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What comes to mind when someone mentions Anfield? For the majority, it’s the sight of 45,000 Liverpool supporters with their scarves aloft, bellowing out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The stadium is a symbolic venue, exclusively associated with one of English … Continue reading

The Tragic Tale of Manchester United, Liverpool and the 1915 Match Fixing Scandal

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These days, it is impossible to imagine Liverpool and Manchester United doing any favors for each other. But just shy of a century ago, before the rivalry between the two escalated to the hyperbole that it is today, the two … Continue reading

Roberto Martinez Can Help Ross Barkley To Flourish at Everton in 2013/14

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As the England U20’s became the latest crop to put in a lackluster showing for the Three Lions, watching Everton supporters could forgive themselves for feeling rather positive. Toffees youngsters Ross Barkley and John Lundstram both started the game for … Continue reading

Kevin Mirallas Can Be Everton’s Key Man Under Roberto Martinez

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Looking at Everton’s squad as a whole, there are some players that you would expect to take their game to an enhanced level next year. Compared to the pragmatic and sometimes rigid tactical blueprint of his predecessor David Moyes, Roberto … Continue reading

What’s Going Wrong With The England Football Set-Up?

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The writing has been on the wall for Stuart Pearce for some time now. But having already lost the opening two matches of the European U21 tournament, a third defeat led the England manager to blame his players for the … Continue reading

What Jesus Navas Means For Manchester City

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Despite having no manager in place, Manchester City have made their first signing of the summer. Spanish international winger Jesus Navas will don the sky blue strip next season, after a reported transfer fee of £17m was agreed between the … Continue reading

Why Arsenal Can Challenge For The Premier League Title Next Season

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The Arsenal trophy drought has been very well documented. For supporters so used to picking up silverware on a regular basis, it has certainly been a tough spell. The owners, the manager and the players having all been held accountable … Continue reading

The Rise of Everton’s Right Back Seamus Coleman

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David Moyes made some excellent signings in his eleven years at Everton. The likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Leighton Baines immediately spring to mind when talk turns to this particular topic. But despite his impending exit, potentially the … Continue reading

Picking A Champions League Team of the Season: Who Makes Your XI?

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So, at the conclusion of another season, time to reflect on who the standout performers have been in this campaign. After the first all German final in Champions League history, I decided to pick a best XI based on performances … Continue reading