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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

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

Why Roberto Martinez Is The Right Man To Build On The Moyes Legacy At Everton

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So it looks as though Roberto Martinez is set to be the man to take over at Everton. After a bittersweet season, in an FA Cup victory was immediately followed by relegation, the Spaniard has called time on his Wigan … Continue reading

Mourinho Will Be Box Office, But His Chelsea Return Should Be Greeted With Caution

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There will have been few heavy hearts in the Spanish capital when Jose Mourinho’s exit was confirmed by Real Madrid last week. For in the past few months he has cut a frustrated, petulant and desperate figure to regular viewers … Continue reading

Dortmund Must Seize Their Champions League Chance; They May Not Get Another

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In the modern game, success is often bought just as much as it is earned. To challenge on all fronts, the common view is that you need massive financial backing. As unromantic a viewpoint as this is, in the past … Continue reading

Europa League Final Tactical Review: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

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With Eden Hazard missing through injury and Victor Moses not fit to start, Chelsea began this one with Ramires on the right hand side and Oscar on the left. Frank Lampard and David Luiz took up the central midfield positions, … Continue reading

Can Wilfried Zaha Be An Instant Hit at Manchester United?

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As Manchester United supporters were paying homage to the team’s twentieth domestic title, at the other end of the country, a glimpse of their future was on show. Wilfried Zaha, Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever signing for the club, struck … Continue reading

Everton Have Much to Be Positive About Despite David Moyes Departure

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As an Everton supporter, it’s a peculiar feeling knowing that the next time David Moyes sets foot in Goodison Park, he will make his way to the opposition dugout. Even then, despite the fact he will sporting a red tie, … Continue reading

Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: Madrid’s Wasteful Shooting Cost Them

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Jose Mourinho made two changes from the first leg. Angel Di Maria replaced Luka Modric, with the latter dropping into midfield in place of the more industrious and defensive-minded Sami Khedira. Michael Essien replaced Pepe, with Sergio Ramos shifting across … Continue reading

Why Manager David Moyes Needs to Sign a New Contract At Everton

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There has been much talk about the legacy David Moyes would leave at Everton if he was to walk away this summer. Some say Everton should be thankful for the manner in which he has established them in the Premier … Continue reading

Chelsea Should Think Carefully Before Letting Legend Frank Lampard Walk Away

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The direction that the Chelsea hierarchy are looking to steer the club in is very clear. The world’s best young players are very much the agenda in the transfer market whilst the ‘old guard’ look as though they will be … Continue reading

What’s Going Wrong at Manchester City?

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On the back of the most enthralling, satisfying and successful season in the club’s history, there should be an air of positivity surrounding Manchester City. ‘That goal’ from Aguero, and the numerous connotations it brought should have been the dawning … Continue reading

Everton vs Liverpool Preview: It’s Time For Moyes To Remove The Shackles From Everton

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There often comes a point early in the season when supporters will look at their weekend fixture and think ‘wow, massive game for us this weekend’. With eight games gone, it’s not going to be far off for most. The … Continue reading

There is No Moral High Ground in the Fight Against Theatrical Diving In Soccer

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After reading some online reviews of the new FIFA 13 game, there were some comments on the articles that struck really struck me. Whilst the majority of them were overwhelmingly positive, there were some voicing their disappointment that the creators … Continue reading

Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview

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Whilst all the talk so far this week has been about anything other than the football, i’m looking forward to the game finally getting underway. Here is a look at the game from an entirely tactical point of view, and … Continue reading

Reasons For Liverpool to be Positive After Sunderland Draw

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After an insufferable international break, the Premier League was back with some brilliant fixtures to sample Saturday. Here are some tactical thoughts on the two games I watched: Reasons to be positive for Liverpool: Liverpool were particularly unlucky not to … Continue reading

Can Leighton Baines Take Over From Ashley Cole for England?

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With Ashley Cole being recognized as the best left back on the planet for much of the past decade, chances have been at a minimum for Leighton Baines in the England side. It is easy to see why the Everton … Continue reading

A Tactical Look at Southampton-Man United and Liverpool-Arsenal

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The two big games on Sunday provided us with some further insight into how the respective teams will approach this season. Here are some tactical points that proved to be key in determining the results, and some things that may … Continue reading