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Gray: Clash Like A Cup Final

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Former Everton striker Andy Gray says Sunday's clash with Arsenal has the feel of a cup final.

The Blues welcome Arsene Wenger's side to Goodison Park looking to close the gap on their fourth-placed opponents to just one point.

That would leave Roberto Martinez's men with six games to play in the race for Champions League qualification - one more than the Londoners.

And with so much potentially resting on this weekend's result, Gray expects the outcome to boil down to whichever team wants it most.

"Tomorrow’s game is almost like a cup final for Everton," he said. "Arsenal know the one team they have to worry about when they look over their shoulder is Everton, not Spurs.  

"With that in mind, the Gunners might go to Goodison thinking that it will be okay as long as they don't lose. But that will suit Everton."

Indeed, Martinez's men will be looking for their fifth successive win and ninth in a row at Goodison, and Gray's gut instinct is that the Blues will extend that run on Sunday.

He added: "They will be up for this and will be on the front foot from the first whistle. I can see them winning this by two or three goals to one.

"Right now Everton are playing a style of football that the fans like and I think they have a belief that they can catch Arsenal, and that is vital.

"A team with confidence is always dangerous."


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