STOKE City are in danger of dropping down into the relegation zone in the Championship table this evening (July 1).
If Hull City win their scrap with fellow strugglers Middlesborough, the Humbersiders (22nd) will leap over the Potters (21st) and consign them to the bottom three.
If this should happen it would make Stoke's coming Saturday home clash with Barnsley (23rd) one of the most important 'six-pointers' in the club's history.
Barnsley will arrive at the bet365 Stadium on a high after collecting seven points from a possible nine on returning to action from lockdown.
The Tykes have won 3-2 away to QPR and 2-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers, and recorded a 0-0 draw at home to Millwall sandwiched in between.
Stoke, on the other hand, have only a paltry point from a 1-1 draw at Reading to show for their efforts on their return, after losing 2-0 at home to Middlesbrough and 2-0 away to Wigan in their latest encounter.
Potters fans will be keeping their fingers cross that new Boro boss Neil Warnock can conjur another win out of his side.
Warnock warned: I never get a club that's doing well. I get strugglers. But I have a formula."
Wigan could join the relegation mix following the shock news that the club has gone into administration and faces a 12-point deduction.
The Latics have 50 points, eight off the relegation zone. If they stay put of the bottom three, the 12 point deduction will be applied this season; if not, they will be docked the points next season.
The Lancashire club showed a net loss of 9.2m in their annual accounts for the year ending June 30, 2019.
There was a change of ownership in May this year, when IEC divested its ownership to Next Leader Fund.
Wigan have entered administration just a week after Hong Kong-based businessman WEai Kay Au Yeung was confirmed as their new owner.