STOKE City are in danger of dropping into the Championship relegation zone before Saturday's visit from a revived former struggling Barnsley.
The Potters find themselves stuck 20th in the table following last night's dismal 3-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.
Two teams below them, Hull City and Huddersfield Town, have a quick opportunity to overtake them, if they win their game in the next 48 hours.
Huddersfield are away to Birmingham City tonight (July 1) and Hull face Middlesbrough at home tomorrow night.
Stoke boss Michael O'Neill was furious with his team's performance at Wigan, where they were outplayed for much of the game.
The Potters and managed just one scoring attempt on target - a first-half header from Sam Vokes.
O'Neill said afterwards: "It's probably the worst performance we've had in my time at the club and a real concern given where we are at this point in the season".
Wigan went ahead after 40 minutes but could have led by more goals at half-time.
Kieran Dowell squeezed in a shot from a tight angle which was later credit as a Ryan Shawcross own goal.
Scotland former junior international Kal Naismith made sure of the points for Wigan with strikes in the 65th and 69th minutes.
Wigan have now gone nine games unbeaten this season and look sure to retain Championship status
In stark contrast Stoke find themselves in danger of heading for League One, after collecting just one point out of a possible nine since their return from lockdown.
Stoke's visit from Barnsley this Saturday is a massive six-pointer, which could have a strong bearing on what division they will be playing in next season.
Barnsley are on a high after capturing seven points from a possible nine on their return to action
They won 2-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers last night adding to a 3-2 win at QPR and a 0-0 draw at home to Millwall.
Picture: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross was unfortunate to be credited with an own goal.