Huddersfield Town are in danger of matching the record for the earliest Premier League relegation should results go against them this weekend.
The Terriers have had the international break to steel themselves for a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
If Jan Siewert’s side are defeated in south-east London, while Burnley and Southampton both win in their games against Wolves and Brighton respectively, it will bring the curtain down on Huddersfield’s two-season stay in the top flight of English football.
That would also mean they become only the second team in the Premier League era to be relegated before the end of March, surviving just a day longer than Derby County in 2007-08 and equalling the Rams’ unwanted record of relegation after 32 games.
Huddersfield hit the ground running last season after promotion to the top flight, winning their opening two games and spending the first six weeks in the top half of the table as David Wagner’s team made a splash among the big boys.
They dipped into the relegation zone only once last season en route to an eventual 16th-place finish. This season has been much more of a struggle.
They have just three wins and five draws to their name so far and just four times have they finished a round of games outside the drop zone.
The writing looks to be on the wall for Siewert, who was drafted in after Wagner parted company with Huddersfield in January.
The 36-year-old German signed a two-year deal with the club. Huddersfield are 7.50 to win on Saturday, with Crystal Palace 1.50 and the draw 4.20.