After a two-week break from the game, Newcastle United will be hoping to get their hunt for a European spot back on track this weekend when they play hosts as heavy odds on favourites with Ladbrokes to relegation threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Sports Direct Arena.
Last weekend was taken up by FA Cup fixtures and with both sides making their exits earlier in the competition, it gave the pair a chance to recollect and get in the right frame of mind to continue their Premier League campaign.
Admittedly, both teams are aiming for complete opposite objectives and while managerless Wolves would be happy just to survive in the English top flight, attaining a Champions League place is truly a realistic target for the Magpies.
The home side go into their fixture with four wins in their last six league outings, meaning they have the fifth best form in the division.
On the other hand, Wolves have the very worst form in the Premier League, winning just one game in their last six matches in the English elite, although they can take heart from a 2-1 win at QPR in their previous away trip.
Although Chelsea have a relatively simple fixture against Bolton Wanderers this weekend, Arsenal have the unenviable task of attempting to overthrow high-flying Tottenham Hotspur, opening the chance to tighten up the race for fourth spot.
Alan Pardew’s side currently sit in sixth but are just a single point off fourth place and could, technically, assume the European qualification position should other results go in their favour.
Papiss Demba Cissé is one player who will be hoping to continue his scoring form at St. James’ Park after netting on his debut and will undoubtedly see that as a possibility with Wolves still in turmoil regarding their manager selection.
Ex Rangers man Walter Smith is the latest candidate to turn down the hotseat at Molineux, and it is clear that finding a quick replacement for Mick McCarthy may not be a straight forward process.
Things could get a lot worse this weekend.