West Ham United could make a big statement if they can pull a rabbit out of the hat as the Premier League relegation battle goes on the road this weekend.
West Ham pulled themselves out of the bottom three last weekend with a fine 3-1 win over Southampton.
But the Hammers only remained there on goal difference after Watford’s shock win over Liverpool and Bournemouth’s draw against Chelsea.
The results have pushed the projected points total to survive from 36 to 38.
12 points needed for safety?
So West Ham need another four wins, or three and three draws, to secure safety.
If West Ham can pull a rabbit out of the hat with a result at Arsenal they look likely to stave off a quick return to the drop zone.
And that will make a big statement in the survival race.
In a remarkable twist, ALL SEVEN teams involved in the relegation battle face tough away games this weekend.
Relegation battle goes on the road
The Hammers are at the Emirates while Bournemouth go to Liverpool, Watford to Palace, Brighton to Wolves and Aston Villa to Leicester.
Newcastle and Norwich also face tough trips to Southampton and Sheffield United respectively.
They say your home record keeps you up in the Premier League.
Nail biting weekend awaits
But this weekend it is the away form which could have a massive say in the battle against the drop.
A point for West Ham would pull them level with Brighton if the Seagulls lose at Champions League chasing Wolves.
It certainly promises to be an interesting and nail biting weekend for all involved.
Predicted line-up: David Moyes resists temptation to park the bus as West Ham remain unchanged for Arsenal
West Ham’s run-in:
Man United (A)
Aston Villa (H)