Scott Parker, in his role of caretaker manager, takes his side to Vicarage, to face Watford in a Premier League fixture, knowing a win is a must.
With the defeat by Manchester City, at Craven Cottage on Saturday, fresh in our minds, Fulham sit 16 points adrift of safety with just 18 points left to play for.
Pure mathematics tells us that a failure to win will see that possible accumulative total fall short of the figure we need to maintain our Premier League status, a draw, if my dodgy maths are correct, will still give us a mathematical chance of survival but would require the teams above us to not take a single point on offer from their remaining games, a highly unlikely scenario.
But, then again, even if Fulham can win at Watford, it’ll surely only delay the inevitable.
So, with such a doom-laden introduction and a half, what is there to look forward to in Hertfordshire tomorrow night?
Well, for a start, there’s the possibility that the Cottagers could achieve their first away win in the Premier League this season and, possibly, keep a clean sheet, but I wouldn’t bet on it would you?
Watford sit in 10th place in the Premier League table and are a shining example of how a club of similar stature to ours have engineered a prolonged spell in the top-flight, jealous is a word that springs to mind!
If, as we all suspect, relegation is confirmed on Tuesday night and we join Huddersfield Town in dropping back into the Championship, there must surely be a boardroom inquest into how it all went so wrong in such dramatic fashion, of how our hopes of a mid-table finish were blown away with a rash of poor signings, a rash of poor decisions and acts of panic in trying to reverse the inevitable.
But will it happen?
Or will the status quo just be maintained, and it’ll all be swept under the carpet?
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