Bolton, England (Betting Express) - The English Premier League title chase has stolen most of the headlines this season, but there is race brewing at the other end of the table that is just as compelling.
Only two points separate the bottom five teams in England's top flight, and the relegation picture will become a bit more clear after a pair of massive six-pointers on Saturday as Bolton and QPR meet at the Reebok in the early kickoff while Blackburn heads to Molineux to face Wolverhampton later in the day.
The Trotters are one of the three teams currently occupying a spot in the relegation zone, sitting tied on 20 points with Wigan for last place in the Premier League.
QPR, meanwhile, sits tied with Blackburn and Wolverhampton on 22 points, but remains outside of the drop zone on goal differential.
With so little between the Bolton and QPR, Trotters defender Gretar Steinsson is hoping that atmosphere is the difference on Saturday. The Iceland international has challenged the Wanderers supporters to become the 12th man at the Reebok to spur the team on to three massive points and hopefully Premier League safety.
"We're up against a tough team on Saturday and it's really important that everybody is tuned in and the support is fully behind the team to go up against QPR and get a result," Steinsson told the club's website. "You can't start winning in the last few games, you have to start winning now and that's what is important."
Both teams will be looking to end their respective slides as Bolton and QPR are winless in their last five league contests.
The other relegation tilt on Saturday will see Terry Connor go for his first win as caretaker manager of Wolverhampton. Since temporarily taking over Mick McCarthy, Connor has seen his Wolves side earn a 2-2 draw with Newcastle before being thrashed by Fulham in a 5-0 loss.
Blackburn is coming off of a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa that saw David Dunn net a dramatic equalizer five minutes from time.
Saturday will mark Roberto Di Matteo's first game as caretaker manager of Chelsea as the Blues welcome Stoke City to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea has lost two of its last three and is on the verge of exiting the Champions League to Napoli, while Stoke has won two straight in Premier League play.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Everton welcomes Tottenham to Goodison Park, Liverpool heads to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland, and Aston Villa hosts Fulham at Villa Park.
Sunday's action sees the two title contenders take the pitch after disappointing Europa League losses.
Manchester United surrendered three goals at Old Trafford in a stunning loss to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday. Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping for a better defensive display as his side is set to host West Bromwich, which is on a three-game winning streak.
Manchester City faces a tough test after falling 1-0 to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal on Thursday. The Citizens will head to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City, which has lost just two league matches at home this season.
The weekend rounds out with Norwich City hosting Wigan on Sunday before Newcastle heads to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Monday.