How did it come to this? Sunderland face the daunting prospect of a trip to Wolves this weekend, with the best chance of avoiding defeat probably being the prospect the game may be called off due to snow.
This season has continued to throw up new demonstrations of how deeply Sunderland's descent continues to quicken. None more so than the glee which followed a first win in three months when the Black Cats overcame the mighty Burton and that's not to mention the steady stream of crap sides rocking up at the Stadium of Light to mock the afflicted.
But dreading a trip to the sudden high-flyers of Wolverhampton seems equally as depressing. Sunderland are rated at a hideously long 9/1 to escape from the West Midlands with all three points. The home side are considered a 1/3 near certainty to overcome their visitors from the north on Saturday.
Perhaps your best bet for another weekend not being ruined by a Sunderland defeat is to hope it snows heavily in Wolverhampton during the next couple of days.
We'll have to play them one day of course, but perhaps a kindly soul will save it for when the Black Cats can muster some reinforcements from within their injured ranks, or better still unleash Ellis Short's surely stacked war chest upon the January transfer window (ed - that's a satirical joke)
Chris Coleman has revealed Bryan Oviedo will not feature much this side of Christmas whilst Lamine Kone and record signing Didier Ndong remain out. The latter has returned to training but is a wee way of making the starting XI yet. Paddy McNair will be missing for a while and Billy Jones is a week or so away from the squad.
Chatter in Wolverhampton suggests the club are seeking volunteers to be on standby in case the Molineux pitch needs snow shovelling from it ahead of the game. Heavy white stuff is expected in the West Midlands tomorrow with continuing wintry showers on Saturday morning.
The undersoil heating at Wolves' famous old ground was replaced in 2010 after a spate of matches were cancelled due to the weather and the inability of the old pipework to work properly; but these days games are as likely to be called off due to concerns about the safety of the surrounding area as it is for a snow covered pitch. Decisions about the state of the approach to the stadium will usually be made by club's safety officials in conjunction with the referee, the police and the local authority.
Sunderland's allocation is around 2,100 and probably around 1,500 have been sold so far. The hardy souls preparing for the journey to the Black Country will be keeping one eye on the weather forecast over the coming hours.