Steven Davis has admitted to Southampton's official site that their Champions League hopes could be over by the middle of the week.
Southampton take on West Bromwich Albion tomorrow at the Hawthorns, before they welcome Crystal Palace St. Mary's on Tuesday night and Davis knows the importance of both games.
The Northern Irish international believes that a six point return will be them in with a good chance of making the top four, but he realises that if they fail to be victorious then their task looks difficult.
“If we pick up two good results it will put us in a good position and then we can try to kick on.
“If we don’t it’s going to be difficult. It’s a really important couple of games and we’re looking forward to them."
At the moment Southampton occupy fifth place in the Premier League table and they are locked in a battle with four other clubs for a Champions League spot.
It is quite remarkable the the Saints have been able to sustain a push for Europe for this long, but now they have it will be a disappointment if they do miss out.
The Saints have been one of the Premier League's most impressive teams and they will not want to undo their hard-work by having a poor end to the season.
Ronald Koeman's side face a reinvigorated Baggies team having failed to win either of the past two fixtures, but Saints should still be confident of success and if they can claim the three points their trip back to the South Coast will be a very happy one.