Wolves boss Mick McCarthy believes it could take a record points haul to avoid the drop this season.
McCarthy's side are among those currently scrapping for their Premier League lives, with half of the division still sweating on their top flight status.
The relegation battle looks set to go right down to the wire, with it unclear how many points will be required to steer clear of the trapdoor.
West Ham went down with 42 points in 2002/03 and McCarthy believes those hoping to avoid a similar fate this term may have to better that total.
"I'm not even convinced it's between the bottom three or four teams," he said.
"I think there's somebody above that might just slide into it.
"You lose a couple on the bounce then all of sudden you're in the bottom three and you wonder how it's happened.
"I think it's going to be more than ever.
"You start wondering if we can get the necessary points out of the remaining games, and I think we can. We had a great finish to last season."
Wolves' next game sees them entertain top-four hopefuls Tottenham on Sunday and McCarthy will be pleased to have promising winger Adam Hammill back in contention.
He picked up an ankle knock against Blackpool last time out, but insists he is raring to go against Spurs.
"The problem was that the kick hit a nerve in my leg so it was pretty painful and I was taken off as a precaution," Hammill told the club's official website.
"There was no point me carrying on and making it worse. The main thing was making sure I was going to be fit for this weekend.
"I came in for treatment on Monday and was back in training on Tuesday and hopefully all is well and I'm ready for Sunday."