Injury-hit Wolverhampton have reached a crucial stage of their season - and urgently need two wins this week to maintain their hopes of a play-off place.
Defeats at both Belle Vue and Coventry have left the Monmore men in sixth place in the Elite League table, six points behind fourth-placed Swindon albeit with two matches in hand, and fifthplaced Eastbourne appear to be in a stronger position.
Wolves are resigned to spending the rest of the season using guests for injured No 1 Mikael Max who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his thigh in an horrific crash in Sweden last Tuesday.
Danish rider Charlie Gjedde, the winner of the recent Midland Open Championship at Monmore Green, has been booked for tonight's crunch clash with Belle Vue.
The Aces are in terrific form and went top of the table with a win at Oxford last week - following it up by winning 47-43 at Belle Vue on Saturday - and Wolves desperately need to follow their lead and take victory at the Cowley circuit against the bottom-placed Silver Machine themselves this Thursday.
But after a season in which they have come close to away wins on several occasions, defeats by 20 and 16 points at Kirkmanshulme Lane and Brandon last week were heavier than they had been accustomed to, and the 55-39 loss at Coventry came despite a sterling show from guest Lee Richardson.
Former Coventry star Richardson did a superb job as a guest for Max, and his efforts along with squad rider James Grieves saved Wolves from falling to a heavier defeat.
Richardson denied home skipper Scott Nicholls a paid maximum by beating him in two of the last three races - and Nicholls himself inflicted Richardson's only defeat in heat 11 when Richardson was racing for double points.
Skipper Steve Johnston said: "Lee did a great job and he was very helpful to me as well. There are a couple of things that I was trying to sort out that he helped with.
"I've been chasing my tail lately and can't seem to do anything right. I still scored less than I expect from myself but at least I had a couple of decent rides and felt that the bike was going forward.
"We need to win on Monday and I am very confident that we can do. We had a really bad defeat up there but we need to save face and do our best for our home fans."
Meanwhile Coventry kick off a busy week with a trip to Peterborough in a meeting which has added spice given the number of riders facing their former clubs.
Both Billy Janniro and Joonas Kylmakorpi started the season with the Panthers before joining the Brandon outfit, whilst Daniel Davidsson is now racing for the Showground club after spending the first two months with the Bees.
Coventry will be chasing a seventh away win of the season to put further pressure on second-placed Poole, who slipped up for the second time this campaign at struggling Arena-Essex on Friday - and the Bees meet the Pirates at Wimborne Road on Wednesday.
Bees will include Wolves asset Sebastian Ulamek for the first time after agreeing a short-term deal with the Pole, who rode for Oxford in the last two seasons. Ulamek's arrival gives Coventry a full complement of seven riders for the first time since Rory Schlein was injured in May.