Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes is wary of his side's testing run-in but believes being labelled as "underdogs" could work in their favour.
Last campaign's Championship winners QPR are currently in the Premier League relegation zone, a point adrift of safety, with ten matches of the season to play.
Hughes has endured a difficult start to life at Loftus Road, after taking over from the sacked Neil Warnock, and he faces a battle to preserve their top flight status.
QPR next host Liverpool while they are also still to play the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Hughes, though, has said: "It's not easy - we make no bones about that. It's a difficult run-in. Maybe, going into those games, the pressure is off somewhat, bizarrely. We're the underdogs and we're not expected to win. We can use that as a positive and hopefully gain from that.
"There are going to be twists and turns. We know each game is going to be crucial, irrespective of the opposition we're going up against. It's really key we perform at our maximum. If we do that then, certainly in our home games, we can take on anybody."
Of his ten matches in charge, of which QPR have won two, Hughes said: "It's been frustrating. We haven't helped ourselves on some occasions and, on other occasions, circumstances have gone against us.
"But we're still very, very confident that we have enough ability to make sure that we're still in the Premier League next year. It's going to take hard work - we realise that - and we're not going to stick our heads in the sand and think otherwise.
"But we've got enough quality to score enough goals and defend our goal as well. That gives me confidence that, in the next games that we have, we'll get points on the board."
"We just need a fair crack of the whip. If we perform as we know we can, at our maximum, and we get that element of luck that you have to have to be successful then we'll be fine. But it needs to start quickly and it needs to start on Wednesday."
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