Agree, this could be pivitol. A win on the south coast could help us pull away a little. Yes our fixtures are on paper easier than the other top 4 clubs, but if we can open some daylight between us, it puts us in a commanding position, while everyone else is playing catch up.
Chelsea have to play the Mancs in a couple weeks, and Man U also have to play Everton after the International break, so its likely one or both of them will drop points. Also if the P&S manager of the month Jol can get a result against Arsenal, we could be looking really good.
But, the key is we need to keep the results coming ourselves, not matter what the other teams are doing. Last year we would have excused a draw, or even a loss against a team like Portsmoth, as they are the so called "Bogeymen teams". However, if we are serious about a title run, we need to get maximum points home and away from the mid table teams like Pompy.