It would appear that way. We need another 32 points from 19 games to reach 40, I reckon 35 might be enough for survival this year.
Problem is though, with only 8 points from 20 games what makes anyone think this will change? No decent players will want to join in January with relegation a certainty. It's obvious the players we do have don't have the ability or fight to change things.
I see what you mean SA, but the way both of them played yesterday and have been playing, you would think they were nearer the bottom of the league, rather than 2 points from a place in Europe. The standard seems to have dropped a lot, since only last season even.