West Ham United boss, Sam Allardyce, is determined that his side will not fall into the same trap they did during their last campaign in the English top flight.
The Hammers lost the first four games of the season, the year that they were relegated to the Championship, and were never able to show consistent signs of making a recovery. The side remain a 2/1 pick for the drop on betting with www.betvictor.com.
Now that the West Ham faithful have endured a season in the second tier, they will be hoping that their beloved side can push on and, not only survive in the Premier League, but also strive for European football and silverware.
Allardyce is fully aware of the high levels of expectation amongst Hammers supporters, and he is determined to get them cheering and behind the team from the off.
A good start before the New Year is what Big Sam is targeting, and a decent opening half of the campaign would certainly relieve stress levels for everyone concerned at Upton Park towards the end of the season.
He told the club’s official website: "The first nine games up to Manchester City are ones we must try to achieve as many points as we can. It will be hugely difficult but not as difficult as what follows.
"We get through October, and then November and December are the toughest months of the season, not only because of the fixtures but the number of games we have to play.
"We've got to get off to get off to a flying start and achieve as many points as we can in the first nine or 10 games. The fixtures are difficult though; nothing is going to be easy at all."
Allardyce knows the rigours of the Premier League and also, how demanding the battle for survival can be, so West Ham can feel rest assured that they are in good hands going into next season, even if it may not be pretty.