West Brom's tough end to the season means it is imperative they get points on board early on in the campaign.
West Bromwich Albion will start their 2014/15 Premier League campaign by playing host to Sunderland.
The Baggies were disappointing last season, narrowly avoiding relegation, and they will be keen to ensure that they finish higher up the table this year.
However, there is a sense of frustration around the club, with the untested Alan Irvine appointed as new boss for upcoming season.
If he is to win the fans over he will the will be keen to get off to a good start and that could be imperative if West Brom are to remain in the Premier League for the 2015/16 campaign.
After welcoming Sunderland they play Southampton (23rd) and Swansea (30th) away during August, and will need to be taking points right from the off if they are to put distance between them and the drop-zone by the end of the season.
Baggies will be keen to be well clear of the relegation zone long before the season closes, as their final month looks particularly tough.
They have to play Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their final five fixtures meaning their opportunities for points look limited towards the back-end of the campaign.
It is a similar scenario to the one that Norwich City faced last season, when they were relegated, after leaving themselves with too much to do when facing the stronger sides in the closing stages.
This is something West Brom must avoid and they will, therefore, have to pick up points against the lesser sides earlier on in the season.
West Brom’s full fixture list for the 2014/15 campaign can be seen below.
|Home Team||Away Team||Time|
|Sat 16 Aug 2014||West Brom||v||Sunderland||15:00|
|Sat 23 Aug 2014||Southampton||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 30 Aug 2014||Swansea||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 13 Sep 2014||West Brom||v||Everton||15:00|
|Sat 20 Sep 2014||Tottenham||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 27 Sep 2014||West Brom||v||Burnley||15:00|
|Sat 04 Oct 2014||Liverpool||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 18 Oct 2014||West Brom||v||Man Utd||15:00|
|Sat 25 Oct 2014||West Brom||v||C. Palace||15:00|
|Sat 01 Nov 2014||Leicester City||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 08 Nov 2014||West Brom||v||Newcastle||15:00|
|Sat 22 Nov 2014||Chelsea||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 29 Nov 2014||West Brom||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Tue 02 Dec 2014||West Brom||v||West Ham||20:00|
|Sat 06 Dec 2014||Hull City||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 13 Dec 2014||West Brom||v||Aston Villa||15:00|
|Sat 20 Dec 2014||Queens Park Rangers||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Fri 26 Dec 2014||West Brom||v||Man City||15:00|
|Sun 28 Dec 2014||Stoke||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Thu 01 Jan 2015||West Ham||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 10 Jan 2015||West Brom||v||Hull City||15:00|
|Sat 17 Jan 2015||Everton||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 31 Jan 2015||West Brom||v||Tottenham||15:00|
|Sat 07 Feb 2015||Burnley||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Tue 10 Feb 2015||West Brom||v||Swansea||20:00|
|Sat 21 Feb 2015||Sunderland||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 28 Feb 2015||West Brom||v||Southampton||15:00|
|Tue 03 Mar 2015||Aston Villa||v||West Brom||19:45|
|Sat 14 Mar 2015||West Brom||v||Stoke||15:00|
|Sat 21 Mar 2015||Man City||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 04 Apr 2015||West Brom||v||Queens Park Rangers||15:00|
|Sat 11 Apr 2015||West Brom||v||Leicester City||15:00|
|Sat 18 Apr 2015||C. Palace||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 25 Apr 2015||West Brom||v||Liverpool||15:00|
|Sat 02 May 2015||Man Utd||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 09 May 2015||Newcastle||v||West Brom||15:00|
|Sat 16 May 2015||West Brom||v||Chelsea||15:00|
|Sun 24 May 2015||Arsenal||v||West Brom||15:00|