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One ticked off, nine to go.

The tally of wins usually needs to reach double figures to survive in the Premier League.

The Amex, where Albion have been so hard to beat over the last two seasons, was always going to be key.

Not because, unlike Burnley, it has the feel of a tough environment for visitors.

It is more about the sense of togetherness between the players and around 27,000 supporters. The stadium symbolises the two-decade journey from homelessness and hopelessness to glorious revival.

The run of home games after seeing off West Brom represent an opportunity to chip away at that double-figure target.

Newcastle, Everton, Southampton, Stoke and, yes, Crystal Palace, before the next visit by another of the big six.

Exploiting the four-month gap between the opening day defeat by Manchester City and Liverpool's arrival in early December will be important.

The final eight home fixtures include Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United. Points in the first five months of 2018 will be tougher to accumulate than in the last four months of 2017.