Adam Lallana is happy with Southampton's opening fixtures but insists nothing can be taken for granted in the Premier League.
Saints kick off the 2013/14 season with a trip to West Brom before a home game against Sunderland and a trip to Norwich City.
And with newly promoted Crystal Palace and Hull City to face in September and November respectively, Lallana is confident there are some 'winnable games' in the early part of the campaign.
"It's a bit different to last season's fixtures," Lallana told the club's official website.
"It's pretty exciting when the fixtures come out, and now I'm just looking forward to the first game of the season away at West Brom.
"You'd say there are some winnable games in there, but that doesn't mean you're guaranteed three points.
"Last season everyone was bound to be excited about the fixtures and, with the tough start we got, people kind of wrote us off but we did quite well even though we didn't get results.
"This year it feels slightly different - you play every team twice at some point in the season, so we're more concentrated and focused on getting back for pre-season and getting our fitness up to the level it needs to be ahead of that game at West Brom."
Southampton failed to beat any of their opening four opponents last season and were defeated by Steve Clarke's men at both St Mary's and the Hawthorns.
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