Our recent schedule has pitted us against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Bolton and Wigan - all in the top six at the time - but now we face a Sunderland outfit sitting rock bottom of the Premiership.
However, the players have spoken this week of taking nothing for granted - they know any let up in the level of performances could result in what would be a shock defeat.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sunderland are fighting for their lives at the moment, so it might be even tougher than playing against other teams,Ã¢â‚¬Â reasoned full-back Paul, who insisted a bright start was vital on Saturday.
We know they are down and we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let them get into the game early, if we give them any signs of hope they will build on that
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When you play teams at the bottom of the table they are in such a rut that sometimes it only takes a little glimmer of hope and all of a sudden they are up again and fighting.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“On the other hand, once you get up on them it will be difficult for them to come back, so hopefully we can do that. It may take a little longer than we think because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be compact and try to be tough to break down but we have to go out and play with confidence, determination, score a goal and if we do that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m confident weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll come away with three points.Ã¢â‚¬Â
It could be a game where weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see ever-present Paul raiding up the right flank.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You look to get forward as many times as you can in any game,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I always say you have to see how the game goes - if you can make six or seven runs forward in each half, you do that but if not, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.
Hopefully it will be a game where we can open them up from both flanks and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get forward as much as possible.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Paul Stalteri believes Sunderland could provide as tough a test as the succession of top six sides weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve met in the last few weeks.