The Baggies have not won in their past three Premier League outings and are determined to get a positive result at The Hawthorns in what will likely be a typically feisty West Midlands clash.
"It's a bit of a cliche but we want to start the game properly," Appleton said.
"I'm sure if we do start properly and get a foothold in the game then we'll have a good chance of collecting the three points.
"There is going to be a lot of passion because it's a derby, but ultimately it's about three points.
"It will be the team that plays the most sensible game, with a little bit of quality to go with it, which will come out on top."