Fantasy Soccer: Target West Brom for EPL Bargains

Rick SetoCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on September 25, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The January transfer window has passed and the English Premier League season is almost two-thirds over. There’s an unfashionable Premiership side that you might want to keep in mind when it comes time to tinkering with your roster over the next five gameweeks.

For me, that team is West Bromwich Albion.

Granted, WBA are one of the worst form sides at the moment, but if there’s a time for them to bounce back, it’s in the next few weeks.

Apologies for not writing this last week, as West Brom, who are fifth from the bottom, have a favorable run starting Feb. 1 when they are home to Wigan, who are third from the bottom. After a matchup to avoid Saturday at Man City, West Brom have two fantastic fixtures at The Hawthorns: home against West Ham and Wolves—the league’s two worst sides.

After that, the Baggies are away at Stoke and at Birmingham. While a draw at mid-table Stoke would be deemed a success, Birmingham represents a very winnable game since they are one place below West Brom at 17th.

In my Barclays Fantasy Premier League side are forward Peter Odemwingie, who bagged his seventh and eighth goals of the season against Blackpool two weeks ago; midfielder Chris Brunt, the team’s highest fantasy point-getter with 87 (one more than Odemwingie); and defender Gonzalo Jara, a mediocre fantasy player who nonetheless is in position to pick up some valuable points from very possible clean sheets.

Another Baggie to consider is Carlos Vela, the Mexico forward who was loaned out to the club from Arsenal. Vela failed to get first-team action in north London, but the quality he showed with his national side could finally shine with the Albion.