Fulham v West Brom 1st Feb 2012 20:00
In what is a veritable six-pointer in every sense of the term, Paddy Power make West Brom long odds as they travel to Craven Cottage on Wednesday night in the hopes that they can mount an assault on their middle of the table opposition.
To much surprise, Fulham and West Brom were actually two sides heavily involved in yesterday’s deadline day activity after what turned out to be a rather quiet January transfer window.
The neutrals were all hoping that we would see some big expenditures go through in the last minute just as they had done in 2011, however no ‘massive’ deals occurred in the end.
That being said, both the Cottagers and the Baggies have good reason to be pleased with their activity in regards to both sales and purchases.
At this point in the season, effective players can be hard to prise away in the middle of a season and so for sides like Fulham and Albion, keeping a hold of your stars is the main objective.
Fulham may be upset that Bobby Zamora completed a last gasp switch to bitter rivals QPR, however holding onto stars such as Moussa Dembelé, Clint Dempsey, Danny Murphy and Pajtim Kasami may prove to have just as much of an impact on their season.
The West London outfit can also be pleased with the capture of Russian forward Pavel Pogrebnyak, who was brought in as a replacement for Zamora.
Similarly, West Brom managed to hang onto the signatures of Peter Odemwingie, Graham Dorrans and Chris Brunt as well as others, all being linked with moves away from Hawthorns.
Roy Hodgson’s side also managed some purchase of their own securing the signings of Liam Ridgewell and Keith Andrews on permanent deals.
It’s unlikely any of the new faces will feature tomorrow in what will surely be a tight encounter between two sides who have had near identical stop-start seasons.