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Youssouf eager to take on best

Midfielder reckons facing top-two is good benchmark

YOUSSOUF Mulumbu is relishing the challenge of seeing Albion’s record-breakers pit their wits against the top two in the final three games of the season.

Saturday’s trip to struggling Norwich is sandwiched by tonight’s visit to last term’s table-toppers and current second-placed outfit Manchester City (ko 7.45pm) and a final-day home clash with champions Manchester United.

Mulumbu sees taking on the Barclays Premier League's finest as a good benchmark and he is also eager for his team-mates to put right October’s 2-1 defeat by City in which the Baggies were heading for victory with ten minutes to go only to be undone by Edin Dzeko’s late double.

“It's always exciting to play against a big side,” said the Baggies midfielder.

“We don't even need the gaffer to speak a lot when you play against big sides.

“We will be ready to do something.

“We don't need to be scared about City or about United.

“We’ve shown some good things against big teams.

“I'm really confident and I hope we're going to win.

“I'm looking forward to playing against this team and that's a big test for West Brom to see where we are.”

And Mulumbu hopes City will be distracted by the prospect of an FA Cup final against Wigan on Saturday.

“You never know, they've got to play an FA Cup final so if they change their team we don't mind,” he added.

“If they do that it will be good for us.

“But they've got a big squad and every player is good.”