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West Bromwich Albion will be without suspended midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu as they take on Manchester City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday.

DR Congo international Mulumbu, who was booked in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, has been handed a one-match ban for an accumulation of yellow cards of the season.

"Youssouf's picked up his fifth yellow," Baggies manager Steve Clarke told his club's official website. "But I think, with the number of games to play in December, it was inevitable in one of them he would pick up a fifth yellow card.

"We have a squad of players we have built over the summer - it's a good strong squad - and we'll have to cope without Youssouf."

Clarke has called on his team to respond positively to the reverse at St James' Park and go all out for victory in Wednesday's match.

West Brom (3-6-4) have secured only one win in their last seven Premier League matches and dropped to 12th place in the table with 15 points from 13 games.

"Manchester City at home is a great game to bounce back in," said Clarke. "We look forward to the big teams coming down to The Hawthorns and playing against them.

"It's a big challenge for us but I've challenged the lads already to get the three points."

Clarke received a boost ahead of the City game with news that highly rated 20-year-old striker Saido Berahino has signed a new three-and-a-half year with the club. The England Under-21 international's future had been the subject of much speculation recently with a number of top clubs reported to be monitoring his development at The Hawthorns.

Manchester City (8-1-4) moved up to third in the table after beating Swansea City 3-0 at home last weekend. Samir Nasri scored twice in the second half after Alvaro Negredo had given City an early lead.

"I'm very pleased because we won against a very strong team," City boss Manuel Pellegrini told his club's official website. "It's not easy to play against them, they have a lot of possession. I knew before the game the way Swansea play - they are strong, especially when they have the ball.

"We hope that now we can start winning away - we deserved to win some other games we lost but in this week we have six points to play for."

City have a perfect record at the Etihad Stadium in the league this season with seven wins from seven games, but their away form has been poor, with only four points taken from a possible 24.

Manchester City did the double over West Brom last season. Edin Dzeko scored two late goals as City rallied for a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns in October after Shane Long had opened the scoring for the Baggies. Dzeko also hit a first-half winner as the Citizens battled to a 1-0 victory at the Etihad in May.

City captain Vincent Kompany is in line to make a long-awaited return to action after a thigh injury, while Pellegrini has to decide whether to recall England goalkeeper Joe Hart or keep faith with Romania shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon.

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