David Gold backs Reece Burke to shackle in-form Christian Benteke on Twitter

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The West Ham chairman has faith in his teenage defender.

Not many central defenders would want to come up against Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke at the moment.

The Belgian is perhaps one of the most in-form strikers in Europe at the moment. He has scored 12 goals in his last 12 games, including a double the last time he played against Everton last weekend.

His form has seen Aston Villa pull away from the Premier League relegation zone, and make it to the FA Cup final.

Today, the job falls to West Ham's defensive pairing of James Collins and Reece Burke.

For Burke in particular, it is going to be a real test.

The 18-year-old only made his Premier League debut in April, in a 0-0 draw with QPR, and has played just two Premier League games.

Now he has been given the backing of his chairman. David Gold Tweeted earlier today that he was on his way to the game, and backed the teenager to have a great game this afternoon:

The teenager has however never conceded a goal in a Premier League game, so will hope to keep that record this afternoon.

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