West Brom boss Steve Clarke says his defenders can keep Christian Benteke quiet
Steve Clarke knows Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley will "need to be on their toes" in order to contain Christian Benteke
Last Updated: 24/11/13 3:14pm
Benteke was prolific for Aston Villa last year, scoring 23 goals in all competitions including a goal in the same fixture last season - a game which ended 2-2.
And Clarke knows his defenders will have to be at their best if they are to stave off the attacking threat posed by the Belgium international.
"Hopefully, Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley will do well and control the game," he said.
"Benteke has been a revelation since he signed for Aston Villa. He had a great season last year and he's got in and among the goals again this season.
"He's a top player and my defenders will need to be on their toes and ready to handle him. But I've got confidence in the guys they can do it."
West Brom and Aston Villa have near identical records going into Monday night's game with both sides taking 14 points from their opening 11 matches this term.
The West Brom manager says he hopes his players will take the opportunity to put in a good performance if front of the live Sky cameras in what he thinks will be a fiercely contested encounter.
"There is not a lot between the two teams," Clarke said. "It is a local derby and a big game.
"We understand what it means to our supporters. I'm sure the Villa people understand what it means to their supporters.
"We've got the Monday night all to ourselves, the whole country can watch if they want, and hopefully we put on a good spectacle.
"I'm a little bit biased - I hope the Albion get a good win."