Garry Thompson has stated that a potential Aston Villa & West Bromwich Albion play-off semi-final 'offers goals'

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on March 30, 2019 in Birmingham,...

There are four more games remaining in the Championship and Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to secure a top-six finish.

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on February 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

BBC Sport pundit Garry Thompson has stated that there will be guaranteed goals if Aston Villa and West Brom were to meet in the Championship's play-off semi-final.

It is looking highly likely that both Midland rivals will meet in the playoffs if they are able to maintain their current standings in the table. 

Speaking to BBC Radio West Midlands (13/04/2019, 19m), former Villa and Baggies striker, Thompson shared his thoughts on the potential mouthwatering clash. 

 

"Definitely got goals in it [a Villa & Albion playoff semi-final]," Thompson told BBC Radio WM. "You've got two strikers [Gayle & Abraham] who score goals for fun. Well three, if you count Rodriquez as well. 

"This is a game that offers goals. I looked at the table earlier saying about the Albion playing the Villa, it's not the ideal one you want. But then again, the way the Villa side are playing they are on a run, they are winning games for fun and finding a way to win even when things aren't going well. 

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on February 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

"Albion have come back to life again - also, for Albion, it's about getting a new manager in, the new manager bounce, he will get enough points to get them into the playoffs. They want to go into them not limping like they were, but on the back of a couple of wins."

Villa, who have won eight games on the bounce, are sitting fifth on 69 points, with fourth-placed Albion four points ahead of them in the table.

Depending on results until the end of the season, both teams could potentially swap places and if that is the case then the team in fourth would play the first leg of the play-off semi-final away from home.

Earlier on in the season, Villa recorded a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns, with Jay Rodriquez scoring the stoppage-time equaliser with his hand. But in the reverse leg, Albion, who had Darren Moore in charge at the time, won the encounter 2-0. 

7th December 2018, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England; EFL Championship football, West Bromwich Albion versus Aston Villa; West Bromwich Albion Manager Darren Moore and Aston Villa Head...

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