Ian Holloway predicts Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds, says Barry Bannan will be a matchwinner

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Sheffield Wednesday take on rivals Leeds United this weekend.

Ian Holloway has picked out Barry Bannan as the player to watch when Sheffield Wednesday take on rivals Leeds United this weekend.

The former Premier League boss told SkySports that he believes the Owls will win 2-1, but expects the encounter to be tight.

Bannan signed a new contract this week, and has been a key player this season, scoring twice in his last eight games, including a vital goal in the victory over Fulham in the FA Cup last weekend.

Holloway said: "It could easily go either way, but I'm coming around to the idea that Sheffield Wednesday will nick that final play-off spot, therefore on that theory I'll give them the win in this one. Barry Bannan will have a big affect on the game. I'm delighted he's got a new deal and I know he's really excited about where the club is going.

"Leeds will provide a stiff test, though - their defeat at Ipswich was their first in eight games. I hope the chairman allows Steve Evans the licence to go and bring in some quality in January."

When the two teams faced off earlier this season the score was 1-1, and Uwe Rosler was in charge of Leeds at the time.

Steve Evans' team had been on a good run before their defeat at Portman Road in midweek, but the league table suggests Wednesday are favourites for this game.

They are in seventh place, two points off a play-off spot, while Leeds are 10 points behind them, down in 15th position.

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