Ian Holloway names three 'beautiful players' for Sheffield Wednesday, predicts result v Preston

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Ian Holloway believes Preston and Sheffield Wednesday will draw 2-2 this weekend.

Pundit Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri, Ross Wallace and Barry Bannan are 'beautiful players'.

Wednesday are currently on a fine run of results, having won four and drawn two of their last six games - meaning they sit joint-top of the Championship form table alongside Burnley.

Last week's 4-0 win over Brentford leaves the Owls just five points off an automatic promotion spot, and given their recent form, Carlos Carvalhal's men are the dark horse in the race for the Premier League.

This weekend, the Owls face a tough trip to take on Preston North End at Deepdale, with Simon Grayson's men also in great form, picking up 11 points from the last six games.

The 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend left Preston just nine points off the play-offs after a superb season under Grayson, who has led the club admirably from League One to the Championship this season.

Now, pundit Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks Sheffield Wednesday have some 'beautiful players' in Fernando Forestieri, Ross Wallace and Barry Bannan, whilst also tipped the Owls to reach the play-offs this season.

Holloway also praised North End playmaker Paul Gallagher, claiming he tried to sign him three times, before predicting a 2-2 scoreline at Deepdale this weekend.

"Preston are having a fantastic season with 42 points and Sheffield Wednesday have been one of the surprises of the season - I can't separate them," said Holloway. "I know Blackpool fans won't like it but I quite like Preston, particularly with Simon Grayson in charge and my old mate Steve Thompson as assistant.

"I have always liked Paul Gallagher, I tried to sign him three times but never got him. I have always admired his play, he can cut in from wide, get a goal, he gets a run of form where he sets things up and he has a mean free-kick in his locker. He scored last week and is probably confident."

"Sheffield Wednesday have some beautiful players - Fernando Forestieri, Ross Wallace, Barry Bannan - and they have all sorts of stuff going on. I think they will keep going and make the play-offs," he added.

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