Ian Holloway's shock prediction for Leeds v Bolton... discusses Cellino's 'strange' decision

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The pundit is not just backing Bolton for a win but a comfortable one at Leeds.

Ian Holloway believes Bolton Wanderers will beat Leeds United 2-0 on Saturday afternoon, according to his regular predictions column on Sky Sports.

And the pundit also believes owner Massimo Cellino made a 'strange' decision not to allow manager Steve Evans to speak to the press after their recent heavy defeat at Brighton.

He feels the Scot should have been allowed to proceed as normal - and doesn't hold much hope for United versus Bolton this weekend.

Holloway told Sky: "It was strange that Massimo Cellino didn't allow Evans to talk to the press after the match. Why draw extra attention to yourselves?

"Anybody would be disappointed with that performance but we all have bad days at the office - people have got to deal with it and not get too emotional.

"It will be a nervous game, played in a nervous atmosphere as the home fans will be expecting to turn Bolton over. They went through a spell of not winning at home earlier this season and it's funny how that can come back to haunt you."

Leeds' form is poor but a 2-0 prediction is making a confident claim considering Bolton's own struggles this season.

Holloway's logic will be that United lost 4-0 on Monday night and were very, very poor indeed (although that was against a very good Brighton team).

For boss Evans, meanwhile, a win against Bolton is rather important. Leeds beat Neil Lennon's men in the FA Cup, meaning defeat would signal a sharp decline since that game only a few weeks ago.

If United can't beat Wanderers, of course, who can they beat in the Championship?

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