Barry Bannan reacts on Twitter to Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa; Stylian Petrov responds

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan looks dejected

Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa will meet on the opening weekend of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan looks dejected

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has expressed his delight at drawing Aston Villa on the first day of the season.

Wednesday are set to host Villa at Hillsborough on the opening weekend of the Football League.

The tie has already been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports, and it looks set to be a thriller.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan applauds the fans

For Bannan the match should have added meaning, as he came through Villa’s youth system.

The Scotland international was with the Claret and Blues for nine years, before leaving in 2013.

Bannan looks likely to start for Wednesday in the fixture, given the importance of his role in Carlos Carvalhal’s side, and the midfielder is clearly excited about the prospect of taking on his former employers.

Villa legend Stylian Petrov was quick to respond to Bannan on social media, to stoke up the excitement for the contest even more.

Wednesday only lost two matches at Hillsborough last season, meaning Villa have been handed a very tough start to life outside the Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan in action with Brighton's Bruno

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