Wednesday and Villa will face each other at the Hillsborough Stadium in the Championship on Sunday evening.
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo
“There is a feel-good factor about Sheffield Wednesday again,” Holloway told Sky Sports while predicting a 2-0 win for Wednesday.
“It's a team I'm looking forward to watching this season and they've strengthened in the summer by bringing in Steven Fletcher.
“Roberto Di Matteo, who is a wonderful man, has one of the toughest jobs in football to reunite the Villa fans with their players.
“Despite getting criticised, I'm going to stand by my comments about Aston Villa finishing 16th - I hope they prove me wrong.”
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal
Wednesday had a very successful 2015-16 campaign and were probably unlucky not to get promoted to the Premier League.
The Owls will be determined to get promoted from the Championship at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
Carlos Carvalhal’s side have a very good team, and the fans should be confident of a successful season.
Playing at home will give Wednesday an advantage against Villa for Sunday’s match.
It is hard to see the Owls dropping all three points, and they should be able to launch a successful comeback even if they concede the first goal.
Villa got relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. The Villans will find it tough to finish in the top two of the Championship this season, but they should fancy their chances of clinching a playoff spot.