Sky Sports pundit, David Prutton, has made his prediction for Newcastle’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Prutton believing that Newcastle United have got the ‘depth of squad’ to cope with the loss of Jonjo Shelvey for the next five matches.

The player turned pundit picks out Mohamed Diame as someone who can help take up the slack before he heads off to the African Cup on Nations, the attacking midfielder having been United’s best player in this run of three wins.

Despite talking up Newcastle (though he incorrectly states Newcastle have won four of their last five – in reality it is three of the last five), David Prutton still doesn’t think it will be a home win on Monday, instead predicting a 2-2 draw.

He thinks Wednesday have the ‘resilience’ to get something and certainly their recent form shows only one defeat in their last six games, picking up 13 points in that period, one more than Newcastle.

Interesting to see what Rafa Benitez does with his formation in the absence of Shelvey but the players will have no excuses if they don’t still pick up three points, as they should have enough quality to deal with it.

Brighton don’t play until the next day (27 December) and David Prutton predicts a home win over QPR, the pundit believing they will knock Newcastle off top spot.

Hopefully he is wrong about the Newcastle prediction and Chris Hughton will be looking at a four point gap by the time Brighton get to play.

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton:

“Jonjo Shelvey is unavailable as he starts his five-match ban but Newcastle enter the game having won four of their last five and they’ve got the depth of squad to fill the gap.

“Dwight Gayle has absolutely been on fire while Mohamed Diame will no doubt want to leave his mark before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Having said that, I feel Wednesday have the resilience to go to St James Park and get something.”