There's always plenty of pride at stake in the Tyne-Wear derby, but Newcastle United and Sunderland will be more desperate for the points when they meet at Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League standings and have yet to win this season while suffering six defeats in their nine matches, including four of their last five. The Black Cats will be hoping that Sam Allardyce's arrival will herald improved results, and he won't have to remind them that they have beaten their local rivals in each of their last five encounters.
Newcastle are still in the relegation zone, but saw light at the end of the tunnel in their 6-2 win over Norwich City last weekend, their first of the campaign. That potentially season-changing victory over the Canaries is the perfect result for the Magpies to take into the derby, as they look to beat the Black Cats for the first time since 2011.
Big Sam will be expecting to have midfielder Jack Rodwell (ankle) and Swedish forward Ola Toivonen (pelvis) back from injury in time for the clash, but there are still doubts about right-back Adam Matthews (ankle).
For Newcastle, Tim Krul (knee), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Emmanuele Riviere (knee), and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) are all out injured, but Rolando Aarons (calf) and Kevin Mbabu (hamstring) are available.