Last season, when these two sides met in March, two red cards were flashed, eight bookings and managers Alan Pardew and Martin O'Niell had a go at one another.
Seperated by just two points, both teams will aim at three points, but the Black Cats have beaten the Tyneside only once in ten games.
O'Niell is confident about James McClean's return for the derby clash after shaking off a groin injury. Phil Bardsley could be in contention for a return after recovering from an ankle injry.
Newcastle could welcome back defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor while goalkeeper Tim Krul could return after missing out for more than a month with an elbow injury.
*Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has scored seven goals in seven games against Sunderland.
*Four Sunderland players have been sent off in the past four meetings.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Mignolet-Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose-Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean-Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Harper-Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon-Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez-Cisse, Ba.