Sunderland forward Fabio Borini celebrates after scoring the winner against Newcastle in the English Premier League, 27 October, 2013. Reuters
Gus Poyet and Sunderland will look to awaken the ghosts of that thrilling 2-1 win over Newcastle at the Stadium of Light in late October, when the two rivals lock horns yet again, this time at St. James' Park, in the Tyne-Wear Derby on Saturday.
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Sunderland got themselves out of the bottom of the table with a last-gasp Fabio Borini-inspired victory over Newcastle in the reverse fixture - Poyet's first as manager at the Stadium of Light - and the Black Cats will aim to remain away from the relegation zone come the end of the weekend after fighting their way out of the bottom three with a crucial win over Stoke in midweek.
"It doesn't matter how you get to the derby, the form or who was the last one to win," Poyet told the club's official website.
"What matters is the team which uses the passion you need to play the derby at the same time as their intelligence, to play the game better. There are plenty of things we need to do well to win the game."
Pardew, whose side created chance after chance but somehow failed to register a win against Norwich in midweek, has a big task at hand at the moment, having to figure out a way to move on from losing perhaps his best player in Yohan Cabaye, who signed for PSG earlier this week.
Newcastle, who are eight and are 16 points ahead of Sunderland, could not find a replacement before the transfer window shut on Friday, and Pardew knows when it comes to a Derby anything is possible, with the manager hopeful his side can put away the disappointment of losing Cabaye by putting on a commendable performance against their bitter rivals.
"The thing you do know about this fixture is it really is immaterial how you play," Pardew said. "It's really all about the result. It's a big game and we need to show that on the pitch. It's just a little bit bigger than any other game because of the emotion that's involved. The fans make it special, particularly at our place, and it's important we rise to the occasion."
The last few derbies have witnessed plenty of ill-feeling and unrest between the fans of the two clubs, and both managers - Pardew and Poyet - backed a campaign by Newcastle and Sunderland supporters, appealing for calm ahead of the big clash.
"I'm conscious of what happened last season when we lost [3-0 at home] and all sort of disturbances in the town," Pardew said. "I felt responsible. I hope the behaviour and dignity from everybody will stay in place on the day . . . and that we win."
"It's just a game," Poyet added. "I would like fans to enjoy it and no fighting."
Team news: Newcastle: New signing Luuk De Jong could make his debut for the Magpies, but Pardew remains without the services of Fabricio Coloccini and Ryan Taylor. Top scorer Loic Remy is also ruled out as the French forward begins the first of a three-match suspension, while Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse are doubtful starters.
Sunderland: Poyet completed the signing of midfielder Liam Bridcutt from Brighton, while resisting offers for Lee Cattermole. Bridcutt could be handed a debut along with Nacho Scocco, while Steven Fletcher and Phil Bardsley are doubts. Carlos Cuellar and Kieren Westwood remain on the sidelines.
Expected lineups: Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Taylor, Santon; Tiote, Anita; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.
Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Ki, Bridcutt, Colback; Johnson, Altidore, Borini.
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