Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will target victory in his first Wear-Tyne derby despite being hampered by an injury crisis.
The 49-year-old will make the short trip to the Stadium of Light without star striker Andy Carroll and defender Steven Taylor, as well as suspended midfielder Cheik Tiote, for a game which means more than most to the fans.
The Magpies thrashed Steve Bruce's side 5-1 in October, and Pardew said: "The one thing you can guarantee is it is not going to be the same result in terms of the scoreline, but we hope for the same result in terms of a win."
He added: "We can go there off the back of two wins in the Premier League confident, and that's what I hope to put on that pitch on Sunday, a team that is confident, that is assured of what they are doing and that can turn in a performance the fans will be proud of."
Despite losing three key men, Pardew has added another body to the squad with summer signing Dan Gosling now available after recovering from the knee injury with which he arrived from Everton.
The manager said: "He will definitely be in the squad and will feature on the bench, I am pretty sure of that.
"I don't think I will start him because he hasn't had enough match practice, but he has shown already he is going to threaten the squad and hopefully burst into the team at some point."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms