Cauldron of hostility is all that awaits Newcastle United
Newcastle United's mammoth clash with Sunderland has never needed extra spice to hot things up.
But whether you like it or not several factors going into the 140th Tyne-Wear derby could make it one of the most brutal battles in history.
Sunderland fans must surely feel they will never have a better chance of beating United due to the current situation on Barrack Road, and slight concerns on Wearside about Roy Keane's contract are nothing compared to the turbulent season suffered by Newcastle supporters so far.
In all honesty, the whole country has enjoyed a good laugh at Newcastle's expense but the loudest laughs of all have come from Wearside.
Newcastle United fans will hope their side have the bottle to do overcome it all come Saturday.
From Newcastle's point of view recent politics at the club already lobs in a bucketload of spice.
But with Joey Barton making his comeback, Newcastle in the relegation zone and the club up for sale, there is a ridiculous amount of ammo for Sunderland fans to go with along with just pure hatred.
Indeed a cauldron of hostility awaits United in a fixture that many people who aren't from the area will never fully understand.
The atmosphere in the tunnel at the Stadium of Light last season after the game was as if Newcastle had beaten Sunderland again on Wearside - even though the game ended 1-1.
Back then the talk was that Sunderland had missed their greatest chance to beat United, who were terrible on the day under Sam Allardyce.
James Milner's spawny equaliser was welcome, but everybody behind the goal including Mike Ashley knew that it was a total fluke.
Ashley was with the fans for the first time that day after Sunderland had refused him entry into the directors' box due to his intention to wear his black-and-white shirt.
This time he won't be in the away end either, how times have changed.
But one thing that hasn't changed is the need on Tyneside for Newcastle United to avoid defeat.
Some Toon fans weren't even born the last time that happened in 1980, nor were the likes of Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini or Danny Guthrie.
And players like Xisco, Nile Ranger and JonÃÂ¡s GutiÃÂ©rrez had probably never even heard of Sunderland before they signed here in the summer!
Their lives could all change for better or worse come Saturday afternoon.
Form books and windows are always mentioned in the run-up to derbies, and for United that's probably a good thing given they haven't won since the end of August.
To win this time they will need to raise the bar high above the levels reached so far this season.
On a more positive note, Joe Kinnear remains unbeaten, with two 2-2 draws against Everton and Man City, and against Mark Hughes' side with 10 men there were signs that he can put together a battling unit that could be perfect for a derby.
His motivational skills on a match day are his strong point and, boy, are Newcastle United going to need them in those changing rooms at the Stadium of Light.
Certainly, if the fear factor does exist it must be slapped out of the players ahead of kick-off by Joe Kinnear who can write his name into Geordie folklore in just 90 minutes.
A nation is praying for exactly that.
HOW DO YOU FEEL GOING INTO THE DERBY?