Just another powder keg affair...
I didn't agree with it, but somebody said to me the other day that Sunderland would have to better the 5-1 demolition at St James' Park back in October in order to fully claim the local bragging rights this week!
For me, a double over the Wearsiders wipes out memories of Stevenage and lays the foundations to really kick on for the rest of the season.
Sunderland have won just once in 30 years in this fixture and have a lot of catching up to on that score and there's no doubt Steve Bruce will be desperate for revenge on Sunday after his side were demoralised at St James' Park earlier in the season.
There's been talk of Europe this season for Sunderland but would many a Black Cat would trade that for victory on Sunday?
Hatred is par for the course on Sunday for Toon fans and while many football observers claim that the Tyne-Wear derby lacks the same type of intensity as the Old Firm in Scotland, the Merseyside debry or even the derby of a nation in Real Madrid v Barcelona - I'd argue it's just as intense - even if it has been overlooked for TV coverage in favour of Birmingham's El Derby!
The hatred cascading down from the stands in the Tyne-Wear affair tells you that - or at least it does from the eyes and ears of most Newcastle fans.
But that's how it's meant to be...
It's all about how the current Toon team adapt to that hatred on Sunday becauselast time out, they didn't do it very well under Joe Kinnear who I firmly believe underestimated the clash as "just another game".
Kinnear had obviously had his fill of regular London derbies, and thought this was the same.
Like Ruud Gullit he was wrong.
Thankfully judging by Alan Pardew's words this week, he does not need to be told.
In Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll (if he plays), Newcastle will need all three of their influential players to step firmly up to the plate on the day and keep a cool head - but the same could be said of any of the XI.
The reality is any one of them could emerge with a place in Geordie folklore, just like an O'Brien, a Shearer, a Solano, an N'Zogbia, a Chopra (that miss at St James' Park included!) or even a Luque!
Barton got dog's abuse last time out in this fixture - and that was for just warming up!
Newcastle have done well at times under immense pressure in the past but this will be totally different.
It's a different game all together for Newcastle compared to the 5-1 hiding on Tyneside.
They are out of their comfort zone.
But for me, there is more pressure on Sunderland in this one.
They are desperate to get revenge, they are deperate to put wrongs right and desperate and for all the hard work Steve Bruce has put in at Sunderland, you get the feeling it won't mean much if he's on the end of another defeat on Sunday.
For Newcastle, it's more about aspiration than desperation and that's not trying to be clever.
It won't come down to who wants it most, it will come down to which team trys to play the game and not the occasion.
And for the Newcastle and Sunderland players - not to mention both sets of fans - it can't come quick enough.
One thing is for sure, one city centre is going to be a lonely old place come Sunday night.