After a frustrating draw against Norwich in midweek, Newcastle return to Premier League action when they take on arch rivals Sunderland at home tomorrow.

The stand-out fixture of any season, the Mackems at home is the one match every Geordie wants to win more than any other.

Everyone has fond memories of the time Chris Hughton led Newcastle to a stunning 5-1 win over the Black Cats in 2010 and a similar performance wouldn’t go amiss here.

That’s because Sunderland have won the last two derbies, including that horrific 3-0 win at St James’ Park last season that had Alan Pardew clinging onto his job by his fingertips.

But cling on he has, and tomorrow is another chance for the Toon manager to taste Derby success again, having led Newcastle to a 1-0 win over Steve Bruce’s Sunderland in 2009.

If he is going to reclaim local bragging rights for the black and white part of the North-East, he will have to do it without top scorer Loic Remy.

The Frenchman was sent off for fighting with Norwich’s Bradley Johnson on Tuesday night and the FA have chosen to reject Newcastle’s appeal, despite rescinding the red shown to Johnson in the same incident.

Papiss Cisse was missing from the squad to play Norwich with a mysterious back problem and news on his fitness is scarce, so the Newcastle attack could be lead by the “Mackem Slayer”, Shola Ameobi.

Local lad Sammy Ameobi could keep his place on the wing as Yoan Gouffran looks set to miss out with an unspecified injury, while Captain Fabricio Coloccini is still missing with a knee injury.

New signing Luuk De Jong is set for a place on the bench as Pardew believes the game will come too soon for him to start, so a cameo appearance beckons for the Dutch international.

As for that lot, goalkeeper Kieran Westwood remains on the sidelines, along with Carlos Cuellar. Gus Poyet is more than likely to do some deadline day deals, so any amount of unheard of foreigners could be in the Black Cats’ squad come matchday. Liam Bridcutt has completed his deal from Brighton and could be available.

A win for Newcastle would keep them in touch with the top six and within touching distance of Manchester United, while the cushion above Southampton will remain even with defeat. Sunderland could move further away from the relegation places if they take the spoils, having moved out of the bottom three for the first time all season with a win over Stoke in midweek.