The 151st Tyne-Wear derby takes place tomorrow, with Alan Pardew under pressure to halt a three-match losing run against Sunderland.

Since crowd trouble has marred many recent meetings between the two sides, both clubs have bought into a “passion not poison” campaign which aims on reducing the hate between the bitter rivals and focus on an intense yet safe derby.

The last year has seen the two clubs build bridges after the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy, where two Newcastle fans tragically lost their lives. John Alder and Liam Sweeney are still fondly remembered with a minute’s applause in the 17th minute of every game, a gesture sure to be adopted by the travelling Sunderland contingent tomorrow.

On the pitch, Pardew has problems. Third-choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick made a costly mistake in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night and then picked up a shoulder injury. With only 17-year-old Freddie Woodman available, Alnwick is set to play through the pain in his first ever senior Tyne-Wear derby.

Better news is that Daryl Janmaat is available again after suspension, while Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor should return to boost the side after being rested against Spurs in midweek. Tiote is one booking away from a one-match suspension. Papiss Cisse should also start after a rest on Wednesday.

Jack Colback is in line for his first North-East derby as a black and white player, after scoring for Sunderland at St James’ Park the last time the sides met.

Siem de Jong is back in training but not fit to play, while Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan, Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons are all injured and will miss out.

Gus Poyet may choose to replace Jozy Altidore with Steven Fletcher up front. The American has a dire scoring record in English football and managed to miss a simple chance last week against West Ham last week.

Emmanuele Giaccherini and Billy Jones are back in training and could be involved.

The last two derbies at St James’ Park have ended 3-0 to the visitors, heaping pressure on Alan Pardew. So far, he has survived the axe but should this week finish with a derby defeat on top of a hammering in the cup, the pressure will once again be on the man who has now been in charge for just over four years and not defeated the bitterest enemy.