Newcastle United's Loic Remy has as many goals as Sunderland this season, and he's done it in three fewer starts.
The France forward has five goals in five starts while the struggling Black Cats have managed as many through eight Premier League matches. They'll look to end their distinction as the only top-flight club without a win in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are looking to avenge a 3-0 home loss in the last derby on Apr. 14.
"We know already, we don't need anybody to tell us that it is a big game," Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote told the club's official website. "It's a big game not only for us but for the supporters as well as everyone in Newcastle. Everyone wants to win it. We are ready for it. We lost against Sunderland last season and that hurt us. It was a bad day and we want to do much better."
The Magpies (3-2-3) are coming off a 2-2 draw with a fully fit Liverpool squad on Oct. 19 at St. James' Park in which they played with 10 men from the 40th minute on.
Newcastle led early on Yohan Cabaye's 23rd-minute strike from distance. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty in the 42nd after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for taking down Luis Suarez.
Halftime substitute Paul Dummett gave Newcastle their second lead in the 56th, but Suarez's 72nd-minute cross was headed in by Daniel Sturridge to again even the match for the Reds.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul preserved the draw with a 96th-minute save on a Suarez free kick.
In addition to playing a man down for the majority of the match, they were without captain Fabricio Coloccini. They'll likely be without him again Sunday as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.
Remy had five goals in three matches prior to being contained by Liverpool.
The Wearsiders (0-1-7) are at the bottom of the table with one point after losing manager Gus Poyet's debut 4-0 at Swansea City on Oct. 19 after the international break. It was their worst defeat of the season and first loss by at least four goals since a 6-1 defeat at Aston Villa on Apr. 29.
All four Swansea goals came in the second half, beginning with an own goal in the 57th minute.
Sunderland's five goals are second-worst in the Premier League heading into the weekend ahead of Stoke City's four, and they've managed just 18 shots on target.
"We know we're in a fight and we need to pick some points up quickly," midfielder Lee Cattermole told the team's official website.
They've gone 13 top-flight matches since they last scored more than a goal in a match, which was last year's away derby.
Sunday will be Poyet's first home match managing the club, and it's just the kind he liked as a player.
"The derbies are the games I used to love to play in," he told the club's official website. "You can feel the tension, the fans - that's the best you can get in football. I am looking forward to Sunday."
The sides played to a 1-1 draw in Sunderland's home derby last season on Oct. 21, 2012.