The pressure is all on Sunderland to pick up a positive result, with the impending fear of relegation, and Dick Advocaat will be keen to instil a winning mentality at the club in his first game at the Stadium of Light.
However, this pressure will not be lost on Newcastle, who themselves would rue losing a fifth consecutive local derby.
It is not just bad results which have dogged the Magpies though, with performances in the last few derby games far below that which is expected in such high intensity fixtures. They have never truly looked like winning any of those previous games, and Carver will be hoping to bring three points back to Tyneside in his first derby in charge.
The temporary coach sounds confident in the run up to the game, despite the history books doing little in Newcastle’s favour, and he has admitted that there is one area that Newcastle must better their North Eastern rivals in if they want to get the upper hand at the Stadium of Light.
“In the last four games Sunderland have out-worked us and that’s not a good stat to have,” Carver said. “I’ll be making sure that doesn’t happen again and I’ll be using a whip to make sure we don’t get out worked. If we can cover anywhere near as much ground with the same intensity as a fortnight ago [against Arsenal] it gives us a good chance of winning.”