Sunderland utility player Jack Colback insists he knows what to expect from Sunday's derby with Newcastle at the Stadium of Light, live on Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old, who was born and raised in the area, knows how intense the occasions can be but believes they have enough experience in their squad to cope.
"Being from up here I know how much it means to the fans," Colback told the club's official website.
"When the fixtures come out the first ones they look for are the derbies. The games are always big and intense, but we've got players right through our squad who have been involved in derbies.
"For example, the likes of John O'Shea and Wes Brown have been involved in the Manchester derby. Everyone knows how big these games are.
"These games are intense affairs and there's a lot of pressure, but they're the games you want to be involved in as a professional footballer."