Fabio Borini and Steven Fletcher were both on the scoresheet that day and are likely to be paired up front by Poyet this weekend, but it is Adam Johnson's goals that are firing them away from trouble.
The Sunderland-born winger has found the net five times in his last three Premier League games, helping his side move out of the relegation zone for the first time since August.
New signing Ignacio Scocco, who joined from Internacional for an undisclosed fee on Thursday, is likely to be named on the bench alongside fellow Argentine January arrivals Oscar Ustari and Santiago Vergini.
Two men who have been linked with moves away from Sunderland before Friday's transfer deadline are Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley, and while the former is expected to miss out with a knock, Poyet is unlikely to want to lose Bardsley and therefore he should start at right-back against Newcastle.
Pardew has also ruled out throwing loan recruit Luuk De Jong into the Tyne-Wear fire, but one piece of good news for the Magpies boss is that Les Bleus star Yoan Gouffran, who has scored six top-flight goals this term, should be available to feature in a forward line that may include both Ameobi brothers.
Possible starting lineups
Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Tiote, Anita, Sissoko; Sammy Ameboi, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi
Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Larsson, Ki, Colback, Johnson; Fletcher, Borini
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