Following Newcastle’s corresponding fixture last season, police arrested more than 100 fans.
Officers were pelted with missiles as bottles, flares and rocks rained down on a special unit trying to escort Sunderland fans away from St James’ Park.
Alan Pardew’s men suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat and how can we forget the Toon fan who punched a police horse!
Currently, the fixture this year is scheduled for February 1, and BT Sport last night confirmed the fixture would NOT be televised.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police last night said: “We are still working with the clubs and other partners for this upcoming fixture, and information will be released in due course.”
It is unlikely the game will remain a 3pm kick-off, with officers previously opting for an early start to avoid drink-fuelled violence.
Earlier in the current season officers revealed they had made just 20 arrests after the Black Cats secured a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.