Stakes are high as Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs prepare to square off in their second-round Absa Premiership encounter at the FNB Stadium this Saturday (15h30).
The two Soweto rivals are currently hot favourites to challenge log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the title race, with only eight games remaining in the campaign.
While league meetings between the two sides in recent times have often ended in dreary stalemates, McCarthy believes there is much more at stake this time around, with a draw only favouring the Brazilians.
"It's number two vs number three on the log, so one team will have to win to place more pressure on Sundowns," McCarthy tells KickOff.com.
"We're all hoping to see a game as exciting as Sundowns vs Pirates at Loftus, where two teams want to go at each other with no holding back.
"If they're going to go into the game with a cautious approach and play for a draw, then both teams may as well say to Sundowns, 'go on and take the league.'
"For me, I definitely feel if Chiefs and Pirates want to maintain pressure on Sundowns then we will have to have a winner in this weekend's Derby."