Newcastle manager Alan Pardew understands the difficulties of facing Manchester City but is confident they can get something from Saturday's clash at St James' Park.
The match kicks off at lunchtime, with Pardew desperate to move away from the relegation zone.
The Magpies are just two points above 18th placed Wigan following a run of only one win from 10 games in all competitions.
But Pardew says he witnessed some encouraging signs during Monday's 2-1 defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage.
As for City, he said: "They were definitely the best away team we played last season.
"When they were at home last year they were pretty awesome and we didn't really get a foothold in that game.
"We got nothing off them last year but I don't think they are as strong as they were last year coming into this game.
"We are having a tough run, we don't disguise that, but the work ethic is there.
"One big result, which could happen this weekend, could change a lot and we could find ourselves in a good position in the league."
Regarding the recent defeat in west London, he added: "Thirty four crosses and seven shots on target, away from home, should get you close to a victory but we made some errors in that game and we've got to stop it.
"Consistency, injuries and lack of form in some players and we've lacked momentum which carried us through last year.
"The work rate is there, that was there for all to see on Monday and in the last three games in particular it has been really high. So that's a good base for us."
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