Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Manchester City are not as strong a side as they were last season.
The Magpies entertain the Premier League champions on Saturday and Pardew feels his team have a good chance of earning all three points.
City go into the St James' Park clash six points behind leaders Manchester United after the defeat to their fierce rivals last weekend.
"They [Manchester City] were definitely the best away team we played last season," Pardew said. "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."
Newcastle are looking to end a poor run which has seen them win only one of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
Pardew's side are currently sitting 14th in the table but he believes a victory over City can spark a revival.
"We are having a tough run, we don't disguise that, but the work ethic is there," he added.
"One big result, which could happen this weekend, could change a lot of the picture and we could find ourselves in a good position in the league."