As if the stark contrast in form and financial circumstances are not bad enough, Newcastle also have to contend with a poor history of visits to City.
"I don’t think there is a mental barrier. We have never done well against them," admitted Pardew.
"We’ve played in patches, but never over an entire game. I think if we are going to get a result then that’s what we need to do.
"City are the one team against whom we haven’t got over the line, so it would be fantastic to bury that one as well."
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