The 54-year-old is in no doubt when it comes to assessing the quality of the respective squads.
After being drawn against Manchester City in the fourth round of the Capital One cup - the same scenario which occurred when he was at Newcastle United last season - Alan Pardew has been comparing his former side with his current one to the Croydon Adveritser.
The Magpies were able to spring a shock at the Eithad Stadium on Pardew's last attempt, while it's a result that gives him confidence for his next attempt in more ways than one.
Speaking recently on the potential parallels between the two teams, the Palace boss feels that the tools he now has at hand are superior to those he had the last time he won in Manchester.
“I do want a cup run,” Pardew said, as reported by the Croydon Advertiser. “Ironically when I was at Newcastle last year, we won in that competition at City so it’s not impossible.
“That team I took there that night, that particular team, isn’t as good as the Palace team I have.
“So, we did it that night and I believe we can do it with this team at Palace.”
It's little wonder that Pardew appears full of confidence in his current side, given their excellent start to the new Premier League campaign. Only the top two have won more games than Crystal Palace.
The London outfit are currently seventh in the table, and mere points away from the coveted top four Champions League positions. With a win over West Bromwich Albion this coming weekend, Pardew's men might well be thinking of more than a cup run.