The Citizens have been, for the most part, formidable this season, however after a blistering start they were undone by a well-drilled West Ham side in September, who claimed a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Norwich head into their clash this weekend winless in five and rank outsiders to take something from the game, yet Neil remains optimistic and says if West Ham can do it, then his side can also achieve the improbable.
"It will not be easy, they can spend £50m on one player," Neil explained to Sky Sports. "But it is what it is. We will have to go there and do the best we can.”
"West Ham went there and got a result, and we played very well against West Ham and probably should have won, so there is no reason why we can't go and give a good account of ourselves.
"Anybody can get beat on the day. If we perform at our maximum and they under-perform, then there is no reason why we should not get something out of the match."
Emulating West Ham feat no easy task:
West Ham’s victory over Manchester City was no fluke, as illustrated by their previous victories at the homes of fellow top-end Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool.
The Hammers remained compact, defended stoutly and countered in numbers when applicable.
It sounds easy, but carrying out that mission is an entirely different matter and Norwich must improve from a defensive standpoint if they are to have any chance of success at the Etihad.
So far this season, the Canaries have been leaky at the back and their 21 goals conceded is only surpassed by Newcastle United, though the Magpies have at least kept one clean sheet.