Pellegrini’s side head to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, hoping to end their winless run at Sunderland.
The Premier League defending champions have lost four times on the bounce at Sunderland - all 1-0 victories to The Rokerites - and Argentine full-back Pablo Zabaleta is full of belief that they can turn things around as they head to face Guus Poyet's side, who stopped the league leaders Chelsea from scoring a goal over the weekend.
“We need to kick on and make sure we get the result we need at Sunderland which is another really tough game on the road for is,” said Zabaleta on mcfc.com.
Zabaleta who joined the Citizens back in 2008, joked he could be the 'jinx'.
“I was at the club the last time we won there in 2008, but I’d just signed and wasn’t in the team. In fact, maybe I’m the jinx!
“But runs of results like this are there to be ended and if we play the way we did at Southampton we have a good chance of coming away with a victory,” the 29-year-old added.
The defender also revealed confidence within the Man City team is at its peak after they beat Ronald Koeman's team [Southampton] 3-0 at the St Mary's over the weekend.
“I felt after the game that we had performed much more like the way we know we can play and we were happy,” he continued.
“Collectively we needed to improve and though there is still a long way to go, our win at Southampton was our third in a row which ended a great week for us.
“With the quality we have up front with their speed and ability, if we are given the space to hurt teams, we will. I don’t expect there to be similar space up front against Sunderland because against Chelsea, they changed the way they played and defended much deeper – they did a really good job, too.
“Defensively they’ve been really solid apart from that one game against Southampton – but we will see because maybe they will play with width and try and attack us.”
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff