Joe Dunne thinks his Colchester United side will start as underdogs tomorrow - despite being level pegging with opponents Bristol City in the table.
The U’s host the resurgent Robins targeting back-to-back wins at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for the first time since October 2012.
Colchester head into the clash sitting five points above the League One relegation zone, with ten games of the season remaining.
But Bristol City have lost only one of their last eight matches.
And U’s boss Dunne believes those outside of the U’s fraternity will rate the visitors as favourites.
Dunne said: “It’s an incredibly tough game tomorrow and they’ll probably be expected to beat us.
“If you read what they say about us, for everybody who seems to come to Colchester at the moment it’s a three-point game.
“We’ll be little old Col U taking on a big club with a big following."
For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a three-page preview of the U's game with Bristol City, see Friday's Daily Gazette.