Neighbours Rochdale are 10 points clear at the top and looking a good bet to win their first promotion since 1969.
Looking ahead to Monday's televised clash, Knill told the Bury Times: "It's going to be a good game between two quality sides. It does add a bit of spice that they are top and we are fourth but I am sure the outcome will not decide what happens at the end of the season.
"Even though we are at home we do not start as the favourites but it is for us to prove that wrong.
"Both teams are in good form and it is always a great atmosphere for this type of game. I just hope the fact the match is on television doesn't stop some people from coming down."