Manager John Ward believes his side are overwhelming underdogs for Saturday's visit of Leeds United despite Carlisle United sitting at the top of the League One table.
The Cumbrians moved to the summit after last weekend's 1-0 success at Southend United, but Ward insists all the pressure is on the West Yorkshire club ahead of a 16,600 sell-out at Brunton Park.
"There is pressure on Leeds, because we are the underdog side. Three years ago this football club was in the Conference," he told the News & Star.
"In terms of club size we shouldn't be in the same league, but that's nothing I can control.
"We don't normally get 13,000 home fans in here and in a sense it's going to be like a cup tie.
"I think they see Carlisle as the small club versus Leeds as the big club, and in that case people get behind the underdog a little bit.
"Without the points deduction they'd be flying at the top of this division and we wouldn't be top.
"We have got that in perspective, but it's a cracking game, we go into it in decent form and Leeds go into it unbeaten."