Birmingham boss Alex McLeish admits the odds are stacked against his side as they travel to Manchester United on Sunday.
The Blues bounced back to the top-flight at the first attempt last season, but they face a major challenge if they are to get the new season off to a good start as they head to Old Trafford for their season opener.
And, with McLeish admitting that Sir Alex Ferguson has far more talent at his disposal, the former Scotland boss knows it would be a shock if they were to take anything from the game.
"If it was only about me and the boss then it might be a more even fight, but he has got untold riches in terms of ability, financial clout, technical ability, speed, strength," he said.
"He has everything. They are a top, top club in everything they do.
"For us to compete with Manchester United is going to be very difficult but that is the challenge that faces every team that plays them.
"They are the champions - everywhere they go they are feted - and we are going into the lions' den this weekend.
"Our players will need to punch above their weight."