Chris Wilder wants his players to 'upset the odds' at Villa Park on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the weekend's trip to face Steve Bruce's Villa outfit, Wilder was in bullish mood.
He remarked: "It's a powerful, proud and historic football club and I'm told there will be a big crowd in attendance on Saturday teatime.
"It's another reason why we did fantastically well last season, to enable us to be going to the likes of Villa Park and I'm sure everyone will be writing us off again.
"So it is down to us to go and upset the odds, Villa are an extremely strong club in this division, with a vastly experienced and more importantly a successful manager in charge, who has tasted success in this division and managed in the top-flight."
And Wilder is hopeful of his side winning for the first time in six attempts, adding: "It is going to be a special occasion against an excellent side, in a top stadium, in front of a big crowd and we need to be rubbing our hands together about the prospect of trying to get back on track there.
"We've not done ourselves justice in terms of results recently, the performances haven't been terrible though, we've not been smashed in any game or found ourselves on the ropes for long periods.
"We're not a million miles off, we've got to work hard and tweak a few things and we'll be back up and running sooner rather than later."