Goa's thumping 4-1 victory over Delhi, whom they had beaten at home too earlier in the tournament, should act as a tonic when they lock horns with Mumbai who drew their previous away game against Kerala Blasters without conceding a goal in Kochi.

French defender Youness Bengelloun scored twice while his compatriot and veteran medio Roberto Pires at last found his name on the score-sheet after seven games, to give the Zico-coached team something to look ahead against Mumbai.

Considering that the two teams had featured in a goalless draw when they met in Goa, the Mumbai City-supporting crowd at the D Y Patil Stadium would want a more attacking approach to make it an entertaining game.

The team had scored just five goals from seven games going into their clash against Delhi and two of those were scored during the 2-1 first leg win over the team from the capital at home, an indication of the lack of firepower up the ranks.

With only eight points in kitty from as many games, the match will be crucial for Goa to keep their hunt for a semifinal place alive. The resounding victory over Delhi should galvanise Goa into a better attacking force against Mumbai who have kept their slate clean in their previous two games -- including the last one against Kerala Blasters at Kochi.

Mumbai have done only slightly better than Goa in the win percentage, having scored three wins, but scored one fewer goal than their opponents while conceding the same number (10) goals.

Three of the goals scored by Mumbai came in their thumping 5-0 verdict against FC Pune City, on the strength of a hat-trick from Brazilian Andre Moritz who has not scored again.

With ace French strike Nicholas Anelka to guide the team up front, and a good opportunist like Subhash Singh to give him support, Mumbai appear to hold more aces up their sleeve in attack.

Also with Freddie Ljungberg having started training yesterday after a long lay-off due to his hamstring injury, chief coach Peter Reid must be breathing a bit easier though the former Swedish international may not make the starting line-up on Monday.

The Mumbai defense has tightened up after a few loose games at the beginning, when they were beaten 3-0, 2-0 and 5-0.

Goalkeeper Subrata Paul seems to have rediscovered his assured display at the back and has not allowed a goal in for the last five games, which has obviously pleased Mumbai chief coach Peter Reid.

Reid saw the tight defensive line as one of the positives after Kerala Blasters game in Kochi, while conceding that the side needed more fire-power up front.

It's a crucial game for Mumbai too in the race to make the last four of the tournament.

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