Placed 6th in the eight-team League, the Nicolas Anelka managed side need a win in their second-last home game to leap into the top four on the table led by FC Goa with 15 points.
With just one other home game scheduled, against Kerala Blasters on November 26 after tomorrow's match, a lot hinges on the contest also a revenge clash for Mumbai after their 1-3 humiliation in the away first leg against Pune.
Pune, on the other hand are sitting pretty in second spot- one point behind leaders Goa and a victory would pitchfork the David Platt coached side back into the top spot on the table. Mumbai had things going very much their way following a hat-trick of home wins over Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa and North East United FC before a 4-1 thrashing by last year's champions Atletico de Kolkata upset their rhythm.
The defeat came in a match when marquee player cum manager Anelka shed the latter role to take up the mantle of the main striker. But this move seemed to have upset the settled combine up front which included India skipper Sunil Chhetri playing as the central striker and a big defeat occurred.
This was followed by a 1-1 draw against the Dynamos but off-the-field troubles arose ahead of this game resulting in assistant coach Oscar Bruzon parting ways with the team.

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