Having registered five back-to-back losses, The Mumbaikars now fly to South India with the aim of turning their fortunes around. Kashyap and company are seventh on the table following an embarrassing run of results whereas hosts Chennai City FC are now under the guidance of new gaffer V Soundararajan, following the sacking of 50-year-old Robin Charles Raja.
The I-League debutants head into the fixture after a 3-0 defeat against Kolkata outfit East Bengal. Thanks to that demoralising defeat, Chennai are cemented to the bottom of the table with just four points from seven games. The Southerners haven't had a merry ride in the league so far and the sacking of the boss has added to their woes. The lack of creativity in the midfield from Dhanpal Ganesh, Darren Caldeira and Denson Devadas is the major reason for the mediocre results of the Chennai squad while their attack has accounted for just three goals so far. The Maharashtra outfit might not be as deadly as earlier opponents East Bengal, but if they cannot get their attack firing on all cylinders, the V Soundararajan-led side could fall prey to The Yellow Submarines.
As for Mumbai, things couldn't get worse. The team is in a downward spiral ever since their loss at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. Shoddy displays of football have been a repetitive feature of the Essel Group-owned franchise's recent outings. The Mumbai team will head into the contest with the scars of the defeat handed out to them by minnows Minerva Punjab FC. The Warriors scored two goals past Mumbai to win all three points. Just like Chennai, Mumbai are dealing with below-par performances from their midfielders. To add to it, a shaky defence has been a subject of concern as well.
Mumbai's skipper Steven Dias seems to have improved his form and is likely to be named in the starting XI on Saturday. Midfield maestro Thoi Singh will possibly miss the match as the Manipuri tied the knot, few days ago. They have signed Chennaiyin FC defender Mehrajuddin Wadoo and Afghan international Djelaludin Sharityar which should give the team a boost.
Chennai City will be without Karanjit Singh and Haroon Amiri while Abhra Mondal is a major doubt.
Both the sides possess equal chances of grabbing vital three points on offer on Saturday. Kick-off is at 7:05 PM IST at JLN Stadium, Chennai.
PREDICTED LINE UP
CHENNAI CITY FC
Injured: Karanjit Singh, Haroon Amiri
Doubtful: Abhra Mondal
Key player: Charles de Souza
Absent: Thoi Singh
Key player: Hitesh Sharma