The clash between the two sides placed in the bottom-half of the table will be crucial for either team for distinct reasons.
A win for Mumbai FC (9th, 15 pts) will see them move into the top half of the table whereas a result for Rangdajied United (12th, 11 pts) will see them steer clear from the relegation zone.
Rangdajied United come into the game after a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Pune FC at the same venue on Wednesday.
After going two goals down in the first half, the hosts fought back hard to log their second win of the season and thus will pose a big challenge for Mumbai FC.
On the other hand, Mumbai FC were denied their third consecutive win after a late goal from Mohun Bagan saw both team splitting points in the previous round. However, Coach Khalid Jamil is positive ahead of the clash and has praised his team's spirit.
For Mumbai FC, the attacking trio of Mohammed Rafi, N. P. Pradeep and Yusif Yakubu have been on the forefront having scored a total of five goals in three games and will have a lot riding on their shoulders on Sunday.
Jamil also expects the experienced lot of medio Climax Lawrence, defender Haroon Amiri and winger Nicholas Rodrigues to lead the team.
Back in November when both teams met for the first time ever in Pune, Mumbai FC were denied a win after coming from a goal down as Rangdajied United defended deep and held on for a point.
This time around, Mumbai FC will be hoping to go one better and record the first win in this encounter.
The match kicks off at 3.30 pm on Sunday.
--IBNS (Posted on 14-12-2013)