I-League 2017: Mumbai FC vs Shillong Lajong Preview: Oscar Bruzon's side to play for a Federation Cup spot

Shillong Lajong travel away to take on Mumbai FC at the Cooperage Stadium on Sunday. 

However with Churchill thrashing Chennai City, the Yellow and Blue Brigade have been relegated from the top division of Indian football for the first time ever. 

Bruzon though will hope to keep them going with an outside chance of qualifying for the Federation Cup should they pick up two wins and results go their way. 

Alex Silva and Anderson meanwhile have been released by the club while the rest of the foreign contingent - Djelaludin Sharityar and Densill Theobald are doubtful to start against Lajong as well. 

Reagan and Pratik will form the backline as Clyde Fernandes and Pratesh Shirodkar slot in central midfield. 

Karan Sahwney is expected to be the lone striker upfront but Thoi Singh's role on the right wing will be crucial to Mumbai who picked up their last win a massive 14 matches ago in mid January. 

Meanwhile Thangboi Singto will be guarded after their unbeaten run was snapped last week by a marauding Bengaluru FC. However Lajong have been decent travellers having won thrice, drawn twice and lost thrice away from home. 

Asier Dipanda - the league top scorer's absence might be a worry though but Fabio Pena is expected to step up to the proceedings. 

Elsewhere the impressive Yuta Kinowaki will look to run the show while Bipin Singh and Redeem Tlang patrol the wings. 

Mumbai meanwhile will also be wary of their poor record against the North Eastern side, having won only once and lost three matches in their last five encounters. 

The 5-0 thrashing handed out at home in 2015 will something they would want to forget soon.

Kickoff is at 7.05 PM on Sunday.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS:

Mumbai XI

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 MUMBAI FC:

Injured :  None

Doubtful :  Djelaludin Sharityar, Densill Theobald

Released:  Anderson, Alex Silva

Suspended :  None

Key Player :  Thoi Singh

Shillong XI

MOHUN BAGAN AC:

Injured:  Asier Dipanda

Doubtful:  None

Suspended:  None

Key Player:   Yuta Kinowaki

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