Kolkata: East Bengal take on Mumbai FC in a rescheduled Airtel I-League encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The Kolkata club made up significant ground in the title race at the weekend as they defeated Rangdajied United 3-1 while none of the top four could register a win and three of them suffered losses.
East Bengal are now 10 points behind leaders Bengaluru and have played three games less.
This is one of their three fixtures in hand and thus the red-and-gold brigade need maximum points to get closer to the top. However East Bengal haven't won back-to-back I-League games all season and were beaten by Mumbai 2-3 in the reverse fixture in Pune.
East Bengal coach Armando Colaco has plenty of injury worries with both James Moga and Seminlen Doungel also coming off with knocks against Rangdajied.
It remains to be seen whether either of them are passed fit for this clash but the whole squad is well aware that they can't afford to drop points.