The last time these two sides met in this year's IPL, Mumbai were the table toppers while Punjab were the table laggards. Nothing has changed since then.
Mumbai had a slip against Chennai, but in practical terms, it is impossible to win every match in the Twenty20 format, and they can be grateful that the slip-up happened now rather than in the semi-finals. They still remain amongst the best sides in the competition, though minor worries exist for them.
The chief one is, what happens to them when Sachin Tendulkar fails. Last time he failed was also against Punjab, and the team scrapped and fought its way to a win then to show it had the resilience and the depth to overcome a Tendulkar failure. However, the fact remains that the team is still largely dependant on Tendulkar firing. Of course, he has been in great touch throughout the tournament, but Mumbai urgently need the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard to pull their batting weight a little more. The young Indian guns - Ambati Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan and Saurabh Tiwary - have been generally good though, and have stepped up when required.Image: Sachin a key to Mumbai's chances.