Ahead of Sunday's full nine-game programme, bundesliga.com has the statistical lowdown on each of the quartet of clubs still in the mix in the race for a place at German football's top table next season:
Paderborn alone can claim the second automatic promotion berth on Matchday 33. Last week's home victory over Sandhausen leaves André Breitenreiter's men needing to put in a repeat showing at Erzgebirge Aue while Greuther Fürth simultaneously fail to win at Cottbus. Given that combination, Paderborn would be guaranteed their first-ever taste of Bundesliga football. A draw would secure them third place at the very least.
Two points behind Paderborn and four clear of fourth-place Kaiserslautern, Fürth can seal a shot at the play-offs with a victory at relegated Cottbus, provided the Red Devils fail to win themselves. With a draw, the Franconians will still have third place safe if Kaiserslautern lose and Karlsruhe don't win. Looking the other way, anything less than a win for Paderborn could see Fürth climb above them ahead of the final matchday.
Kaiserslautern's hopes of a direct promotion berth are co-dependent on Paderborn taking a point at most from their remaining games, and Fürth no more than three – as well as earning six themselves. The more likely route back to the Bundesliga is by way of the play-offs again. Even here, the Red Devils need Fürth, three points in front of them with a slightly better goal difference, to slip up in one or both of their last two outings.
Fifth-place Karlsruhe, five points off the pace, could also theoretically still make the play-off berth. Anything less than a victory over on-form Düsseldorf, however, would put an end to the Baden club's dream of successful back-to-back promotion campaigns and a return to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2009. A win for Fürth on Sunday would likewise put them beyond KSC's reach.