There's a traditional Bavarian welcome awaiting VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena ahead of the heavyweight south German encounter
It's an intensely-fought affair from the off: Danijel Pranjic (r.) battling it out here with VfB's Gotoku Sakai
Another Japanese prospect, Takashi Usami , (l., against Cristian Molinaro) gets a rare starting appearance down the right for Bayern
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (r.) goes head-to-head with Shinji Okazaki
There's not much in it early on, as testified to by this aerial duel between SCF's Jonathan Schmid and Christian Eichner
...but Mensur Mujdza gives Freiburg the lead again on 36 minutes...
...and Christian Streich's troops ease away to an eventual 4-1 victory
1899 Hoffenheim are up against 1. FC Nuremberg, with both sides still in with an outside chance of a place in Europe
A see-saw encounter unfolds, 1899 battling back twice after keeper Tom Starke (3. r.) has to pick the ball out of the net
Andreas Beck (l.) squares it the first time for the hosts - with his first goal of the season
In the end though, Philipp Wollscheid (r.) and his Nuremberg teammates clinch the win...
...thanks to Tomas Pekhart's (3.l.) second goal of the contest, enabling "der Club" to move above Hoffenheim in the standings
David Jarolim's (m.) Hamburger SV are looking to secure their own survival with a win at home to 1. FSV Mainz 05
Nominal number three keeper Sven Neuhaus starts between the posts for HSV
Tomas Rincon (r., against Elkin Soto) and his fellow Red Shorts make heavy weather of it in the first half-hour against an impressive Mainz
Shortly before the interval, Paolo Guerrero goes close with a header...
...but the deadlock remians unbroken into, and right through to the end of the encounter. A 0-0 draw is enough though to maintain HSV's unique ever-present record in the top flight
Wolfsburg take on Bremen in another meeting of Europa League aspirants: Wolves' central defender Alexander Madlung (l.) clears ahead of Clemens Fritz here
Salty Bundesliga seadog Hasan Salihamidzic (l.), a 23rd-minute sub for Ashkan Dejagah, belts VfL in front five minutes before half time...
...but seconds before the interval, Markus Rosenberg (l.) stoops to head the visitors level
Mario Mandzukic (l., against Tom Trybull) and his fellow Wolves up the pressure after the restart...
...and a brace from Patrick Helmes earns them the win that keeps them right in the hunt for Europe - a race Bremen are as good as out of now
Already-relegated 1. FC Kaiserslautern host champions Borussia Dortmund: a study in contrasts at the Betzenberg
An own-goal from Felipe Santana gives the Red Devils a surprise lead in the 16th minute
But for Andrew Wooten (l.) and co., that winning feeling is of short duration...
...as Lucas Barrios (2. r.) heads BVB level two minutes later, a prelude to putting them in front not long after
FCK coach Krassimir Balakov wants a reaction from his side, who truly have nothing more to lose at this stage...
...and four minutes into the second half, Pierre De Wit (r.) heads them back to within one of the visitors. But Barrios completes his hattrick, Ivan Perisic scores as well and the final result reads 5-2 in Dortmund's favour
Hertha BSC Berlin are battling for their very Bundesliga survival at Schalke 04
Last-minute call-up Jose-Manuel Jurado is looking lively from the off in midfield for the home side
But there's not much in it during an intensely-contested opening phase...
...until goalgetter supreme Klaas-Jan Huntelaar breaches the guest defence, that is - the first of two for him and four for Schalke as they eventually run out comfortable winners, sealing third place in the process
Mike Hanke passes up a great opportunity to put the Foals in front from close range in the first half