Munich - Their topsy-turvy 2013 results have seen Bayer 04 Leverkusen relinquish second place, but the Rhineland outfit still have everything to play for down the back straight.

Six points clear of fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, coaching duo Sami Hyypiä and Sascha Lewandowski's men are well on course to securing a place in next season's UEFA Champions League.

  • Bayer are five points better off than they were at the same stage last season (45 compared to 40).

  • Only FC Bayern Munich have a better record at home, Leverkusen having only lost against the runaway table-toppers (2-1) and champions Borussia Dortmund (3-2).

  • Stefan Kießling (96) and (91) have had the most attempts on goal of all players in the Bundesliga. Interestingly, 93 per cent of Bayer's goals have been scored by Germans.

  • Leverkusen's nine games so far in 2013 have produced an even split of wins, draws and defeats - below par for a club of their size.

  • The Werkself's away record of four wins, as many draws and five losses is only the sixth best in the league. It's the first time in three years that Leverkusen have gone five consecutive away matches without a win.

  • No team has conceded more penalties than Leverkusen (seven).

might not be Germany national coach Joachim Löw's favourite, but the 29-year-old striker has been in outstanding form this season. The 16 goals netted so far are as many as he scored in the entire 2011/12 campaign and and he still has the chance to break his own record of 21 goals in one season.

  • Matchday 27: Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)
  • Matchday 28: VfL Wolfsburg (H)
  • Matchday 29: FC Schalke 04 (A)
  • Matchday 30: 1899 Hoffenheim (H)
  • Matchday 31: Werder Bremen (H)
  • Matchday 32: 1. FC Nuremberg (A)
  • Matchday 33: Hannover 95 (H)
  • Matchday 34: Hamburger SV (A)