Munich - With just eight matches to go and plenty still to play for, the 2012/13 Bundesliga run-in promises to be one of the most exciting yet.

FC Bayern Munich are as sure a bet you'll find for the title, but below them the battle is raging for European spots and, even further down the table, for top-flight survival. used the recent international break to assess each club's chances heading into the final straight. Simply click on each club's name to view their individual formchecks...

After two seasons without a trophy, FC Bayern Munich's response this term could hardly have been much better. A staggering 20 points clear at the top of the league table, a record 22nd Bundesliga crown could and should be sewn up in a matter of weeks.

Over the past couple of seasons, Borussia Dortmund fans have grown accustomed to their side entering the business end of the campaign confident of winning at least one trophy. Yet despite their best efforts this time, the Yellow-Blacks have fallen short of the pace.

Their topsy-turvy 2013 results have seen Bayer 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, Bayer are well on course for the UEFA Champions League.

A dip in form has seen Eintracht Frankfurt lose ground in 2013, but the Bundesliga's surprise package remain in the hunt for European football. Their latest streak of six games without a win has gone hand in hand with top scorer Alexander Meier's dry patch in front of goal.

From mid-table mediocrity to top-four contenders in little over two months, FC Schalke 04 at long last appear to have turned a corner right when it matters most. With eight games left to play, the Royal Blues are once again honing in on the Champions League places.

As is almost invariably the case, 1. FSV Mainz 05 started into the 2012/13 season with Bundesliga survival the uppermost priority, but with eight rounds of action still to go the club from the small city on the Rhine can now afford to shift their focus firmly to the battle for Europe.

This time last year Borussia Mönchengladbach were flying high in third on the back of some scintillating counterattacking football. Lucien Favre's men are proving a tough nut to crack once again this season, with a return to European competition still very much on the cards.

How times have changed for Hamburger SV. At this juncture last season, the Bundesliga's only ever-present outfit were staring the possibility of relegation in the face. Fast forward 12 months, however, and a place in Europe is a distinct possibility.

They started into 2012/13 with modest hopes but ahead of Matchday 27, SC Freiburg find themselves battling for a Europa League berth on two separate fronts. The Black Forest club are also just one game away from a place in the DFB Cup final.

With eight games left, Hannover 96 have plenty of work to do if they're to make it a hat-trick of Europa League appearances next term. Once again the Reds have turned the AWD Arena into a fortress, but it's their alarming run on the road that could prove their undoing come May.

The chances of VfB Stuttgart qualifying for Europe via their league position this season are decidedly slim, making the DFB Cup their most likely route into the Europa League unless they can pull off one of the late-season resurgences they've become famous for in recent seasons.

One of only four sides to have taken points off leaders Bayern Munich in the league this season, Nuremberg go into the business end of the campaign as one of the Bundesliga's outside bets for a European berth thanks, in part, to a ten-match unbeaten run on home soil.

They went into the season with a clutch of high-quality new signings and correspondingly high hopes but after a misfiring season start, new coach Dieter Hecking has been charged with the task of getting the Wolves closer to the head of the pack again.

With such a fine tradition of European football, it is surprising to see Bremen struggling to earn a place among the top six for the third season in a row. Werder currently stand a greater chance of gracing Bundesliga 2 stadia they do arenas in Madrid or Manchester.

Having clinched their top-flight return after a 15-year absence last season, Fortuna Düsseldorf find themselves down in 15th place, albeit still with a five-point cushion over FC Augsburg, who are directly below them in the relegation play-off berth.

FC Augsburg seemed to be suffering from the 'second-season syndrome' after promotion in 2011, going into the winter break with a mere nine points, but a miracle turnaround has revived the Bavarians' hopes of top-flight football for a third year running.

Having gone into the season with ambitions of challenging for the European places, 1899 Hoffenheim find themselves in the thick of the relegation battle. The gap between Marco Kurz's men and the relegation play-off spot has grown to four points in recent weeks.

They started into their debut Bundesliga season with high hopes, but now Greuther Fürth are staring a speedy return to the second tier squarely in the face. Nine points shy of even the relegation play-off place, the Clover Leaves require an awful lot to go their way in their remaining eight games.