Munich - Do or die, now or never, all or nothing: that pretty much says it all as far as Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Augsburg and 1899 Hoffenheim are concerned.

With their place at Germany's top table on the line and only 180 minutes of Bundesliga action left to play, takes a look at just what the end game holds for this perilously-placed ensemble.

Bremen's form since the turn of the year has been nothing short of woeful. Only Fortuna Düsseldorf have picked up fewer points in 2013 than Thomas Schaaf's men, who now go into the final two games of the campaign looking nervously over their shoulders, three points clear of Fortuna and Augsburg and with a five-point advantage over second-bottom Hoffenheim.

Form: L-D-L-L-D

Remaining games:

Eintracht Frankfurt (h), 1. FC Nuremberg (a)


Bremen might not win again this season, but their slender head start on the trio of sides below should just edge them over the finish line come the final day.

Slow out of the starting blocks after the winter break and slower still as the season's ticked on, Fortuna face a make-or-break week in the Bundesliga. Winless in ten, the division's worst outfit this calendar year can ill afford to rely on results elsewhere, with a narrowly superior goal difference the only thing currently between them and the relegation play-off spot.

Form: L-D-L-L-L

Remaining games:

1. FC Nuremberg (h), Hannover 96 (a)


Nuremberg at home is about as must-win as they come. If Fortuna can pick up three points in that one, they should at least avoid an automatic return to the second tier, but it's unlikely.

If any of the bottom three can beat the drop, you get the distinct feeling it's going to be Augsburg. Their rousing win over fellow strugglers Fortuna back in January set the tone for a remarkable about-turn in fortunes that has given Markus Weinzierl's battling charges every hope of staving off relegation to the second tier.


Remaining games:

FC Bayern Munich (A), Greuther Fürth (h)


Saturday's trip to Bayern is as good as a write-off, but Augsburg can expect to maintain their Bundesliga status with three points at home to Fürth.

A completely different proposition under the stewardship of Markus Gisdol, Hoffenheim have displayed admirable resolve in recent weeks and will fancy their chances of taking something from a hot and cold Hamburger SV on Matchday 33. If they can follow that up with a positive result at Dortmund, unlikely as that may sound, safety could be theirs.

Form: W-D-L-W-D

Remaining games:

Hamburger SV (h), Borussia Dortmund (a)


Realistically, Hoffenheim may only rise as high as 16th in the table between now and May 18, but should have enough about them to get the job done in the play-offs.

Christopher Mayer-Lodge