Nevertheless, with all nine fixtures being played on 'Super Saturday' (kick-offs 15:30 CET), some light should be shed on which teams will rejoicing with a place in the UEFA Champions League or Europa League, and which will be gnashing their teeth on the way to the second tier. bundesliga.com breaks down the permutations ahead of what is shaping up to be a tense season finale.
FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen are all certain to be flying the Bundesliga’s flag in the Champions League group stage next season, but that still leaves one more place for a side to join them at Europe’s top table via the play-offs.
Thanks to back-to-back victories over Hamburger SV and Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke 04 are in the driving seat. Victory at home to VfB Stuttgart this weekend would leave them needing just a draw from their final game to ensure a return to the continent's elite club competition.
That fixture is against unlikely European pretenders SC Freiburg. The south-western club are currently four points behind the Royal Blues and just one behind fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. Should Schalke fail to get the better of a notoriously hot and cold VfB Stuttgart this weekend, it would set up a mouthwateringly tense Champions League decider in the usually tranquil Black Forest.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, are out to keep their hopes alive with victory at SV Werder Bremen. Three points there might just be enough to pressure Schalke into slipping up...
Two of the aforementioned frontrunning trio will likely line up alongside VfB Stuttgart in the Europa League next term, the Swabians having already booked their ticket in the competition as DFB Cup finalists, but seventh-place Hamburger SV are also hoping to have a say between now and the season's end.
A vastly inferior goal difference does not bode well for the Red Shorts, although a goal-fest away to second-bottom Hoffenheim would allow Rafael van der Vaart and Co. to keep the dream alive that little while longer.
Not that Markus Gisdol's men - the seventh best side in the latest form table - will go down without a fight. Their situation is precarious and they could join Greuther Fürth in the second tier should they fail to get the better of Hamburg. A draw would not be enough either, if both Augsburg and Düsseldorf, who are vying to avoid a relegation play-off, record victories.
Bremen can secure their top-flight status with victory over Frankfurt, just as long as either Düsseldorf or Augsburg fail to take maximum points against 1. FC Nuremberg and Bayern respectively. However, for that to happen, Bremen must snap an 11-game winless streak.