bundesliga.com presents some of the best league statistics to get you in the mood for Matchday 29...
Regional derbies are the flavour of the weekend on Matchday 29 with Eintracht Braunschweig hosting Lower Saxony rivals Hannover 96, VfB Stuttgart taking on fellow south-westerners SC Freiburg, FC Augsburg welcoming FC Bayern München in a new Bavarian classic and Eintracht Frankfurt battling it out with 1. FSV Mainz 05 for Rhine-Hessen bragging rights.
FC Bayern's record winning sequence may have fallen short of the 20-mark but they remain on course for another possible Bundesliga best-mark and a long-established one at that: now on 82 goals for the season, Pep Guardiola's men need 19 more from their final six outings to match their own incredible tally of 101 from way back in 1971/72. Which of course works out at three a game on average - plus one.
The six goals Bayern shared with 1899 Hoffenheim last time out further underpinned the visitors' credentials as the team with the second-best attack in the league behind the champions, with 63 goals scored, but also the worst defence, with 62 now conceded. That makes for a grand total of 125 goals in Hoffenheim's 28 games to date, an average of 4.5 per contest. Historically, only Eintracht Frankfurt (132, with 68 for and 64 against in 1981/82) and FC Bayern (129, 83:46 in 1973/74) have topped that aggregate total at the 28-game mark.
In their relegation six-pointer at Stuttgart, Freiburg will be looking to maintain a fine recent return to form that has seen them earn ten points from their last four games. Taking goal difference into account, Christian Streich's men are actually the Bundesliga's number one form side over that period. Stuttgart could, meanwhile, do with a repeat performance of the first season meeting, which they won 3-1 thanks in large part to two goals from - who thus became the first 17-year-old ever to bag a brace in the Bundesliga.
On the subject of repeat performances, Bayer Leverkusen would be more than happy for to follow up on the first Bundesliga hattrick of his career, netted in the 5-3 victory over former employers Hamburger SV on Matchday 12, when the sides go head-to-head again in the north-coast city this weekend.
1. FC Nürnberg's Josip Drmic will be out to hit the net for the fifth game running when the Franconians host Borussia Mönchengladbach. Ten of the Swiss forward's 16 season goals have come since league action resumed after the winter break, making him the current top scorer of 2014.