As things stand, 16th-placed Hamburg are in pole position to earn themselves a second bite of the top-flight cherry by way of the relegation play-offs, but it would only take a goal or two elsewhere to change all that, as bundesliga.com finds out...
Hamburg's 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 29 should have been the turning point in their sorry season. Instead, it was merely the precursor to a familiar four-match losing streak, with last weekend's 4-1 home defeat to FC Bayern putting outright survival beyond them. An injury to leading scorer Pierre-Michel Lasogga hasn't helped, but there is an argument to be made that the Bundesliga's only ever-present club have been long been living on borrowed time.
Final game: 1. FSV Mainz 05 (a)
Permutations: Three points will do it for Mirko Slomka's men. A draw will only be enough if Nürnberg lose or draw and Braunschweig fail to win by seven-goal swing. A 21st defeat of the season coupled with victory for either of the bottom two would send HSV tumbling.
Outlook:Hakan Calhanoglu aside, there just doesn't appear to be enough belief in the ranks to get the better of a Mainz ensemble chasing a win that would take them into next season's UEFA Europa League. HSV, it seems, may have to rely on results elsewhere...
Jinxed by the woodwork and generally lacking the gumption needed to survive at Germany's top table, Nürnberg are staring a record eighth relegation to the second tier square in the face. Gertjan Verbeek looked to have steered the Franconians back on track earlier in the year, but their form swiftly nosedived, with another change in head coach failing to stem the tide for an affable outfit that have picked up fewer wins (five) than any other side in the Bundesliga this term.
Final game: FC Schalke 04 (a)
Permutations: Three points at the Veltins Arena are a must, but even that might not be enough if Hamburg win at Mainz. Anything else will ensure the 17th-placed Club start the 2014/15 campaign in the second tier.
Outlook:Friends or not, Nürnberg won't be expecting any favours from a Schalke side in need of a point to secure automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League. Barring something supernatural, the Franconians look the most obvious candidate to slip through the D-day net.
You can't help but doff your hat to plucky Eintracht Braunschweig. Bottom of the table since Matchday 3, the Lions have done an admirable job just getting to the final hurdle with something still to play for. Lower Saxony derby wins over Hannover 96 and VfL Wolfsburg have been the high points of a soul-stirring campaign that will doubtless live long in the memory of the club's inimitable fans regardless of the outcome this weekend.
Final game: 1899 Hoffenheim (a)
Permutations: If Hamburg and/or Nürnberg match or better Braunschweig's result, the Lions will be relegated. Should Eintracht run out victorious, Nürnberg fail to win and Hamburg lose, however, Torsten Lieberknecht's men will live to fight another day. A draw is no use whatsoever.
Outlook: No one expected them to get this far, but if Domi Kumbela and the gang can take their chances against the Bundesliga's most porous back line, it might well be one of those days to tell the grandkids about.