Fifth faces third when Hertha Berlin host Borussia Dortmund in the capital on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT) with both club's top-four aspirations on the line.
Just six points separate the pair ahead of their Matchday 24 meeting at the Olympiastadion. That gap had been just three before Hertha's damaging defeat to Hamburger SV last weekend, the 1-0 loss all but undoing the benefits of a draw with FC Bayern Munich and a win over Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous two matches.
By contrast, Dortmund have recovered from back-to-back defeats in all competitions to string together three successive league wins with a staggering cumulative goal difference of 12-2. After prolonging their UEFA Champions League adventure with success over SL Benfica in midweek, Thomas Tuchel's men have hit cruising altitude, and will be hoping for a first win in Berlin in three visits to secure their podium place.