1. FC Köln will hope to arrest an alarming slump in form when they travel to relegation-haunted FC Ingolstadt 04 for Saturday's late kick-off (18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Peter Stöger's men, in seventh place and two points off the top six, will take to the pitch in Bavaria knowing what those directly ahead of them in the table have done. The Billy Goats would have had their destiny in their own hands but for a run of just a single point from their last four Bundesliga outings that has dealt a major blow to their European aspirations.
The fixture list has not been kind with RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich Cologne's last two opponents, though Ingolstadt could make the same argument for the run of one win — over Eintracht Frankfurt — and four defeats (to Hertha Berlin, Bayern, Borussia Mönchengladbach and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) that has left them second-from-bottom, five points adrift of safety coming into the weekend.