The teams with the two best records in the second half of the season meet when Borussia Mönchengladbach take on leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday (kick-off 17:30 CET/16:30 GMT).
Gladbach suffered a rare hiccup on Dieter Hecking’s watch as they went down to a 2-1 defeat in Hamburg on Matchday 24. The Foals’ boss will be hoping Thursday’s UEFA Europa League clash does not sap too much energy from his side ahead of Sunday as the ninth-placed side aim to get the win they need to close in on the European places.
There is a rare role reversal for Bayern this week as they have a full week to prepare for a Bundesliga match while their opponents are distracted by a midweek fixture. Last weekend’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt helped the Bavarians open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table, and the champions will make it 19 games without defeat in all competitions if they can leave Mönchengladbach with a result.