The 94th instalment of Der Klassiker tops a jam-packed bill on Bundesliga Matchday 25.
bundesliga.com casts an eye over some of the high-stakes action coming your way this weekend...
It is a term that is bandied around a lot at this stage in the season, but 'title decider' is not too far off the mark ahead of Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München's trip to second-placed Borussia Dortmund in . Only five points separate the two Bundesliga heavyweights following Bayern's shock 2-1 defeat to 1. FSV Mainz 05 and BVB's comfortable 2-0 win in Darmstadt - a combination of results that has added a whole new dimension to German football's headline event.
The neck-and-neck race for the 2015/16 Bundesliga Torjägerkanone only adds to the occasion. In the red corner, Bayern's Robert Lewandowski leads the way on 23 goals - eight of which have come in 2016. Schwarz-Gelben hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is his nearest challenger on 22, but do not rule out Thomas Müller. The aptly named Raumdeuter (space invader) has netted a single-season-career-best 17 Bundesliga goals so far this term and, like Lewandowski, grabbed a brace in Bayern's emphatic 5-1 win over Dortmund earlier in the campaign.
Wolves vs Foals
Another game with potentially huge ramifications for the final standings is VfL Wolfsburg's clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Both sides posted welcome midweek wins in their respective pursuits of UEFA Champions League football - a six-team battle royale that looks certain to go right to the wire. Wolfsburg still have a lot of ground to make up down in eighth on 34 points, while Gladbach are one of a clutch of sides looking to usurp Hertha Berlin in third and qualify for European football's elite club competition automatically.
Pizarro on song ahead of derby
That the race for the coveted top-four is so open is, in part, down to relegation-threatened SV Werder Bremen. The Green-Whites played seventh-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen off the park on Wednesday night, with veteran striker Claudio Pizarro netting a sensational hat-trick in a comprehensive 4-1 win. The four-time Bundesliga champions host rock-bottom Hannover 96 in the Nordderby on Saturday, looking for the win that would put further daylight between themselves and the bottom three, and push the Reds that bit closer to the trapdoor.
Likewise showing signs of life in their bid to stay afloat, improving TSG 1899 Hoffenheim contest a derby of their own when they travel to south-west rivals Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon. The Sinsheim club moved to within two points of the relegation play-off place thanks to a 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg on Wednesday, despite being virtually written off little over a month ago - around about the same time Stuttgart were daring to dream of a place in the top half. The wheels have come off Die Schwaben's resurgence in recent weeks, however, Jürgen Kramny's side having lost two and drawn one of their last three.