With only seven matchdays of the 2015/16 season remaining, the races for Bundesliga glory, European qualification and top-flight survival are heating up.
Indeed, with 21 points still to play for, bundesliga.com outlines where some of those points might end up after Matchday 28…
Bayern to clip Eagles' wings?
FC Bayern München could stretch their lead at the top to a provisional eight points if they beat Eintracht Frankfurt as expected on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT). Die Adler are 42 points worse off than their hosts, and at serious risk of sinking into Bundesliga 2 for the first time in four years. Bayern have not conceded in their previous seven meetings against Eintracht - an eighth would be a Bundesliga record. New Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac - a midfielder with Bayern between 2001 and 2003 - has instilled a new-found work-ethic at the Commerzbank Arena, and the fact the Bavarians saw ten first-team regulars called up for recent international duty could provide a glimmer of hope for their beleaguered visitors. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be aiming for his 150th clean sheet in the Bundesliga, provided he recovers from a recent stomach bug.
Bremen up next in busy month for BVB
Borussia Dortmund's match at home to SV Werder Bremen kicks off three hours later than the Bayern game, but they are favourites to reduce the gap back to five points - assuming Bayern win. Not even Bayern have matched Die Schwarzgelben's 26 points from a possible 30 in 2016, and Thomas Tuchel's side have lost only two of their previous ten games against their visitors, winning the reverse fixture 3-1 earlier this term. A UEFA Europa League quarter-final and DFB Cup semi-final mean a busy month for BVB, however, and Bremen's Claudio Pizarro has a club-record 102nd goal in his sights. In contrast, Dortmund's top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is without a goal since Matchday 23.
European six-pointer for Die Werkself and the Wolves
Hertha Berlin will look to strengthen their grip on the third and final automatic UEFA Champions League group stage qualification spot when they travel to BORUSSIA-PARK on Sunday afternoon with revenge also on the capital club's minds (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT). Borussia Mönchengladbach won the reverse fixture 4-1, and a repeat could see André Schubert's side pull to within three points of Hertha. Gladbach remain shorn of injured defenders Tony Jantschke, Oscar Wendt and Alvaro Dominguez, though they have managed to keep clean sheets in their previous three home games. Hertha's Salomon Kalou has scored 13 and assisted two goals this season, and has sounded a positive note ahead of the weekend, saying: "I'm relaxed and confident. I'm sure we'll finish the season in third."
Hoffenheim plot great escape against Köln
At the other end of the table, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will look to continue to pull off their great escape with 1. FC Köln Die Kraichgauer's next opponents. Although the Billy Goats are in ninth, a win would see Julian Nagelsmann's side, who occupy the promotion/relegation play-off place, close the gap between the sides to just three points. Hoffenheim have picked up a league third-best 13 points in seven games since appointing the Bundesliga's youngest-ever coach in March, and with winter loan signing Andrej Kramaric having scored four and assisted one in 2016, the Sinsheim club can be quietly confident.