Calculators at the ready - the final 90 minutes of the season are set to see plenty of ups and downs, but who ultimately occupies that dreaded 16th place will only be determined when the final whistles blow in Hamburg, Cologne and Sinsheim.

Only then will we know who will face the third-placed team in Bundesliga 2 for the right to play in the Bundesliga next term. Allow to clarify things...

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Hamburg have only one chance of avoiding a play-off: beating Wolfsburg. © imago / Moritz Mueller

Should Hamburg fail to beat Wolfsburg, then it is quite simple: they finish 16th. However, should they win, it will then come down to the margin of their victory and results elsewhere to determine whether Wolfsburg drop to 16th, or whether Augsburg or Mainz slip into the dreaded relegation play-off position.

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The play-off for the play-off

All eyes will be on the Volksparkstadion and, in particular, the clock which has been ticking throughout Hamburg's uninterrupted permanence in the German top flight. It will not stop on Saturday, but it could be entering into its final hours should HSV fail to beat Wolfsburg in what is something of a play-off to avoid the relegation play-off. In a bid to focus on the most important game of their season, head coach Markus Gisdol has whisked his team, minus the injured Pierre-Michel Lasogga, off to a training camp in Rotenburg.

"All I can say is that we will be very well prepared and very focused for this game," said Gisdol. "We need to get the fans behind us. They have always been there for us."

Wolfsburg need just a point to ensure their season does not go into extra-time, but coach Andries Jonker is taking nothing for granted. "We know that a draw is enough, but my team feel better when they play to win," he said. "It's going to be a beautiful game with a lot at stake."

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A win or draw for the Wolves would be greeted by sighs of relief elsewhere in Germany too. Barring an extremely unlikely combination of results, Mainz do not really need to worry, while Augsburg are as good as safe too. However, while the mathematics do not yet add up completely, it is worth knowing how they can still be sucked into 16th.

Augsburg coach Manuel Baum is ordering at least a point from his side's final game of the season in Sinsheim. © imago

If Augsburg or Mainz get a draw or win from their trips to Hoffenheim and Cologne respectively, they are safe. A defeat by one goal would be fine too, while a loss by two goals would also be enough, assuming Wolfsburg do not score more than one. However, if Augsburg lose by three goals and Wolfsburg lose by just one, it will be the Bavarians entering into the relegation play-off. So if Augsburg lose by a margin of two goals more than Wolfsburg lose to Hamburg, they will drop below the Wolves.

Jhon Cordoba cannot lay down and relax just yet, although something momentous would be needed to send Mainz down. © gettyimages

Thankfully from a Mainz perspective, the margin the Zerofivers would have to lose by to drop to 16th is ten goals, assuming the Wolves are beaten by just the one goal. After beating local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt last time out, Martin Schmidt's charges can breathe a little easier going into the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.

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