The in-form visitors know that a victory at the BayArena will almost certainly see them finish as runner-up, but their fourth-place opponents desperately need all three points.
Jurgen Klopp will be keen to switch the focus back to on-field matters when his Borussia Dortmund side visits Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
The BVB boss was immediately installed as one of the favorites to take the vacant managerial position at Premier League outfit Manchester United, which dismissed David Moyes just 10 months into a six-year contract Tuesday. However, Klopp was quick to rule himself out of the running, expressing his loyalty to his current employers, with whom he signed a new contract until 2018 earlier this season.
The 46-year-old now prepares to take his side to the BayArena for a fixture that pits two sides that promised much but have failed to challenge in the Bundesliga this season. Both Dortmund and Leverkusen were earmarked as potential contenders to Bayern Munich's recent domestic dominance, yet both failed to produce a consistent fight as the Bavarians defended their title in record time.
Dortmund has shown drastic improvement in recent weeks, however, and heads to Leverkusen protecting a six-match unbeaten league run, which includes five victories.
Furthermore, Klopp's charges have guaranteed a spot in next season's Champions League as they can no longer finish lower than third — which yields automatic entry into the group stages.
Indeed, the club can secure second place should it pick up a point and Schalke — which is third — fail to beat Borussia Monchengladbach, while a win for Dortmund would all but secure a runner-up berth regardless due to a superior goal difference over Jens Keller's men.
As well as success in the league, Dortmund faces a DFB-Pokal final with rival Bayern Munich, and midfielder Nuri Sahin is hoping for a positive end to the campaign.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "It was important to secure automatic qualification (to the Champions League) as early as possible, and we are happy to have achieved that goal. Now we want to secure second place — and win the cup."
At one stage this season it appeared as though Leverkusen would be the team to claim second, but a poor run of form curtailed those hopes and saw coach Sami Hyypia lose his job following a 2-1 defeat at struggling Hamburg. Sascha Lewandowski — who coached with Hyypia last season before returning to work with the youth team — has subsequently taken the reins on a temporary basis and the team has responded with consecutive wins.
Most recently Leverkusen won 4-1 at Nuremberg, and it currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League spot. However, fifth-place Wolfsburg is just one point adrift with three games remaining and Lewandowski's men have no room for complacency as the season reaches its climax.
Leverkusen is without suspended fullback Giulio Donati, while Dortmund is without captain Sebastian Kehl, who was ruled out for two weeks with a groin injury, and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller could once again miss out with a similar problem.