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What to watch out for on Matchday 32 in the Bundesliga

Third meets fourth in the Bundesliga this weekend as the battle for Champions League and at the bottom heats up. Here are three things to watch out for on Matchday 32.

Champions League tussle

Even though Germany's top four positions are secured, the order is still to be decided. The all-important third position secures automatic qualification for the Champions League, while fourth entails a difficult playoff against one of the other high finishers in Europe's top leagues. So, for Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim, there's an enormous amount at stake in Saturday's game.

Nine games in 29 days is much to handle for any club, but Thomas Tuchel has done remarkably well to navigate the aftermath of the attack on Dortmund's team bus, whilst keeping the yellow and blacks in competitive shape. His side fell a point behind Hoffenheim after a goalless draw against Cologne. "We still have it in our own hands," said the Dortmund coach. But Hoffenheim, coached by the impressive Julian Nagelsmann, are without a defeat in 11 matches and haven't lost to Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund this season.

A win for Nagelsmann over his former colleague Tuchel would all-but secure third place for Hoffenheim.

Groundhog day in Hamburg

Fußball Bundesliga Hamburger SV - FC Augsburg (Imago)

Hamburg play Mainz, Schalke and Wolfsburg in the final three games

Hamburg suffered a rude awakening last week, with a 4-0 defeat to Augsburg plunging the northern Germans back into a nail-biting relegation battle. With three games left, this is the most precarious position the club has been in - despite winning two of the last three relegation playoffs. Markus Gisdol has planned a training camp ahead of Sunday's visit of fellow strugglers Mainz, while three players - Johan Djourou, Ashton Götz and Nabil Bahoui - were suspended.

Gisdol, who was appointed in October, has made great progress in Hamburg, the northern Germans even managing a run of 10 games at home without a defeat. The Augsburg defeat seems to have sucked the confidence and belief out of the squad at the worst time. Before the season's out, Hamburg will take on Mainz, Schalke and Wolfsburg, a collection of six-pointers in the relegation battle.

A win for either side would add some air between them and relegation, but given the precariousness of the situation, there will be plenty of twists and turns before the summer.

Cologne vs. Werder Bremen (Friday 2030 CEST)

Bayern Munich vs. Darmstadt (Saturday 1530 CEST)

Borussia Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim

Borussia Mönchngladbach vs. Augsburg

Ingolstadt vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg

Hertha Berlin vs. RB Leipzig (Saturday 1830 CEST)

Hamburg vs. Mainz (Sunday 1530 CEST)

Freiburg vs. Schalke (1730 CEST)

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