Hamburg hosts Wolfsburg with plenty on the line

Hamburg, Germany ( - Hamburg and Wolfsburg meet up at the HSH Nordbank Arena on Saturday with both sides seeking a crucial three points.

For Hamburg, the final four games of the Bundesliga campaign are about survival with the club sitting in the relegation playoff spot and one point from safety.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, is chasing a spot in the Champions League for next season and enters the weekend one point back of Bayer Leverkusen for the final place in Europe's premier club competition.

Hamburg owns one win from its last five games, and while the club is just one point from safety, it is equally close to falling into an automatic relegation spot with last-place Braunschweig sitting just two points back.

Starting with Wolfsburg, Hamburg's final four games are all against teams in the top half of the league, so points won't be easy to attain.

Wolfsburg has won three of its last four games, and of its final four opponents, three currently reside in the bottom half of the Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen is one point clear of Wolfsburg and travels to second-from- the-bottom Nurnberg on Sunday with the home side looking to escape the drop zone with a win.

Also on Sunday, Stuttgart entertains third-place Schalke with Stuttgart sitting one point above the bottom three, while Schalke resides seven points clear of fourth-place Leverkusen and is all but assured of a place in the Champions League for next season.

Braunschweig sits on the bottom of the league but is just three points from safety entering the weekend.

The club has earned seven points from its last four games but will be hosting champions Bayern Munich on Saturday with Bayern having lost its last two matches.

Second-place Borussia Dortmund holds a three-point lead on third-place Schalke and entertains Mainz, Hertha Berlin visits Augsburg, Freiburg is five points clear of the bottom three and takes on Monchengladbach, while Werder Bremen squares off with Hoffenheim.

Hannover began the weekend on Thursday with a 3-2 win at Eintracht as the club scored three times in the opening 30 minutes.