Any lingering hopes Bayern Munich have of retaining the Bundesliga title rest on winning at home to Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Naohiro Takahara struck twice to lead Eintracht Frankfurt through to the semi-finals of the German Cup in a 3-0 derby win away to Kickers Offenbach on Tuesday.
VfB Stuttgart enjoy the rare luxury of a home tie in the German Cup, more than five years on from their last, when they stay on the trail of a domestic double with a quarter-final against Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.
Schalke 04 won 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday to move three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and leave Bayern Munich trailing by six points.
Bayern Munich will be high on confidence even without much-needed reinforcements when they they resume their campaign for a third successive Bundesliga title away to Dortmund.
A clock built into Hamburg SV's AOL Arena counts up second by second the time from the afternoon of Aug. 24, 1963 and stands as testament to a unique record in German football.
Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen need to show they have the stamina of champions as well as the skill when they face Borussia Dortmund. Werder look the most likely side to depose Bayern.
Bayern Munich could do with a touch of their Champions League luck in the Bundesliga when they face Schalke 04 at their least favourite ground on Sunday.
A Bayern Munich side beaten three times already this season look suddenly vulnerable as they prepare to host Kaiserslautern in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday (1830 GMT).
Argentine striker Christian Gimenez scored twice to send Hertha Berlin top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at home to Schalke 04 on Sunday.
Roy Makaay and Philipp Lahm earned below-par Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at promoted Bochum, giving the Bundesliga champions a share of the early lead with a maximum six points.
The German habit of stringing long lists of words together is hardly an endearing feature of the language but there is at least one compound noun that should raise a smile for neutral football fans.
Hertha Berlin held visiting Bayern Munich to a goalless draw in the Bundesliga on Tuesday, offering a glimmer of hope to the chasing sides in Germany, with Oliver Kahn the star.
Roy Makaay struck an eye-catching double and Michael Ballack added a free kick to give Bayern Munich a 3-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach as they returned to Bundesliga duties on Friday.
Newly inspired Werder Bremen are convinced they can end Bayern Munich's perfect record at the Allianz Arena on Saturday and take the Bundesliga leadership back home with them.
Eintracht Frankfurt demolished Schalke 04 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the German Cup on a night of humiliation for last season's beaten finalists.