Tuesday's Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke will go a long way to deciding who comes second in this year's Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich's 23-point lead to second-placed Dortmund means that a win on Tuesday over Hertha Berlin will hand the Champions League holders the title.
If Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin they will have won the title with 7 games left. This will beat their previous record of 6 games— Football Facts (@Footy101Facts) March 24, 2014
Thus, this year's clash between second and third holds significance only in deciding the runners-up.
But that will not take away from this fiercely contested derby as both sides look to claim local bragging rights as well as a chance to secure their Champions League qualification as early as possible.
Read on for a full preview as well as all the relevant TV information and timings.
Venue: Signal Iduna Park
Date: Tuesday, 25 March
Time: 7 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET
TV Info: ESPN UK
Live Stream: BT Sport app
The race for second
Just one point separates these two sides with eight games left in the season. Dortmund hold the solitary-point lead currently, but a loss to Schalke would leave them playing catch-up.
However, a win for Jurgen Klopp's side would give them a comforting four-point cushion going into the end of the season.
And as reported on the Bundesliga website, Klopp is eager to claim the runner-up spot:
It's all about reaching the Champions League directly.
If we finish second, we'll have achieved that aim, as we'll have finished above every other team in the Bundesliga except one.
I think the home team always have a slight advantage in derbies, but I don't think [home advantage] has too much of an effect on the outcome of the game.
Last season's Champions League finalists, Dortmund, have had an inconsistent season in 2013/14.
What will be the result in the Revierderby?
Schalke finished 11 points behind their local rivals last season, but they have been much more competitive this term.
However, the reverse fixture back in October saw Klopp's side overcome the Royal Blues, 3-1.
While both sides come into this game after wins last time out, it is Schalke who have shown the better form over the last eight games.
Saturday saw Dortmund beat Hannover 3-0, while Jens Keller's side won 3-1 against bottom-of-the-table side Eintracht Braunschweig.
Injury problems for both
Schalke have considerable injury problems at the back.
Timo Hildebrand, Ralf Fahrmann, Benedikt Howedes, Christian Fuchs, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Felipe Santana, Atsuto Uchida and Jan Kirchhoff are all unavailable.
Klopp had kind words to say about some of Schalke's youngsters who will likely make up Schalke's injury-ravaged side on Tuesday.
As reported on the Bundelsiga website, he said:
They have some outstanding young talents.
Kaan Ayhan, Max Meyer and Julian Draxler have all been at the club a long time.
I remember watching Meyer play for the youth team - he was phenomenal! If it wasn't Schalke, it'd be quite fun watching them.
As noted by Bundesliga reporter Alex Chaffer, it was a refreshing change of attitude before such a derby:
Nice to see Klopp spoke kindly of Schalke's Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka and Kaan Ayhan. Rarely get that sort of talk before the derby.— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) March 24, 2014
Schalke will be able to call on the top scorer, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has 10 league goals for the season, per ESPNFC.
However, Marco Reus is fit as is Robert Lewandowski, who is playing in his last games for Dortmund before transferring to Bayern Munich in the summer.