With Eintracht Braunschweig already secure of a place in the 2.Bundesliga next season, there are only two spots up for grabs. The second automatic place looks certain to go to Hansa Rostock (70 pts), who just need a point away at Bayern Munich II to be promoted.
It is 3rd place, and with it the play-off against 16th in the 2.Bundesliga, that is most intriguing. Current occupants Wehen Wiesbaden (58 pts) host 5th place Rot-Weiβ Erfurt (55 pts) in perhaps the most mouth-watering game of the day.
The other two games at this end that will have implications are Dynamo Dresden (6th, 55 pts) vs SpVgg Unterhaching and Eintracht Braunschweig (who could go a long way to securing the title with a win, 1st, 75 pts) vs Kickers Offenbach (4th, 57 pts).
At the foot of the table there’s an equally heated battle. Bayern Munich II (20th, 23 pts) have had a dismal season and dropped on Wednesday night following defeat at Erfurt. Werder Bremen II (19th, 32 pts) are odds on to hit the Regionalligas too, although even defeat on Saturday at Saarbrücken would not see them fall this weekend.
As with the top, the third spot is far more intriguing. Three teams (incumbent Rot-Weiβ Ahlen, Wacker Burghausen and VfR Aalen) sit on 36 points with similar goal differences, whilst Carl Zeiss Jena look nervously over their collective shoulder only a point better off with a significantly worse goal difference. CZ Jena could actually find themselves wake up on Sunday in the relegation zone should they lose the huge six-pointer with Burghausen, and both VfR Aalen (at Jahn Regensburg) and Rot-Weiβ Ahlen (at Stuttgart II) pick up away points.
With only seven teams in no danger of going up or down, it’s certain to be a thrilling end to only the third season of the 3.Liga.
All games take place on Saturday 23rd April at 1pm (UK time).