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Champions League qualification set to be decided in the Bundesliga

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This weekend the final Champions League qualification place will be decided in the Bundesliga and three teams are still in contention for fourth spot. Bayer Leverkusen lead the race on 58 points but are closely followed by Wolfsburg on 57 and Borussia Monchengladbach on 55.

Here, we take a look at each team in the race four fourth spot...

Bayer Leverkusen:

Leverkusen are the favourites to seal the final spot as they take on Werder Bremen this weekend. If they win and Schalke lose then they will take third spot and this will grant them automatic access into the Champions League.

They go into Matchday 34 with just one defeat from their last seven games but sporting director Rudi Voller is aware that it is the final game that counts.

"The team showed they can cope with the pressure and also win the important matches." he said. "Now we've got to prove that one more time next week because it's not over yet."

Despite a 2-0 victory in their last match, Leverkusen played poorly and their goals - from Gonzalo Castro and Emre Can - were set up by some awful defending from hosts Frankfurt.

Stefan Kießling has continued from where he left off last year by extending his fine goal scoring form having netted 15 times for the club this year. However, Kießling won’t be available for the final game. It is likely that Eren Derdiyok will start alongside Castro this Saturday.

Last time Leverkusen played against Bremen they lost 1-0. Luckily fate is in their hands as a win seals their position.

VfL Wolfsburg:

Wolfsburg go into the final game on the back of 2-1 away win against Stuttgart and are preparing to face off against fellow Champions League contenders Gladbach this Saturday. If Leverkusen lose then this game will decide who gets the final shot in Europe.

The last time they qualified for the tournament was in 2009 when they won the German league but since then have been nowhere near the top four, having finished in the bottom 10 twice and eighth on two other occasions.

Ivica Olic may be a veteran striker, but he has still been consistent ans a crucial effort last weekend notched his total up to 14. Kevin De Buryne also thumped home a thunderbolt after a goalmouth scramble eventually fell to him outside the area.

The Chelsea outcast will be hoping to play an influential part again this weekend.

Borussia Monchengladbach:

It has been an even longer wait for top-flight European action for Gladbach. Although they reached the play-off round of the competition in 2012, they have never made it into the Champions League group stages.

The 1970s was the golden decade for the club as they qualified for the old version of the tournament - the European Cup - and won four German League titles.

In the past three years, the club has begun to ascend back to the top of German football and their win against Mainz last weekend kept the dream for a European place alive.

Goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen has been influential between the sticks but unfortunately wasn’t rewarded with a place in this year's World Cup squad. Striker Max Kruse - who picked up a cap earlier this year - also missed out.

Here are the possible scenarios for European qualification this weekend:

Bayer Leverkusen WIN or Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach DRAW then Leverkusen qualify.

Wolfsburg WIN and Leverkusen fail to win then they qualify. 

Borussia Monchengladbach WIN and Leverkusen LOSE then they will qualify on goal difference.

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