In excess of 450,000 Borussia Dortmund fans applied for tickets for what has been dubbed "Germany's Clasico" as Bayern Munich arrive at Signal Iduna Park for Wednesday's clash between the Bundesliga's top two clubs.
Though Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are all in action in the Premier League, Spain boasts the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real and title-challengers Juventus take on Lazio in Serie A, Germany hosts the most highly-anticipated match of midweek with a potential title decider.
The match in Dortmund will be broadcast to over 200 countries and, with the hosts leading Bayern by three points at the top of the table, will be crucial in determining the destination of the Bundesliga trophy.
If Dortmund - unbeaten in a club record 23 league games - triumph in front of their 80,000 home fans then a six-point lead with only four games remaining will surely hand them a second successive league title.
However, if Champions League semi-finalists Bayern can extend their run of nine wins in a row in all competitions to go top on goal difference then Europe's most competitive elite league looks set to enjoy another thrilling conclusion to the season.
Bayern president Uli Hoeness recently said Bayern are going to triumph in a "war of attrition", drawing a withering response from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
"You don't win a game with psycho strategies. I just don't think it is possible so it bounces off us," Watzke said.
"Our players are cracking up laughing with this Bayern talk. Ours is a new generation of players who just love to play football and want to win the next match."
Dortmund could have brilliant young playmaker Mario Goetze available for the first time since he sustained a groin injury in January, while Bayern have their own international, Bastian Schweinsteiger, back to his best following a troublesome knee injury.
Though Bayern are of course the established force in German football, as our infographic below demonstrates, Dortmund are a stylish and accomplished young side. As Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says: "it's going to be a clash of footballing cultures."
Opta match facts
For the first time ever, Dortmund have celebrated three straight Bundesliga wins over Bayern. Only one team has managed four so far (Bremen, between 1991 and 93).
Over the course of the last 18 seasons, only two teams have managed to win more than one Bundesliga title: Bayern (10) and Dortmund (four).
Dortmund have picked up just as many points after 29 games as last season (66), a superior goal difference means they're enjoying their best-ever Bundesliga season at this stage.
Dortmund are unbeaten in a club record 23 Bundesliga games (18 wins, five draws). The last team with a longer unbeaten run was Leverkusen in 2009/10 (24 games).
Bayern are unbeaten in nine competitive games (eight wins including a DFB Cup semi-final triumph on penalties).
Bayern (69 goals) and Dortmund (66) are the Bundesliga's most prolific teams.
Dortmund are the most successful first-half team, while Bayern have profited most after the break (61 points each).
Munich have won 33 out of 34 competitive games in which they have taken the lead this season, with the 1-1 draw against Napoli (Champions League) the only exception.
Mario Gomez leads the goal-scoring charts with 25 goals (more than he has ever scored after 29 games).
Bayern have won all 22 competitive games Gomez has scored in this season.
Dortmund's Polish trio Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek have been directly involved in 43 of Dortmund's 66 goals (65%).
If selected, Dortmund's Sebastian Kehl will play his 250th Bundesliga game.
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