Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann will need to take three points from visitors VfL Bochum on Saturday as the defending Bundesliga champions look for their first league win in three games.
Banners declaring 'Klinsmann out!' were seen around the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night and the Bayern coach was booed during his side's 1-1 draw with Lyon in the UEFA Champions League.
Recent events have not gone Klinsmann's way since his summer arrival in Munich. Bayern took a 5-2 hammering from league rivals Werder Bremen on 20 September and were humbled 1-0 by struggling Hanover last weekend in the Bundesliga.
A second-half header from Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto gave them a Champions League point against Lyon in midweek, but with captain Mark van Bommel again left on the bench, all seems not to be well in Bayern's ranks.
Bochum have won just one game all season, but the pressure on Klinsmann will be immense should Bayern lose their third consecutive league match. Bayern defender Daniel van Buyten is still struggling with a knee injury, so Germany pair Tim Borowski or Lukas Podolski are set to feature in his place.
But Bochum have serious injury worries with five players out. Their coach Marcel Koller must do without central defender Anthar Yahia (suspended), captain Thomas Zdebel (ankle injury), plus a trio of knee injury victims Matthias Concha, Daniel Imhof and striker Vahid Hashemian. "I hope we are not the no-hopers everyone seems to have us down as," said Koller whose side have lost heavily to Bayern in their last two games.
In-form Werder Bremen are at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and looking to pick up their fourth straight league win to improve on their third place. Thomas Schaaf's side held Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw in Italy on Wednesday in the Champions League, and midfielder Mesut Oezil has impressed with three goals in two games.
Third-placed Bayer Leverkusen are up against Hertha Berlin with striker Patrick Helmes the league's joint top scorer with seven goals in six league games. Goalkeeper Rene Adler (flu) and Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta (heavy bruising) are expected to be fit for Bayer.
On Saturday, bottom side Borussia Moenchengladbach are at home to mid-table Cologne, while mid-table Hoffenheim are home to second from bottom Eintracht Frankfurt. League leaders Hamburg play at strugglers Energie Cottbus on Sunday, while Schalke 04 take on VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund host Hanover.