Schalke vs Paderborn predicted XI: Lopsided would be nice

Schalke 04, David Wagner (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The big question here is what Wagner will do at fullback. With Caligiuri and Kenny both out, we’re going to need the more experienced Bastian Oczipka to slide over and hold down the right flank. He’s been tremendous on the left, so it’s perfectly safe to feel confident that he can replicate on the right-hand side.

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Which means that on the left, Juan Miranda will get another shot. He provided excellent support in the attack in the DFB-Pokal Cup, which was wonderful to see.

In the center, there’s no need to change things up. Jean-Clair Todibo got his debut midweek but lasted only 45 minutes before being subbed. As such, it’s unlikely that anything will change for Saturday. Expect our dynamic duo of Ozan Kabak and Matija Nastasic to keep their roles, as they rightfully should.

If ever there was a match to be confident of a clean sheet, this is one. All signs point to a big performance here, and this defense will be key in keeping us safe while the attack chips away.

Moving on to the midfield.