Schalke vs Paderborn predicted XI: Lopsided would be nice

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Another area of concern, since both Suat Serdar and Weston McKennie are injured. Serdar had to be subbed off against Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga and thus missed the DFB-Pokal Cup. His injury seemed a bit more serious than Weston McKennie’s. McKennie finished the midweek match limping, but he’s a trooper.

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As such, if either is going to be ready, I’d wager on McKennie being the one to get the green light, and that’s what I’ll predict here. McKennie to start on the right side of the midfield in support of the fill-in rightback.

In the middle, Omar Mascarell will keep his position as midfield sweeper/centerback. He’s always where he needs to be, one of then most reliable guys in the league. It’s nice to be able to count on him every match.

Lastly, with Serdar a doubt, I would like to see Alessandro Schopf back in the starting XI. There’s still so much untapped potential in the Austrian and I’m hoping that more game time can get him back into the form that we’ve only ever glimpsed before.

Last but never least, let’s move on to the attack.