Schalke vs Mainz predicted XI: Get the result you need

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FC Schalke 04, Jean-Clair Todibo
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There are a lot of injuries here. Five of the injured mass are defenders, four of whom would absolutely be starting if healthy. Which means that Wagner will have very little recourse but to piece together a defense that he can only hope will retain the fantastic form that his defense has kept all year.

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Thankfully, I have a lot of faith that he can do just that. We still have Bastian Oczipka manning the left side, which alleviates all stress over there. So hooray for that.

On the right, I hope it’s Timo Becker that gets another look, rather than mixing in two leftbacks. If Jonjoe Kenny really is leaving, we need to start figuring out if Becker is the heir apparent or if we need to invest elsewhere. Becker started against Paderborn and it’s not like he was that bad. He only had one embarrassing moment where I wasn’t sure what he hoped to accomplish. But nothing detrimental.

In the center, I’m excited to see Jean-Clair Todibo given his first start in Kabak’s absence. Todibo showed all the composure in the world in his 50+ minutes against Paderborn, but his first full 90 minutes will say a lot.

And lastly, the new anchor, Matija Nastasic.

On to the midfield.