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The 40-year-old Sandro Schwarz is heading into his third season as the head coach of Mainz 05. The finished the last two seasons in the 14th and 12th position. Even though they lost their star Jean-Philippe Gbamin who joined Everton for a reported fee of £22.5 million, they have a young and talented squad.

They’ll face Kaiserslautern on 10 August 2019 in the first round of the DFB Cup and play on the first matchday of the upcoming Bundesliga season away against Freiburg. These are two doable tasks and especially against Kaiserslautern, everyone expects Mainz to go through to the next round – if you agree take a look at the Paddy Power promo codes and get yourself the very best odds.

This tactical analysis in the form of a season preview will look at the squad of Mainz and use their pre-season friendlies to predict how they might play in this upcoming season.

Squad and system

Beside Gbamin also the likes of Anthony Ujah, Giulio Donati, Gaëtan Bussmann and Gerrit Holtmann, and some other less important players left the club. Furthermore, René Adler and Niko Bungert both retired from football.

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