Poland are set to face the Netherlands at PGE Narodowy on Thursday in the UEFA Nations League.
Poland come into this fixture after a 1-0 loss to Roberto Martinez’s Belgium in their last game. A first-half goal from Fenerbahce striker Michy Batshuayi secured victory for Belgium.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, beat Rob Page’s Wales 3-2 in their last game. Goals from Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gakpo and Barcelona striker Memphis Depay sealed victory for Louis van Gaal’s side. Goals from Nottingham Forest striker Brennan Johnson and Los Angeles FC striker Gareth Bale proved to be mere consolation for Wales.
Head to head Poland vs Netherlands
In 18 head-to-head meetings between the two teams, the Netherlands hold a clear advantage. They have won eight games, lost three and drawn seven.
The two countries last faced each other earlier this year, with the match ending in a 2-2 draw. Goals from Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash and Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski for Poland were canceled out by goals from Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen and right-back Inter Milan Denzel Dumfries for the Netherlands.
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Poland vs Netherlands Team News
Polish coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has named Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, Aston Villa centre-back Jan Bednarek and Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski to the squad. Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich, Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski and Juventus striker Arkadiusz Milik are also part of the Polish squad.
There could be potential debuts for Pogon Szczecin midfielder Mateusz Legowski, Ludogorets Razgrad midfielder Jakub Piotrowski and Lech Poznan winger Michal Skoras. Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash is injured.
Injured: Matty Cash
Meanwhile, the Netherlands have named Bayern Munich centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Manchester United left-back Tyrell Malacia in a strong defense. The Atalanta midfield duo of Marten de Roon and Teun Koopmeiners and Ajax stars like Jurrien Timber, Daley Blind, Steven Berghuis and Steven Bergwijn have also been called up.
There could be potential debuts for Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer and midfielder Kenneth Taylor. Roma midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is injured.
Injured: Georginio Wijnaldum
Poland vs Netherlands Predicted XI
Poland Predicted XI (5-3-2): Wojciech Szczesny, Bartosz Bereszynski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior, Nicola Zalewski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Karol Linetty, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski
Netherlands predicted XI (4-3-3): Jasper Cillessen, Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Daley Blind, Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon, Davy Klaassen, Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn
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Prediction Poland vs Netherlands
It is difficult to see beyond a single name for Poland, as has been the case in recent years. Robert Lewandowski has taken his incredible form from Bayern Munich to Barcelona, and the 34-year-old will be his country’s key player.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, have a stable of international stars. There could be some concern over the form of Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt heading into the international break, while star striker Memphis Depay has seen his importance reduced for Barcelona following Lewandowski’s arrival.
We hope the Netherlands will win this game.
Prediction: Poland 1-3 Netherlands