Poland and the Netherlands bring their Nations League campaigns to a close at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow on Wednesday night. Both countries will still hope to be in with a chance of reaching the finals of the tournament following their games at the weekend.
Where and when: Silesian Stadium – 18 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Poland vs. Netherlands: Sky Sports
Last time: A single goal from Steven Bergwijn on the hour mark was enough to hand the Netherlands a 1-0 victory at the Johan Cruyff Arena in early September.
Poland v Netherlands Predictions and Preview
This is a fixture which the Netherlands have dominated over the years. Poland haven’t recorded any form of victory over the Dutch since 1979, with Holland winning five of the nine meetings between the countries since a 2-1 defeat more than 40 years ago.
That includes victories for the Oranje in each of their last four matches against Poland, where they’ve scored nine times and conceded only three goals, and never more than one in a game. Despite losing to Holland two months ago though, Poland have enjoyed a strong Nations League campaign.
The Eagles entered the latest and final round of fixtures top of Group A1, leading Italy and Holland with seven points from their opening four games. That picture may look very different after Sunday’s fixtures, but it nevertheless shows that Poland are not to be taken lightly.
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Netherlands to win and BTTS
Netherlands to win 2-1
Lewandowski to score first
The White and Reds drew at home to Italy last month, while their defeat to Holland in September was their only loss in 11, prior to their away date with the Azzurri at the weekend. And don’t forget, they have one of the world’s top strikers leading their line.
Robert Lewandowski was surely set to win the Ballon d’Or before the award was controversially scrapped due to coronavirus, robbing the Bayern Munich forward of a significant personal gong. He would no doubt trade anything like that to lift a trophy as captain of his country though.
Poland may still have a chance to do that depending on how Sunday’s Group A1 fixtures pan out. However, even if the Eagles are still in with a chance of reaching the finals, their visitors on Wednesday will still start the game as the favourites to pick up the win.
The Netherlands are in a transitional period following Ronald Koeman’s departure to Barcelona, and they may be without captain Virgil van Dijk, but they still possess lots of quality throughout their squad. They have a lot of work to do this week, but they should pick up the victory in this game.
One to watch for Poland: Robert Lewandowski has started the new season in the same vein as he ended the last, scoring 14 goals in nine appearances for club and country prior to the latest international break. He’s always a threat to score, and to break the deadlock.
One to watch for Netherlands: Donny van de Beek has endured a frustrating start to life at Manchester United, but he’s looked excellent when handed the opportunity to play for the Old Trafford club. His performance here is sure to be scrutinised.
Long shot: Poland’s last victory over Holland was a 2-0 triumph on home soil in qualifying for the 1980 European Championship. If the Dutch have nothing to play for following the weekend’s results, perhaps this scoreline could be on the cards again. And why not add Lewandowski as the first goalscorer for even bigger odds?