Final Score: Poland 0 – 2 Netherlands
Poland Vs Netherlands preview
Czesław Michniewicz’s Poland will fight to survive in UEFA Nations League A (UNL) and want to achieve that survival with a win in this match. With his main player Robert Lewandowski in big time at Barcelona, Michniewicz hopes his star can replicate that form with the Polish jersey to help his nation secure a safe place in the table in Warsaw after failing against the Netherlands (2-2) in a game in which Poland missed a two-goal lead.
Poland’s unl form has been unflashy, with only two wins in seven games since the inaugural edition counts with (1 draw and 4 losses). One such win was against the lowest ranked team they faced, number 57 in the rankings, Bosnia, while the only point at home against a top 10 ranked nation was a goalless draw against Italy. Thus, securing victory in this game seems to be a difficult task.
After an unbeaten start in this UNL campaign (3 wins and 1 draw), the Netherlands are close to a second appearance in the UNL final and know that a win in this match, along with a result that does not involve a belgium triumph, would saddle that goal. Although Louis van Gaal has previously criticised the competition, the Netherlands have taken UNL seriously, losing only one of the last ten unl group stage matches
including three consecutive wins in the latest UEFA international competition.
Now undefeated in 13 international matches, their best streak since a 17-game series between 2012-13, the orange-mechanic will travel to Warsaw with maximum confidence. They would expect them to fight to the end to maintain this unbeaten streak, with the two goals that have been worth victories in the last three games coming in time for compensation, and even missed a 91st-minute penaltie against Poland!
Players to Watch:
Lewandowski is already on the double-digit mark after just eight games in Barcelona (11 goals) and now hopes to record his first ever win against the Netherlands after the previous two ended in 2-1 defeats.
As for The Clockwork Orange, Memphis Depay missed a penalty that could have given poland a win, but scored three goals in the same number of games in the UNL this year.
Poland have won just three of their last 18 games against the Netherlands (3-7 draws, 8 losses) and this record includes an 11-game unbeaten streak that continues to this day.
Our Pick: Netherlands Win