Poland and Netherlands go head to head in an international friendly on Wednesday as Adam Nawalka’s men begin their final preparations for Euro 2016 finals against the team who missed out on their French visa following a disappointing qualifying campaign.
Can Poland make it six on the trot?
A highly successful period is behind Poland, who managed to win their last five matches, including their final Euro 2016 qualifying game against Ireland. Adam Nawalka’s men have been in impressive form which saw them lose only one of their last 18 matches and Poland are heading to Wednesday’s match against Netherlands eager to make it six on the bounce. Poland have scored an average of three goals in each of their last five matches with Robert Lewandowski maintaining his scoring form with a goal every 81 minutes. Netherlands will be a suitable rival for the team which will be vying against Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland in Group C at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. Prior to the game against Netherlands Poland head coach Nawalka announced his final Euro 2016 roster and is expected to go full strength against the Dutch in order to get the clearer picture of his team’s strength ahead of the final showpiece.
Przemyslaw Tyton, Pawel Dawidowicz and Artur Sobiech have not been included in the 23-man squad, while Adam Nawalka will also be without Pawel Wszolek and Maciej Rybus both sidelined with injuries.
Netherlands set sight on Russia
Having missed out on Euro 2016 place following a disastrous qualifying campaign, Netherlands will be using the encounter with Poland to prepare the best way possible for 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Dutch have endured erratic form in 2015 and 2016 as they failed to find consistency with three games played since the turn of the year. The 3-2 defeat to France in March was followed by a 2-1 over England, while Danny Blind’s men managed only a 1-1 draw last week at Ireland. Netherlands will be looking to record a win over Euro 2016 participants on Wednesday before taking on Austria in Wienna on Saturday, but Netherlands head coach Blind will first of all be looking to explore options and give a run in to as many of his players as he can. Netherlands and Poland have so far met 14 times with the Dutch holding an upper hand with five victories to Poland’s three.
Netherlands travel to Poland with almost a full squad. Manchester United defender Daley Blind is struggling with fitness after he picked up a knock in his team’s FA Cup final and he won’t be risked against Poland.
Poland are gearing up for the long-awaited Euro 2016 and will be keen to make an impression against Netherlands and record their sixth consecutive win. Hosts have been practicing set pieces as they look to exploit the aerial presence of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and I see great value in betting on hosts against the indisposed Dutch, who are coming to Poland keen to test as many options as they can ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Top pick: Home win 2.55 (31/20) @BetVictor
Alternative pick 1: Poland to win both halves 8.50 (15/2) @888sport
Alternative pick 2: Lewandowski to score anytime 2.10 (11/10) @Bet365