Friendly match: Poland - Netherlands
Undoubtedly, the most attractive fixture of the friendly matches scheduled for Wednesday will be the one between Poland and the Netherlands. After qualifying for the EURO 2016, the Poles have been excellent in their recent friendly games, which is why they are expected to be a tough opponents for the star-packed but still ailing Dutch who even failed to qualify for the European championship. Starting at 8:45 PM (CET), the friendly match between Poland and the Netherlands will be played at the PGE Arena in Gdansk, Poland.
The Polish national team have grown a great deal over the past years. The Poles were drawn into a tough Group D in the EURO 2016 qualifiers, together with Gibraltar, Georgia, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. The reigning world champions, the Germans met the expectations, claiming the top spot in the group but Poland were also successful with their campaign, clinching the runners-up spot just one point behind the Germans. The Poles have been heavily relying on their attacking star Lewandowski from Bayern Munich who has been in a stunning shape this year, scoring incredible 13 goals in the qualification. In preparation for the tournament, Poland have played four friendly matches so far and they have won them all. After beating Iceland (4:2), they bested the Czechs (3:1), defeated Serbia (1:0) and hammered Finland (5:0). In fact, Poland won six out of their last seven matches and they are confident they can produce yet another glorious victory in the upcoming duel against the Dutch.
The Holland national team have been in a completely different situation than their rivals. Although the Dutch still have a number of world-class players in their squad, they did unexpectedly miserable in the EURO 2016 qualification, ending up as low as in the fourth spot in the group behind the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey. Despite not having qualified for the tournament, BlindÃ‚Â´s team arranged mostly top-notch sides as their opponents for their friendly games. In the first friendly match after the qualifying failure, the Dutch bested Wales (3:2). In their next game, the Netherlands faced the EURO 2016 hosts France but not even the home advantage helped them produce a good result in the fixture as Oranjes lost 2:3 to their rivals. However, just a few days later, the Dutch pulled together, claiming quite an unexpected win (2:1) at England. In their last friendly encounter, the Netherlands took on Ireland who they held to a 1:1 draw. Let us see how the struggling Dutch cope with confident and dangerously in-form Poland.
The Gdansk stadium is about to witness a thrilling football clash as it will host the friendly game between Poland and Holland. The head-to-head matches statistics slightly favours the visitors and the individual quality is also on the Dutch side but the Poles have been in a much better form and they will be massively supported by their fans in the game, which suggests why are likely to be up for an exciting and tightly-fought duel. Which of these two teams will emerge as the winner of the match? Or will it result in a draw? We will know by Wednesday night.
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