Poland has to beat the Netherlands in order to stay in the race for the top spot in group 4 of the UEFA Nations League A division. But not only that, Czesław Michniewicz’s unit needs to take three points in this one and avoid potential complications regarding the relegation because Wales is just three steps behind. On the other hand, Oranje would like to stay unbeaten here and preserve first place in the group. So basically, three points are more or less necessity for either unit. UNL is a very dramatic and exciting competition, and it isn’t odd to see scenarios like this one.
Poland (+250) won the opener against Wales, and after that had two very unpleasant experiences, both against Belgium. The first was in Brussels, where Michniewicz’s unit lost 6-1, and after that, at home against the same rival, 0-1. In between, they played 2-2 on the road in the Netherlands, giving them some hope before this event.
The Poles are at the World Cup in Qatar, after the playoffs in which they defeated Sweden in the finals, 2-1. They had a solid run during the qualifiers, finishing behind England in their group.
They are a hard-working side, with Robert Lewandowski as the biggest star. Barcelona’s striker and one of the best in the world is the tip of the spear of this team which works entirely for the robust forward.
Netherlands (+100) is without a defeat for the last 13 games, with the last one being in the EURO Round of 16. They would win nine of them, three in the UEFA Nations League. The opener was stunning, with Oranje demolishing Belgium on the road, 1-4, then they beat Wales on the road, 1-2, before a 2-2 draw at home vs. Poland.
The latest win was over Wales, 3-2, and that was the sixth consecutive event in which we saw Oranje both scoring and conceding. The efficiency of the events is high, and five of those six mentioned above were with three or more goals. Four of them saw four or more hits.
This is a team with very good chemistry because all the players know one another very well as they have been playing for a long time. The Netherlands has an aggressive and attacking-minded philosophy of play, relentless in both directions, which is why we see plenty of goals in their contests.
For the moment, there isn’t any notable news that could affect the game or our pick.
Head to Head Games
The first meeting in UNL ended 2-2 at the Amsterdam Arena. Prior to that one, we saw these two squaring off in the UNL back in 2020, and back then, Oranje had more success, winning both games, 1-0 at home and 1-2 on the road.
The hosts haven’t got too many options here. That is, they don’t have any but one, which is to be aggressive and try to win. Of course, the Dutch side will accept such a challenge, so we predict at least three goals here. Poland knows how to score, but their defense hasn’t been that great. The Netherlands has a superb attack that covers up for all the mistakes in the back line. Therefore, three goals are a must.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -110
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