Netherlands head to Poland on Wednesday still with a chance of reaching the final four of the UEFA Nations League. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Frank de Boer finally got his first win as Netherlands boss on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

That result leaves Netherlands with a chance of topping the group, but they must defeat Poland and hope that Italy cannot win in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Poland themselves still have a chance of reaching the next round if they win, and they will be keen to bounce back after they were soundly beaten 2-0 by Italy at the weekend.

The clash on Wednesday is Netherlands final international of the year with the national team next together in March ahead of Euro 2020.

Team News

Netherlands head to Poland without Ryan Babel after his positive corona test at the weekend.

Frank de Boer has told the press he will make changes for the clash against Poland as he wants fresh legs. Calvin Stengs and Donyell Malen are two of the options for the attack, while Donny Van de Beek could come into the midfield.

Ryan Gravenberch and Sven Botman will be hoping to come on for their debuts.

Possible Netherlands line-up: Krul, Hateboer, Wijndal, De Vrij, Blind, Klaassen, Frenkie, Wijnaldum, Stengs, Memphis, Malen

Poland may be without star striker Robert Lewandowski for the clash, meaning former Ajax striker Arkaduisz Milik could start. Jacez Goralski is unavailable after being sent-off against Italy.

Possible Poland line-up: Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca; Krychowiak, Moder; Szymanski, Linetty, Grosicki, Milik

Odds

Poland 11/4 Draw 13/5 Netherlands 10/11

Previous Meetings

Netherlands and Poland have previously met 16 times before with Oranje coming out on top in seven of those, while six have ended in draws.

Netherlands have won the last four meetings in a row including a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture back in September.

Can Netherlands end the year with a victory?

The 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina will be a big relief for Netherlands and Frank de Boer, but Poland will be a much tougher task.

Bosnia created a number of chances on Sunday and the Netherlands defence will need to be much more switched on if they are to achieve a good result on Wednesday.

Up front, Memphis is in great form and he can lead Netherlands to another victory, but they need Luuk de Jong to be more involved if he is chosen to start.

De Boer will be gaining more confidence if Netherlands can achieve another victory, which in the end could earn them another semi-final spot in the Nations League. However, should Italy defeat Bosnia then the result in Poland doesn’t matter.

A win, a good solid performance, and debuts for Gravenberch and Botman would be a great way to end the year for Netherlands as Euro 2020 gets closer and closer.




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