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Sep 4, 2020 at 7.45pm UK at Johan Cruijff Arena
NetherlandsNetherlands
1-0
PolandPoland
Bergwijn (61')
de Roon (71'), Depay (74'), de Jong (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Piatek (21'), Klich (33'), Jozwiak (56'), Glik (63'), Bednarek (90+1')

Preview: Netherlands vs. Poland - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's UEFA Nations League clash between the Netherlands and Poland, including team news and predicted lineups.

The Netherlands will open their UEFA Nations League Group 1 campaign with a clash against Poland in Amsterdam on Friday night.

Ronald Koeman's departure to take charge of Barcelona has seen Dwight Lodeweges appointed the nation's caretaker manager, and the 62-year-old will be determined to pick up a positive result on home soil.


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Netherlands' Memphis Depay celebrates scoring their third goal with teammates© Reuters

Drawn in Group 1 of League A, the Netherlands face a tough assignment in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League, with Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina making up a difficult section alongside a dangerous Poland outfit.

Holland actually reached the final of the 2018-19 competition, ultimately losing 1-0 to Portugal in the final, with Goncalo Guedes's second-half strike providing the difference between the two sides in Porto.

Oranje were in impressive form during qualification for Euro 2020, winning six of their eight matches and suffering just one defeat to finish second in Group C behind Germany.

Koeman led the Netherlands to five wins from their final six European qualification matches, and they will be present in next summer's finals, having surprisingly missed out four years ago in France.

The home side have actually only lost three of their previous 15 matches against Poland in all competitions, recording six wins in the process, including victories in their last three encounters.

Krzysztof Piatek celebrates scoring for Poland on October 11, 2018© Reuters

Poland, meanwhile, have also already qualified for next summer's European Championships, winning eight of their 10 Group G matches to finish top of the section, six points clear of second-placed Austria.

Jerzy Brzeczek's side are yet to win a UEFA Nations League game, though, losing two and drawing two of their four previous games against Italy and Portugal in the 2018-19 edition.

That said, there is no question that Poland are a side to be taken seriously, having suffered just one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions, picking up eight victories in the process.

The White and Reds face another tough group in this competition, but a positive result against the Netherlands on Friday would lead them nicely into next week's clash against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Netherlands Nations League form: WWDWL
Netherlands form (all competitions): WWWWDW

Poland Nations League form: DLLD
Poland form (all competitions): LDWWWW


Team News

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates winning the Champions League on August 23, 2020© Reuters

There will be some notable absentees for the Netherlands in this game with Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt on the sidelines following shoulder surgery, while the likes of Daley Blind, Davy Propper and Tonny Vilhena will not be involved in the nation's next two matches.

Stefan de Vrij should join Virgil van Dijk in central defence, while Marten de Roon is likely to get the nod alongside Frenkie de Jong in midfield, with Georginio Wijnaldum featuring slightly further forward.

Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong are certain to start in the final third, and Ryan Babel will hope to get the call over the likes of Quincy Promes and Steven Bergwijn in an attacking spot.

New Manchester City defender Nathan Ake could also feature at left-back, but Donny van de Beek, who is closing in on a move to Manchester United, is likely to start on the bench.

As for Poland, the absence of Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is the main talking point, with the centre-forward given an extended rest following the Champions League final.

Lewandowski scored 55 times in 47 appearances at club level last term, while he has netted 61 goals in 112 outings for Poland and will be a huge miss for the visitors on Friday night.

In the captain's absence, Krzysztof Piatek should start through the middle, while Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski and Sebastian Szymanski are likely to feature in forward positions.

Southampton's Jan Bednarek is in line for another start at the back, but Leeds United's Mateusz Klich and Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik are both expected to be named on the bench.

Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Cillessen; Dumfries, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake; De Roon, F. de Jong; Babel, Wijnaldum, Depay; L. de Jong

Poland possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Karbownik; Goralski, Krychowiak; Szymanski, Zielinski, Grosicki; Piatek


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We say: Netherlands 2-1 Poland

This is a very, very difficult game to predict as Poland cannot be taken lightly due to their experience and quality across the field. The Netherlands were in impressive form in the latter stages of 2019, though, and we fancy the hosts to just edge a close encounter on Friday night.



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Friday's key events


HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

BOXING
· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

DIVING
· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

CYCLING
· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

FOOTBALL
· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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