Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Johan Cruijff Arena when Netherlands and Poland face each other in the UEFA Nations League derby. The Oranje were producing fine displays in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, and, as a result, they will take part at the next year’s showpiece tournament. Feyenoord midfielder Leroy Fer and Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul return to the squad, while the likes of Daley Blind, Calvin Stengs, Myron Boadu, Davy Propper, Tonny Vilhena, Patrick van Aanholt, Wout Weghorst and Jeroen Zoet have been left out of the team.
Poland, on the other hand, impressed in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the team finishing the process in top position in Group G. However, away win should not be considered as Bayern Munchen star attacker Robert Lewandowski has been given a rest following his appearance in the Champions League final. In his absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski.
Highlighted Player (Memphis Depay):
Memphis Depay is a Dutch winger who started his professional career at PSV Eindhoven. During the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign the pacey footballer was on Manchester United’s radar and on June 12, 2015 the Premier League club confirmed the signing of the Dutchman. Many people expected that he would impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, but the former PSV ace played below expectations for the Red Devils, scoring only two goals (one assist) during the season.
After playing only for league games for Man Utd in the 2016/2017 season, Memphis Depay was sold to Olympique Lyon on January 20, 2017. Depay signed a four-and-a-half year deal with les Gones for a fee of around £16 million. The Dutch winger was producing fine performances for Lyon in the 2016/2017 season; he scored five goals for the club, while providing eight assists for his teammates.
Memphis Depay made his senior debut for Netherlands on October 15, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Turkey. Depay did well to win the 2011 European Championship with Netherlands U17 team.
Highlighted Team (Poland):
Poland have recently emerged as one of Europe’s top sides, although they did enjoy some success during the 70’s and 80’s. The White Eagles impressed to achieve third-place finish at the 1974 and 1982 World Cup tournaments, while they also win the 1972 Olympics, albeit with an amateur side.
Poland started showing improvement at the turn of the century, slowly becoming regular at major tournaments and they even co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Ukraine, but disappointed home fans to crash out in the group stage. The new generation, boasting players like Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukas Piszczek, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jakub Blaszczykowski, has the potential to help the national team return to old glory days, with some talented players also coming through the youth ranks.
Zbigniew Boniek, Wlodzimierz Lubanski and Grzegorz Lato are some of the other players who have impressed playing for the national team, which has been playing their home games at the National Stadium in Warsaw.