Our match prediction:
Netherlands were on the verge of suffering a loss to Republic of Ireland in Friday’s friendly, but PSV attacker Luuk de Jong eventually scored a late equalizer for the Oranje and helped Danny Blind’s troops extend their unbeaten run to three games. Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals, but they want to be at the top of their game when they kick off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in September. The Oranje take on Poland in yet another friendly international and it remains to be seen if Adam Nawalka’s men are capable of extending their winning run to six games. A man to watch in the home side will be Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski and seeing that the hosts have been in a fine form in 2016, we predict that they will find the net in Wednesday’s football match. Netherlands scored 2+ goals in five of their last six games and, taking everything into account, the two teams should play out a high-scoring draw at Stadion Energa Gdanks.
Highligted Player (Blaszczykowski ):
Better known as “Kuba”, Jakub Blaszczykowski is a Polish midfielder, who has spent the majority of his career in German Bundesliga, and he has made over 75 appearances for the Polish national team. The highly rated midfielder represented KS Czestochowa and Wisla Krakow on domestic stage before joining Borussia Dortmund in February 2007, and little did he know that he would spend next decade at BVB. During his time with the Millionaires, Blaszczykowski established himself as one of Europe’s leading right wingers, winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching the Champions League final with Dortmund. The Poland international eventually lost his place in the side near the end of Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Signal-Iduna Park, and he later joined Fiorentina on loan in an attempt to kick-start his career. Kuba continues to play an important role for the Poland national team, with his return of 15 goals in first 75 caps pretty good for a midfielder. Blaszczykowski represented his country at the Euro 2012, but couldn’t help his side get past the group stage.
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.