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Poland vs Netherlands, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Volksparkstadion Stadium, Hamburg, Germany

Can Poland unrattle Netherlands?

  • Poland won three and drew two of their last five international matches
  • Netherlands won four and lost of the last five international matches
  • The Netherlands are undefeated in the last five head to head matches against Poland

Netherlands to win 2-1

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Volksparkstadion Stadium, Hamburg, Germany

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Euro 2024 kicks off for Poland with a tough opening match against the Netherlands in Group D, one of the most competitive and entertaining pools in the competition. France, a World Cup finalist with a formidable squad, is also in the group. With all teams boasting strength, every game in Group D will be a challenge. The opener against the Netherlands will set the tone for what promises to be an exciting campaign for Poland.  

Poland Preview

Poland, who just managed to squeeze past Moldova with a single point in the UEFA Euro Cup 2023-2024 qualifiers, enter the tournament as underdogs. In the qualifying round, Poland won three games, drew two, and lost three. Their first match is against an opponent they haven't had much success against in recent history. 

To make matters worse, an injury to their star striker, Robert Lewandowski, further weakens their attack. Despite this, Poland has a strong defensive core with players like Matty Cash, Jan Bednarek, Paweł Dawidowicz, Jakub Kiwior, and Przemyslaw Frankowski who can hold their own against the Netherlands' strikers. Karol Świderski will lead the charge on offense alongside Piotr Zieliński.

Poland Probable Starting XI: Wojciech Szczesny (GK), Jan Bednarek, Pawel Dawidowicz, Jakup Kiwior, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Piotr Zielinski, Jakub Piotrowski, Bartosz Slisz, Karol Swiderski, Krzysztof Piatek

Netherlands Preview

Netherlands, one of the strongest teams in Group D, finished second in group B in the UEFA Euro 2023-24 qualifiers, winning six of their eight matches and losing two. With France also in the group, every match is crucial for the Dutch, as a lapse in form could jeopardize their chances of finishing in the top two. 

The Dutch boasted a strong defense throughout the qualifiers, conceding only seven goals while ranking fourth in the competition for shots on target per game (18.20) and leading the way in blocked shots per game. Offensively, strikers Cody Gakpo and Wout Weghorst will lead the line, while Virgil van Dijk, Stefan de Vrij, and Nathan Aké provide solidity at the back. 

Netherlands Probable Starting XI: Bart Verbruggen (GK), Nathan Ake, Virgil Van Dijk, Stefan De Vrij, Joey Veerman, Ryan Gravenberch, Xavi Simons, Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst

Riding high on their recent form, the Netherlands enter the contest as slight favorites. However, despite the absence of their star striker Robert Lewandowski, Poland shouldn't be underestimated. Capable players like Karol Świderski and Krzysztof Piątek can still cause problems for the Dutch defense.  

Koeman is in the midst of rebuilding the Dutch squad, and he will need a solid defense that can transition quickly into counter-attacks against a potentially dangerous Polish side. Poland will back their offensive firepower to do the goal scoring, while the Netherlands will rely on a disciplined defense and swift attacking moves to take control of the game. Given their recent dominance over Poland, the Dutch enter the contest as favorites.

Netherlands to win 2-1

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Author: Neev Chopra