Netherlands vs. Poland 9/4/20 UEFA Nations League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
9/4/20 2:45 pm
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Netherlands is welcoming Poland to Johan Cruyff Arena in round 1 in the UEFA Nations League.
Netherlands has been playing well in the Euro Cup qualifications, and they did qualify for the Euro Cup, but they have done it from the second place in their group. Netherlands has won 19 points, scored 24 goals while conceding 7 goals. Netherlands ended up in second place, 2 points behind Germany. In their last match against Estonia at home, Netherlands has had 65% of ball possession, 14 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and high 91% of the correct passes. Netherlands has won this match 5-0. This will be Ronald Koeman’s final game as the Netherlands head coach before he leaves for Barcelona. There is so much talent in this Netherlands roster starting with Depay and Bergwijn in the attacking end, De Jong and Donny van de Beek from Barcelona and Manchester United in the midfield, and Van Dijk and De Vrij from Liverpool and Inter. Netherlands is the weakest in the goalkeeping position, but Cillessen is a decent goalkeeper and he always did well when needed the most. Netherlands is in the 14th place in the FIFA standings, and they will be one of the biggest favorites to win the Euro Cup next year.
Poland is a great team, and they have the best striker in the world in their roster, Robert Lewandowski. With only 1 loss in their 11 games, Poland was in great form before the pandemic. With 25 points, 18 scored goals, and only 5 conceded goals, Poland has won their group in the Euro Cup qualifications. Poland will be playing in Group E in the Euro Cup next year with Sweden, Spain, while the fourth opponent will be determined. In their last match against Slovenia at home, Poland was the better team with 58% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, and a solid 83% of the correct passes. Poland has won this match 3-2. Poland is in 19th place in the FIFA standings, and they absolutely deserve to be there, perhaps even higher. Brzeczek has been Poland’s head coach since July of 2018, and under his reign, Poland has improved drastically. There will be no Lewandowski for this matchup, but Poland still has Milik and Piatek in the attacking end. There are more great players in Poland’s roster, and I think Poland might be the dark horse of the Euro Cup if they continue playing this well.
The trends are pretty even in this matchup, but the Netherlands is coming into this game with a better roster and more quality on the bench. If Lewandowski was here, I would consider giving Poland a look here, but without him, Poland is just an average team. Netherlands reached the finals of this competition last year, and they will certainly look to do so once again. I will take Netherlands at home.