Poland - the Netherlands Preview: Oranje a perfect pre-Euro test for Adam Nawalka's men

The Dutch haven't qualified for this month's Euros, but they will be a tough match nonetheless for the Group C nation.

Poland - the Netherlands Preview: Oranje a perfect pre-Euro test for Adam Nawalka's men
Poland will be looking to head to France in form, so will be eyeing up positive results from Wednesday's game. (Photo: UEFA)

Less than two weeks away from their first group game against Northern Ireland, Poland have bagged themselves an ideal warm-up friendly as they welcome the Netherlands to Gdańsk.

Arguably the best nation not to qualify for Euro 2016, the Dutch absolutely capitulated in qualifying, but they are no doubt a talented side that Biało-czerwoni can test themselves against.

The Polish have a tough group in France, featuring the aforementioned Northern Ireland, Ukraine and world champions Germany, and so Wednesday's opponents are a great choice in order to ready themselves for what lies ahead.

Head to head

Somewhat surprisingly, it's been 16 years since these two last met. Even that was a friendly, with them not regularly crossing paths in qualification for tournaments at all - or not recently anyway.

Their last competitive meeting came back in 1993, with the Netherlands 3-1 winners in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier - the same score the friendly resulted in back in 2000.

One would have to go all the way back to 1979 for Poland's last win over the Oranje - that ending 2-0 in a qualifier for the 1980 Euros in Italy.

Former Juventus and Roma attacker Zbigniew Boniek opened the scoring, while the late Włodzimierz Mazur doubled that lead from the spot in the second half - one of just three goals he scored for his country in 23 appearances.

The fixture's lack of recent history makes it an even more intriguing match up, with the clashing of many of Europe's top players only adding to that.

Tough opposition

The Oranje may not be readying themselves to travel to France this summer, but they have a very talented squad.

With plenty having changed after, and as a result of, a horrific qualifying campaign, they will be keen to prove themselves to the rest of the world again too, even if it's only in a friendly.

Their star-studded team contains the likes of Kevin Strootman, Georginio Wijnaldum and Luciano Narsingh, with Virgil van Dijk the man tasked with handling Robert Lewandowski.

With players such as Riechedly Bazoer, Kenny Tete and Marco van Ginkel looking to make an impact as the Dutch go through a transition too, trying to hold down a place in the team as changes take place, Poland have plenty to test themselves against on Wednesday.

Virgil van Dijk will have his hands full as he prepares to deal with Robert Lewandowski. (Photo: Getty)
Virgil van Dijk will have his hands full as he prepares to deal with Robert Lewandowski. (Photo: Getty)

Plenty to play for

Poland themselves have something to prove in this game too.

With Lewandowski the star man, it's easy to forget about the rest of Biało-czerwoni's squad. They will be looking to show everyone that they aren't just a one-man team though, as well as continuing their sublime form in the run up to the tournament.

Having won all of their last five games, confidence and morale is high in the camp as they prepare for the Euros, and this will be more than needed in a very competitive group.

The Dutch would be a significant scalp for Poland to claim before what is anticipated to be a relatively straight-forward game against Lithuania on Monday, especially if it is the first of two wins in front of home crowds in the next week as they send off their team.