Wales begin their hectic post-season schedule with a trip to Poland this evening as they kick off their Nations League campaign.
Robert Page’s Dragons face five games in quick succession in early June including their vital World Cup play-off final against either Scotland or Ukraine at the weekend.
Before that Cardiff showdown, Gareth Bale and co will head to Wroclaw as the Nations League gets back underway.
The Welsh take on Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands in their tricky group.
They will want to use tonight’s game as a warm-up for the key World Cup play-off on Sunday.
Poland v Wales: talkSPORT coverage
This Nations League Group A4 tie will take place on Wednesday, June 1.
Kick-off at the Stadion Miejski Wroclaw is set for 5pm UK time
talkSPORT 2 will have full coverage from 4pm and commentary will be provided by Nigel Adderley and former Wales striker Dean Saunders.
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Wales fixtures in June
Wednesday, 1 June (17:00): Poland v Wales (Nations League)
Sunday, 5 June (17:00): Wales v Scotland or Ukraine (World Cup play-off final)
Wednesday, 8 June (19:45): Wales v Netherlands (Nations League)
Saturday, 11 June (19:45): Wales v Belgium (Nations League)
Tuesday, 14 June (19:45): Netherlands v Wales (Nations League)
Poland v Wales: Team news
Poland: Grabara, Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Puchacz, Klich, Krychowiak, Goralski, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Buksa
Subs: Skorupski, Dragowski, Kaminski, Wieteska, Kedziora, Zurkowski, Grosicki, Pestka, Swiderski, Szymanski, Zalewski, Piatek
Wales: Ward, Gunter, Mepham, Norrington-Davies, Levitt, Smith, Morell, J.Williams, Burns, Moore, James
Subs: Hennessey, A. Davies, N. Williams, Denham, Rodon, Wilson, Thomas, Matondo, C. Roberts, Ampadu, Harris
Poland v Wales: What has been said?
Brennan Johnson is set to start for Wales as Page looks to rest the likes of Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen for the play-off final.
But Page is excited to see what the Nottingham Forest forward can do on the international stage.
Page said: “Brennan is the future of Welsh football and I think he’s top-six (Premier League) now.
“He’s shown he’s got that potential and ability.
“I’ve seen it in him for a long time and it’s been great to watch his development.
“I’m going to use these Nations League games as a tool to give the Brennan Johnsons of the world an opportunity, expose them to top players and top teams.
“The Nations League is not the be-all and end-all. It’s about exposing the younger players to opposition like that.
“So in 12 months, or two years’ time, when we’re in an important game for the World Cup or the Euros, these players will have benefited from this experience and may be the one to score the winner to get us through.”
Poland v Wales: Match facts
- Both teams have found the back of the net in each of Wales’ last four games (9 for, 4 ag) – they last had a longer run of games in which they both scored and conceded between May and November 1962 (5 games).
- Poland have suffered just one defeat in their last nine games in all competitions, winning six times in the process (D2) – with that lone loss coming against Hungary in November 2021 (1-2).
- Wales have gone unbeaten in each of their last nine games (W4 D5), since a 4-0 defeat to Denmark at EURO 2020 in June 2021. Indeed, only between October 2001 and March 2003 (10 games) have they recorded a longer unbeaten run.
- Wales have never won away against Poland in all competitions, drawing two and losing two of their four away trips, while also failing to score in each match.
- Wales have lost their last four games against Poland in all competitions, last losing five or more in a row against an opponent between October 2004 and October 2020 (6 vs England).
- Poland are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Wales in all competitions (W5 D2), since losing their first encounter in March 1973 (0-2).
- Wes Burns had a hand in 18 league goals for Ipswich Town in 2021-22 (12 goals, 6 assists), his best return for goal involvements in a single campaign in England’s top four tiers.
- Harry Wilson provided 20 assists in all competitions for Fulham in 2021-22, the most by any player in England’s top four divisions.
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