Spain look for a unpreceded third European Championship in a row in the Euro 2016. When the Spanish take the field in France, they will be challenged by Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey, all which should be the back seat in Group D.
– Turkey vs Croatia, Draw | June 12, 15:00 | Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris
– Spain vs Czech Republic, Draw | June 13, 15:00 | Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
– Czech Republic vs Croatia, Draw | June 17, 18:00 | Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
– Spain vs Turkey, Draw | June 17, 21:00 | Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice
– Croatia vs Spain, Draw | June 21, 21:00 | Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
– Czech Republic vs Turkey, Draw | June 21, 21:00 | Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
Spain are listed at 6.5 to win their third Euro trophy in a row. However, what they look they most is to show a different face than what they showed in Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. The Online Sportsbook Bodog have them at 1.5 to win the zone.
Croatia might be the biggest challenge Spain could have in the early stages. The Croatian are an experienced team that will be led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. 2008 was he Croatian best campaign as they got to the quarterfinals; anything beyond that would be an absolute achievement for them. They are listed at 4.0 to win the group.
“It will be interesting and uncertain (who will win), we have the opportunity to pay back the Turks for that unfortunate loss in Austria (in 2008) and the Czech Republic is a very well-managed side under Pavel Vrba. I think it’s good that we play against Spain later on, they will probably then be thinking about the second round, and we can also see our chance there,” said the coach Ante Čačić.
Czech Republic is third in the Euro 2016 Odds to win Group D, rated at 10. They got to the quarterfinals in 2012 before losing to Portugal with a lone goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. They dominated Group A in the Euro qualifiers by winning seven of their ten games while eliminated Netherlands at the same time.
Turkey are the last in the odds of this group. Yet, they gave shown to be a resilience team that could complicate teams in this zone. The Turkish are at 11.0 to win this group; they beat the Czech Republic away from home at the qualifiers, which should be a lot of help for they meet in the tournament.
“Everybody’s dream is to play in the final on July 10. We also dream it. We will do our best. There is neither fear nor surrender in our philosophy. I know no match will be easy. But we are a team who has been improving with every passing day. Anyway, you can’t expect an easy game in the European Championship,” Turkey manager Fatih Terim said.