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Spain take on Turkey in the fourth match in Group D on June 17, the final game of the second round after fixtures, after the Czech Republic and Croatia went head-to-head earlier in the day. Spain will take on Turkey at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice.
Spain came through their first match with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. The scoreline doesn’t do the Spanish performance justice, as they bossed the midfield, created plenty of chances, and just miss having a real out-and-out goal scorer in the middle of the park, instead trying to walk the ball into the net, as is the Spanish way. Spain found it hard to break the Czechs down at times, but then that’s what happens when you have your entire team behind the ball at times.
Turkey’s first game in Group D was a tight 1-0 defeat to a good Croatia side. Turkey had their chances, but just lacked a bit of a cutting edge against Croatia. That being said, they were were a hard-working side, and will have felt unfortunate not to have got a draw, given that they had a couple of good chances. That rust will no doubt have been shaken off and they’ll be looking in even better shape in this must-win game against the Spanish.
Spain have faced Turkey on 11 occasions, with Spain, as you might expect, holding the upper-hand, having won 5, with 2 wins for Turkey and 4 draws in the record books. Spain won the last two competitive fixtures back in 2009 during qualification for the 2010 World Cup. Spain won 1-0 at home and then 2-1 in Turkey.
Spain vs Turkey Match Betting Odds:
Spain: 1.5, 1/2, -200
Turkey: 8.0, 7/1, +700
Draw: 4.5, 7/2, +350
Spain vs Turkey Match Betting Tips:
There was nothing in Turkey’s performance defensively against Croatia that makes me think they’ll do a better job than the Czechs. I mean, this is just an awful game for Turkey to try and get a result at. Spain are going to do the job here, and the odds reflect that. Spain are the same price as they were against the Czechs, 1.5, 1/2, -200, which looks a steal again if you like backing short-prices. However, there’s no value in that, and although I can see Spain winning, such a short price isn’t for me. Turkey would be some value if they had a decent striker, but they don’t, so they could be double figures and it would still be skinny odds.
Spain vs Turkey Prop Bets:
This is where I want to be playing for this game, as although Spain struggled to break down the Czechs, Turkey aren’t as disciplined, and they’re going to ship a few goals. Spain -1 is the play again here.
The other interesting bet is Sending Off – Yes, if they get the markets up for it, as the Turks are ill-disciplined, they’re going to be giving away a lot of fouls against a tricky Spanish side, and their passion might just get the better of them.