Euro 2008 winners Spain have a decent chance of lifting another international trophy but a disappointing friendly defeat to Georgia shortly before the tournament started dampened optimism.
Turkey is next for Vicente del Bosque’s side in Group D – a team that has lost six of seven previous meetings with the Spaniards since the 1950s. You can back Spain at an enhanced 6/1 with Marathonbet to beat Turkey once again. Don’t miss out!
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They had a pretty easy time in qualifying and topped their group without much hassle – despite a loss to Slovakia in their second group game. They notched 8 consecutive wins following that and were on an impressive 12 game unbeaten run before mighty Georgia toppled them 1-0. The Spaniards will be hoping their experienced squad, boasting legendary names like Iniesta, Xavi and Casillas, will combine well with young new recruits like Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.
- Spain kept a clean sheet in eight of their 10 Euro 2016 qualification matches
- Their last defeat at a European Championship final came in 2004 against Portugal
- Spain’s friendly loss to Georgia featured many players expected to start against the Czech Republic including David De Gea, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara
- David Silva, Koke and Andres Iniesta all came on in the second half
POSSIBLE FIRST XI: De Gea (GK), Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta, Silva, Koke, Aduriz
- Won their tough Euro 2016 qualification group that featured teams including Holland, Turkey and an on-form Iceland team
- But they had the worst goal difference of the nine group winners in qualifying (+5)
- They’ve made the European Championship semi-finals twice and the final once – at Wembley in 1996
- Czech Republic boss Pavel Vrba has won eight, drawn four and lost seven games since taking over as manager in January 2014
POSSIBLE FIRST XI: Cech (GK), Kaderabek, Sivok, Kadlec, Gebre Selassie, Plasil, Darida, Dockal, Necid, Krejci