Not only in 2008 also in 2012 Spain got the title of the European champion. This year they have the chance to win the triple. Well, they didn’t have that much luck at the draw. Nonetheless of course they start as favourites in the group D. At the first match they have to play against the Czech Republic. Kick-off on the 13th of June is at 3 p.m..
Current performance of Spain
The nomination of the squad has shown how big the choice of top players is at the title holder. Therefore also top players like Fernando Torres or also Javi Martinez from Bayern have to stay at home. At the offensive play Trainer Vicente del Bosque puts on the 35 year old Aritz Aduriz from Athletic Bilbao. Celta Vigo-Topscorer Nolito also gets a chance at the EURO 2016. He thanked his coach lately for this opportunity with two goals at the match against Bosnia-Herzegovina which ended with a score of 3:1 at the test match on the 29th of May. At this match they even played without their top stars from Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. After the Champions League finals they even had a loss. Real defence player Dani Carvajal has injured at the match and can’t play at the EURO. Luckily Coach del Bosque has some other opportunities. However the results lately also could have been better. The test matches in March ended both in a drawn at first against Italy with a score of 1:1 and then against Romania without any goal. Nevertheless De Gea & Co are one of the top favourites in this tournament.
Current performance of the Czech Republic
The times where the Czech Republic was one of the favourite’s teams are over. 20 years ago was the last time when they have made it to the finals. At that time they have lost against Germany. At the last EURO in Poland and the Ukraine they had suffered a defeat at the quarter finals against Portugal and at the world championship in 2014 they didn’t even have been qualified. Therefore the participation in this years EURO is also a little victory for them. Reaching the knock out phase is nevertheless very unlikely due to their rivals in the group even though they have won the Group A with rivals like Turkey or the Netherlands. The top player in this team is still Arsenal-Keeper Petr Czech who also shell gives the right support in 2016. The test matches could have been better for the team of Trainer Pavel Vrba. In March they have lost the match against Scotland with a score of 0:1. At least the match against Sweden ended in a drawn with a score of 1:1. The preparation for the EURO started with a match against a very small rival. They played against Malta and have won with a score of 6:0. On the 1st of June they also will have a test match against Russia.
Betting tip for this match
It’s almost a duty for Spain to win against the Czech Republic. Because the upcoming rivals Turkey and Croatia will not be easier to beat. The Czech Republic, the clear outsider, only can surprise. However at the qualification they also have proven that they are able to cause trouble for other teams. Nonetheless we think that the favourite will also win this match. Our tip: tip 1.