Euro 2016 Group D: Spain can find their flow in second outing to tame Turkey
Lee Gormley | June 15, 2016
Spain v Turkey
- Euro 2016 Group D
- Friday, June 17th
- Kick-off: 20:00 BST
- Allianz Riviera, Nice
- Live on ITV
Spain seek Turkey success in second outing
Following their late victory over the Czech Republic, defending champions Spain next set sights on overcoming Turkey in their second Euro 2016 Group B encounter, a fixture in which they have only ever tasted defeat on one occasion from 10 meetings.
The Spaniards have earned five previous wins and been held to four draws in the other former clashes and will be highly confident of securing another three points this time out, with Turkey entering on the back of a loss to Croatia.
Success for both Croatia and Spain in their latest match-ups will cement their respective positions in the knockout stage, and Vicente del Bosque’s La Roja are 13/5 with Coral to triumph with both teams getting on the scoresheet.
Fatih Terim’s Turkey outfit showed little to prove they can cause an upset over Spain in their defeat to the Croats, with a Goal of the Tournament contender from Luka Modric inflicting them with opening misery, but they are 15/2 to spring a surprise and prevail.
Spanish attack finding flow
Juventus hitman Alvaro Morata led the Spanish attack from the start last time out and found himself in dangerous positions throughout, though the reported Arsenal transfer target was unable to dispatch several opportunities.
The 23-year-old Serie A frontman is 4/1 to net the first goal here and open his European Championships account, while veteran forward Aritz Aduriz, who was introduced late on last time around, is evens in the anytime market.
Celta de Vigo wideman Nolito, Manchester City playmaker David Silva and Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez are all 7/4 to get their names on the scoresheet, with skipper and midfield maestro Andres Iniesta 11/2 to strike, after his superb display against the Czechs.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was the match-winner for the Spanish in their opener, with the towering former Manchester United centre back connecting with a brilliantly lofted Iniesta delivery after 87 minutes, and he is 7/1 to bag another.
Turan to face familiar club faces
Turkish captain Arda Turan came under fire for his underwhelming appearance against Croatia but the Barcelona midfielder will look to banish that outing and help his nation to victory over a side that will feature plenty of his Nou Camp teammates.
The skipper is 11/2 to strike anytime, with the likes of fellow Barca stars Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Iniesta set to be familiar faces for Turan at club level.
Meanwhile, frontman Burak Yilmaz is 9/1 to score last, with Bayer Leverkusen set-piece specialist Hakan Calhanoglu 7/2 to dispatch anytime and Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup 7/1 to find the net, having been linked with a switch to West Ham United of late.
With a host of attacking talent set to be on show in this latest Group D showdown, odds of 21/10 can be backed for either Spain or Turkey to win and both nations score, in a game which the reigning champions will look to stamp down their authority after scraping by Czech Republic.