The defending Champions of the European Championship cup Spain will take on a low rated side Czech Republic at Stadium Municipal Toulouse on Monday 13th June 2016.
Spain are no 7 in the latest FIFA world ranking, but are huge favourites in group D and are also tipped among the teams likely to win the tournament. They won the European Championships of the last two editions and are looking to make it a hat-trick of trophies, though they are not as good as they were 4 years ago.
Czech Republic are entering this game as the underdogs, but they still hope to at least get a draw in the game as they are playing the group’s toughest team. They will be hoping to shock the football world and give Spain a second defeat in 2 games as they lost to Georgia in their last game.
- Czech republic’s last 6 games are very poor on rating, they have witnessed 3 defeats, a draw and 2 victories, one of their joyful moments was the 6-0 victory against Malta.
- Spain are not having a smooth run of form, the lowest point is a 1-0 defeat to minnows Georgia in their final warm-up match; they have won just 2 of their last 5 games and drawn 2.
- Spain have not conceded above 1 goal in each of their last 5 games showing they have a very solid defence.
Spain: Team News
Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal is withdrawal from the squad due to a hamstring injury and Juanfran is expected to start in his place, with Hector Bellerin and Cesar Azpilicueta also options.
Alvaro Morata is carrying a knock, but he is expected to be fully fit in time to start the opener against Czech Republic. Nolito is likely to get the nod ahead of Pedro for the left wing role supporting the striker.
There is plenty of competition for the three places in midfield, but Iniesta, Busquets and Koke will be the likely starters on Monday,
David de Gea is likely to continue in goal, relegating the veteran Iker Casillas to the substitute’s bench.
Spain: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
De Gea – Alba, Ramos, Pique, Juanfran – Iniesta, Busquets, Koke – Silva, Nolito, Morata.
Czech Republic: Team News
Borek Dockal is the only injury concern for Czech Republic after he picked up an injury in their final warm-up game against Russia. But he is likely to be fit in time and no surprises are expected from manager Pavel Vrba.
Czech Republic: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Limbersky, Kadlec, Sivok, Kaderabek – Darida, Plasil – Krejci, Kolar, Dockal – Necid.
Spain vs Czech Republic: Head-to-Head Stats
Spain are unbeaten in all four meetings with the Czech Republic, with 3 wins and 1 draw. Each of the three wins came from the last three matches.
All the four meetings between the sides were in competitive two legged fixtures, in 1996 for the World Cup qualifiers and in 2011 for the Euro Cup qualifiers.
Czech Republic have scored just one goal against Spain so far, while conceding 5.
Spain vs Czech Republic: Predictions
Spain are huge favourites on paper and judging by the calibre and quality of players in the squad of these two teams. This might be a new look side, but there is plenty of fire-power in the attack. They are also coming on the back of an excellent record in competitive matches (excluding friendlies), where they kept clean sheets in eight consecutive matches. The same can be expected here, Spain to win to nil.
Exact Score Prediction: Spain 2-0 Czech Republic (odds 6.00).
- Spain to win (odds @ 1.47)
- Under 2.5 goals (odds 1.73)
- Both Teams to Score – No (odds 1.60)
- Spain to win without conceding a goal (2.20)
*Odds from Bet-at-Home at the time of composing this article.
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