Spain v Turkey – Allianz Riviera at 20:00 live on ITV
Defending European champions Spain, look to make it 2 wins out of 2 as they take on Turkey in their 2nd game of Group D on Friday.
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Last weekend, the Spaniards got off to a winning start and narrowly beat the Czech Republic by a 1-0 scoreline, courtesy of a header scored late on in the game by Gerard Piqué. Despite getting the win, it took 87 minutes to break the deadlock against the side which had the worst defensive record out of any team that qualified for the tournament, having conceded 14 goals in qualifying.
There is no doubt that Spain have a talented squad with the likes of Alvaro Morata, Andres Iniesta and David De Gea in the side, but in Diego Costa’s absence, they do lack a prolific number 9 and this was evident in the game against the Czechs.
A win against Turkey would see them qualify from the group stages, ahead of their potential group winner decider against Croatia in their final group game.
Turkey on the other hand lost their opening match 1-0 to Croatia as a result of a stunning volley scored by Luca Modric. Croatia did look the better side in the game and if it wasn’t for several missed chances, the deficit could have been a lot worse.
Unfortunately for the Turks, they have been drawn in a difficult group and despite having some talented players such as Arda Turan, and Oguzhan Ozyakup, Croatia outplayed them for the majority of the game last weekend.
Turkey’s final group game is against the Czech Republic and ideally they need to get something out of the game against Spain to remain in with a chance of qualifying.
In regards to the result, I don’t think a draw is completely out of the question, especially when taking into account Spain’s non-existent traditional centre-forward.
These 2 sides last came face to face in 2 World Cup qualifiers in 2009 and on both occasions Spain were victorious.
As for the result of this game, Spain found it difficult to score against the Czech Republic and I think their lack of a prolific striker could see them struggle again against Turkey. The Turks managed to keep Croatia’s attacking menace at bay and in the end it took a super strike from Modric to sink Turkey. Spain are the clear favourites to get their 2nd consecutive win of the tournament, although I think they may find it hard to break Turkey down and therefore I recommend backing Turkey +1.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Turkey +1.25 @ 1.90 with 188BET
Prices correct at time of writing.