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EURO 2016 - Spain vs Turkey - MATCH PREVIEW

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Defending Champions Spain will look for their second consecutive win in Euro 2016 when they take on Turkey in a Group D encounter. This fixture will be played at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on Friday, June 17.

Spain started the tournament with keeper David De Gea under a cloud of allegations while question marks on the effectiveness of their strikers. While De Gea proved that the allegations had no influence on his performance, the strikers couldn’t do anything to answer the critics.

Both Alvaro Morata and Nolito struggled to provide any threat up front leaving Vicente Del Bosque to rely on his proven midfield maestro Andres Iniesta. The Barcelona playmaker showed his brilliance in controlling the game and it was his exceptional pass that paved for Gerard Pique’s goal. A win against Turkey will more or less confirm their last 16 place.


Turkey came second best to Croatia in all departments eventually losing to a Luka Modric stunner. Though the score line was 1-0, the result was never in doubt as the talented midfield duo of Hakan Calhanoglu and Arda Turan struggled against their Croatian counterparts.

Turkey will be in a dilemma on going all out for a win or sitting back and settling for a point. With places up for grabs as best third-placed teams, Turkey would want to avoid defeat at all costs. Hitting Spain on the break presents their best chance in getting something out of the game.

Nolito and Morata were ineffective in the first match which could open the doors for Pedro. With no injury concerns, that could be the lone change for Del Bosque. Turkey too have no injury concerns but could opt to bring in Burak Yilmaz up front. Teenager Emre Mor impressed as a substitute and could push for a starting berth.

Spain lost just once in their last ten encounters while keeping six clean sheets in that period. Barring four games in which they scored 15 goals, Spain have scored just four in six games in the previous ten encounters. Turkey have lost just two games in their last ten matches but scored more than a goal just four times. Eight of their previous matches ended with two or fewer goals scored. With both teams struggling for quality upfront, there could be another low scorer in the offing.

Under 2.5 goals in the match

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