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Spain’s Three-Peat Quest Continues

Gerard Pique Spain Emre Mor Turkey Euro 2016

A late winner from Gerard Piqué cemented all three points for Spain in their opener versus Czech Republic. Next up for La Furia Roja as their quest for a third consecutive European Championship continues is Turkey, who were soundly outplayed by Croatia in their opener.

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  • Spain has won the last two meetings with Turkey 2-1 and 1-0.
  • Gökhan Gönül and Mehmet Topal are doubts for Turkey.
  • Turkey’s last three games in all competitions have been UNDER 2.5 goals.

Spain has a hefty -240 price tag in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while Turkey is +750 and the draw is +355. In spread betting, Spain is a 1.5-goal favorite currently priced at +120 while the other side is -150. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.5 goals is presently Even odds while UNDER 2.5 goals is -120.

The Spanish certainly didn’t dominate against a Czech side that was very good in qualifying but the pitch did feel a bit tilted at times in Toulouse.

In very typical Spain fashion, they controlled the ball to the tune of 67.4 percent possession and passed the ball at an 89 percent clip while outshooting the Czechs 18-6.

Turkey lost 1-0 to Croatia in their opening Group D contest but probably could have lost by more if Croatia’s finishing was a touch better.

Historically speaking, Spain has the decided edge when these two nations meet on the pitch as they have won five, drawn four and lost just two in 11 meetings.

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