Euro 2016: Turkey Fights for Life Against SpainPublished June 17, 2016 by Florin P
Everything on the line when Turkey takes on Spain (8:00 p.m UK Time).
Turkey started the Euro 2016 on a disappointing note after losing the opening match against Croatia. What’s even more depressing is that they failed to score a single goal, while their opponents created multiple opportunities. The road ahead is long and twisted, but the most difficult obstacle lies right ahead, in the form of the reigning champions blocking their way.
Spain Has Big Shoes to Fill
Spanish players are widely regarded as some of the best and the European championship, but they need to confirm their status. For the first time in a long while, Spain is credited with the third chance at winning the trophy, behind France and Germany. It is mandatory for the former world champions to win the group, so they avoid a confrontation with another group winner.
Spain used to play offensive football, but apparently they took the foot off gas and are now more concerned about preventing opponents from scoring. They employed the same strategy against the Czech Republic and are unlikely to come out firing on all cylinders. They can maintain ball possession better than most of the teams and this could seriously damage Turkey, who is struggling in the midfield.
A Vulnerable Backline for Turkey
Croatia is clearly the better team in the opening game, but in the end they had to settle for a narrow margin victory. Their players created numerous scoring opportunities and Turkey was lucky not to concede at least three goals when the ball hit the woodwork. Against Spain, they are the underdogs and will need to defend much better if they are to avoid a humiliating defeat.
Given the manner in which the two teams have performed in the opening game, punters might be inclined to back the reigning European champions to cover the spread. Risk-averse players will have to settle for odds of 1/2 at bet365 Sports on Spain to win.