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Euro 2016 Group D betting tips - Spain look banker material and Croatia can qualify behind them

Neil Roarty 2 Jun 2016

Spain will have a point to prove in the group stage of Euro 2016 and Vicente Del Bosque's men are a banker bet at odds of 4/6 to come through a fairly weak section.

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Spain have got a point to prove this summer. That seems strange given that La Furia Roja arrive in France as the duel European Championship winners but their appalling World Cup in Brazil in 2014 has meant that there are major doubts over Vicente Del Bosque's side.

After dominating international football for six years Spain were expected to go to Brazil and produce a masterclass but their tiki-taka style was nullified in the opening match by a solid Netherlands side who produced a brilliant display of counter-attacking football to beat the reigning champions 5-1. Robin Van Persie's headed goal, which made it 1-1 at the time, was voted the Goal of the Tournament and it not only turned the match on its head but perhaps the whole of international football. Spain didn't recover anyway, losing 2-0 to Chile in their next match and exiting the tournament in ignominy at the group stage.

The number one priority for the Spanish natonal team in France will, therefore, be to avoid a repeat of that disaster. This means that Del Bosque will have his side completely prepared for their Euro 2016 opener against Czech Republic on June 13 and it would be a major shock if they made any mistakes against arguably the Czechs.

If they do then they will almost certainly win Group D as neither Turkey, who qualified behind the Czech Republic in third place in Group A but reached Euro 2016 as the best of the third placed sides, nor Croatia have any weapons that can really frighten the defending champions. 

Barcelona's Arda Turan will be Turkey's key player in France
The Turks had been on a great run of form before they faced England in a friendly at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium last month with 11 wins from 13 matches since back in 2014. They are being talked up as something of a dark horse for the tournament, and they should qualify for the latter stages but they don't have enough in attack to trouble the Spanish defence, despite the presence of Barcelona's Arda Turan, who missed the 2-1 defeat to Roy Hodgson's men.

Croatia, meanwhile, came through as runners-up in qualifying Group H behind Italy but that was a very weak section and it's going to be tough for them to make much of an impact in France. Ante Cacic's side are no better now than they were when exiting the group stage at the World Cup and may in fact be weaker, due to the exclusion of Dejan Lovren after the Liverpool defender fell out with the coaching staff.

That move could come back to haunt Cacic as it will have almost certainly caused some divisions in the squad. The presence of Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona plus Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic will negate the absence somewhat but Croatia look light in defence. It may not matter hugely against Czech Republic and Turkey, but it will be a major problem against Spain, and any better teams they face if they come through from Group D as runners-up.

Backing Croatia to finish behind the Spaniards may not be a bad idea though as there really are some question marks over both Czech Republic and Turkey. The fact that the pair do know each other from qualifying is a plus but familiarity can also bring with it negativity. Both sides will be keen not to lose to each other and a stalemate, in a group where wins will be at a premium, could open the door for Croatia.

Ante Cacic's men are 15/8 with Skybet to finish second in Group D but the value is with the straight forecast at 11/4 with the same firm. Put a maximum stake on Spain at 4/6 and a smaller bet on the forecast and you could add a nice little extra onto your banker bet.

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