Spain (4) v Czech Republic (21) – Group D – 2pm (ITV) – 13.06.16 – Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
The defending champions kick things off with a game against the Czech Republic as they look to put the disappointment of two years ago behind them.
Spain’s recent form is good as they’ve gone nine matches without a defeat, conceding just twice. Meanwhile, they won their final eight qualifying games without conceding a single goal. With a midfield that never gives the ball away and the best defence in the competition we expect to see a side that is more reminiscent of the title winning team from four years ago than the outfit that crashed out at the group stage in Brazil.
These teams met in qualifying for the last Euros with Spain winning both games and while the Czechs beat the Netherlands both home and away in this qualifying campaign they’ve failed to score in four of their last seven matches against teams ranked in our top-20.
Against an ageing Czech side we expect Spain to continue their incredible defensive record. ‘Dutching’ both the 1-0 at 6.5 and 2-0 at 7.0 looks to best value.