The Croatia v Spain Euro 2016 free bets odds will no doubt favour the Spanish going into this match, but this is a game where they might not get their usual dominance in terms of possession.
The reason for that is that Croatia can genuinely match Spain in midfield, with the excellent Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and (albeit on loan at Sporting Gijon this season) Alen Halilovic all plying their trade in La Liga with Real Madrid and Barcelona. You don’t get a much better pedigree than that.
In five previous meetings, it’s three wins for Spain, one draw and one win for Croatia. They actually met in the group stage at Euro 2012, when a late Jesus Navas goal proved the difference and ensured Spain’s progress to the quarter-finals at Croatia’s expense. It’s likely to be tight again in Bordeaux although, ahead of the tournament, both teams will be expecting to progress to the next round on this occasion.
This game could be a stern test for the Spanish and with Euro 2016 Group D looking the toughest of the six groups, there is at least the possibility that Spain could follow up World Cup 2014 with another group stage exit. With manager Vicente Del Bosque leaving his job after these finals, that would really tarnish his earlier excellent record.
The group situation going into this game will need to be known before getting involved with any Croatia v Spain free bets in this one, but it already has the feel of potentially being one of the games of the tournament and is a match that should certainly be of a very high quality in the middle of the park.