The two-time defending champions get their campaign underway with an awkward looking game against the Czech Republic.
Although Spain came through their qualifying campaign with ease after an early defeat in Slovakia, they still give the impression of being in recovery following their humiliating group stage exit at World Cup 2014 as defending champions. Defensively they look relatively watertight (conceding just three goals in 10 qualifiers), particularly with the excellent David De Gea in goal (he should surely now be considered first choice ahead of Iker Casillas), but some of the stars of the ‘Tika-taka’ era have either retired or are getting a little long in the tooth and they still lack a reliable striker.
Czech Republic qualified top of a tough group that included Iceland, Turkey and the Netherlands, so are clearly not a team to be taken lightly. They might not have the star names of yesteryear, Petr Cech aside but Pavel Vrba has produced a team that looks to attack and entertain.
The main concern for the Czechs is at the back, where they conceded 14 goals in qualification – more than any of the finalists. Some of that can be put down to their tough draw, but they’ve not got it easy in France either.
Of the previous four games between the two teams, Spain has won three with the other ending all square. The Czechs have scored just a solitary goal in those four matches.
In the Spain v Czech Republic betting odds, Spain are strong favourites at around 8/15 in match price markets. That seems a tad short, but a price of around 7/5 on Spain to win to nil looks far more appealing given their fine defensive record and could be well worth using any available Spain v Czech Republic free bets on. Stay tuned for more of these Euro 2016 betting tips as this world-wide acclaimed tournament rolls out.