Euro 2016 Betting Tip: Spain to score goals as they start defence of their crown against the Czech RepublicPublished June 13, 2016
Both of these teams are stumbling towards their Euro 2016 opener. Spain have not lost a match at a European Championship finals since 20th June 2004, and whose last defeat in a competitive fixture was back in October 2014. However, in their last fixture, they were beaten by Georgia, ranked 137th in the FIFA world rankings 0-1 in Madrid, in terms of places between the teams, this was Spain’s worst ever defeat.
Coupled with this, reports have implicated Manchester United’s goalkeeper David de Gea in a party involving prostitutes and even suggestions of rape.
However, on the positive side, Spain are unbeaten in four games against the Czech Republic. The Czechs have scored only one goal in those four matches, and have the worst defensive record of any team in France during the qualifying stages, without keeping a clean sheet in any of its qualifying games.
For a team boasting the attacking riches of Alvaro Morata, Pedro and David Silva, it is hard to see Petr Cech’s net staying empty in this one.
The Czech Republic also suffered a defeat in their final warm-up match, losing 2-1 to a South Korean side that had been routed 6-1 just days earlier by Spain. In fact, Pavel Vrba’s side have won just one of their last six matches and have a real difficulty keeping clean sheets, despite having in Cech one of the highest regarded keepers in the world.
Spain would love to achieve an unprecedented three times in a row champions of Europe, and haven’t conceded a single goal in their last 510 minutes at a European Championship finals, which is the longest run in the history of the tournament.
The Czech Republic have problems in their defense with Marek Suchy suspended, so Michal Kadlec or Roman Hubnik will replace him at centre-back.
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