Spain vs Czech Republic 6/13/16: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions
Spain (0-0-0) vs Czech Republic (0-0-0)
Monday 13th June 2016 9:00(ET)
Spain -222; Draw +350; Czech Republic +800 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN; RTE; ITV
The defending European champions from Spain kick off their 2016 tournament as they take on a pesky Czech Republic side on Monday.
Spain heads into this tournament looking to repeat as champions and shake off an ugly performance at the 2014 World Cup and while they have some key pieces that are no longer with the program they are still a lethal group that is getting overlooked as a potential winner. Spain is loaded with world class talent still as the likes of Sergio Ramos, David Silva, Hector Bellerin, and Thiago Alcantara all stand in front of David de Gea who should replace Iker Casillas as the starter goalkeeper, and while they may veer away from the tiki-taka style that brought them to world glory throughout the late 2000’s they are still a team to watch for and a favourite to win this group. Spain had a nice qualifying path and while the group is a bit inexperience compared to past groups they do match up well with a Czech side that needed to play in to get to the final stage.
The Czechs have some mainstays on this years roster as the likes of Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky but beyond that they are a bit thin in terms of personnel that play in the worlds top leagues. However, they have fared well on the international stage over the years and could be a dark horse to emerge out of the group and a strong showing against Spain to start the tournament could be the perfect catalyst to getting them there and even a draw here would be a huge boost for them. However, the Czechs have to contend with a very strong Spanish mid field and with the expectation being that Spain will dominate possession in this one I think they will do enough to get a victory and to show the rest of the world that they are not out of the running by any means.