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Spain vs Turkey preview

Kick off: Friday, 17 June @9:00 GMT

Venue: Allianz Riviera (Nice)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

Turkey vs Spain 1-2 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Spain vs Turkey 1-0 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Spain vs Turkey 2-0 (Euro 1968 qualifiers)
Turkey vs Spain 0-0 (Euro 1968 qualifiers)
Turkey vs Spain 2-2 (1954 World Cup qualifiers)

Spain vs Turkey Team News

Alvaro Morata is fit and he is widely expected to lead the line for Spain against Turkey. Coach Vicente Del Bosque has no fresh injury worries ahead of the game and he is likely to field the same starting line-up that faced Czech Republic. Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, though, could play some part in Friday’s game against Fatih Terim’s troops. It is well known that the likes of Diego Costa, Santi Cazorla, Isco and Saul were left out of Spain Euro 2016 squad.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Turkey coach Fatih Terim could make some changes to the team that faced Croatia in the opening match of their Euro 2016 campaign. Volkan Sen is likely to start this time out, but he is one yellow card away from suspension. The likes of Cenk Tosun and Hakan Balta picked up yellow cards in the opener against Croatia as well, meaning that they should be very cautious in Friday’s match against La Roja. Arda Turan failed to impress against Croatia, but he should keep his place in the starting XI.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Quick Facts

  • Spain are after their fourth consecutive win over Turkey
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in three of last four meetings between Turkey and Spain
  • La Roja managed to keep a clean sheet in previous four games at Euro finals
  • Turkey recorded their last win over Spain back in 1954
  • Andres Iniesta earned his 110th cap for Spain against Czech Republic

Spain vs Turkey Prediction

Spain dominated the match against Czech Republic, but they failed to turn their dominance into more goals. Anyhow, Vicente Del Bosque’s team seems to be well balanced and considering that Turkey failed to impress in their opener against Croatia, I believe that the defending champions are going to record a routine win over Fatih Terim’s charges.

Betting Tip: Spain to win

Odds: 1.40 (2/5) @Betfair

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