Spain, the two defending European champion will open its Euro 2016 campaign against the Czech Republic, on Monday June 13 having to contend with the sexual assault allegations against David De Gea. Spain will try for an unprecedented three-peat.
Despite of what could be a potential distraction for De Gea, Spain still has in its roster football stars that include Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique, David Silva and Thiago Alcantara.
Euro 2016 predictions see an advantage for Spain in this Group D match against Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky and the rest of the Czech Republic team.
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The Czech Republic has not defeated the Spanish squad in four games since its independence. The record is 3 wins for Spain and a draw, according to their match history.
Spain qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup defeating the Czechs while the teams also met in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. Spain won 2-1 in Granada and 2-0 in its away victory.
These facts make Spain the superior team on paper.
Euro 2016 will be the sixth consecutive appearance for Spain, the first side to win two in a row at UEFA EURO 2012. The Spaniards also come to the finals on an eight-game competitive winning streak, during which they have not conceded a goal.
The Czech Republic have qualified for every final tournament since it becomes an independent nation.
They have the Euro title in 1976 as part of Czechoslovakia. It reached the final in 1996 as an independent Czech Republic but eventually lost the title to Germany.
The Czech Republic qualified with a record of 7 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has hinted that David de Gea is likely to start in goal while striker Alvaro Morata is fit to play after missing their warm-up match against Georgia with a thigh injury.
Czech Republic’s Borek Dockal is expected to play despite being hampered by an ankle injury. Meanwhile either Michal Kadlec or Roman Hubnik will take the place of Marek Suchy at center back after Suchy was suspended.