Spain vs Croatia and Turkey vs Czech Republic… Euro 2016 big match analysis
- Group D’s final two matches at Euro 2016 are scheduled for Tuesday night
- Spain have won both of their games so far to sit top of the standings
- A point against Croatia would guarantee progress as group winners
- Sportsmail’s Martin Keown laments absence of Luka Modric for Croatia
- And the former England international tips Czech Republic to beat Turkey
Spain have been largely untroubled so far at Euro 2016 but Tuesday will present a fresh test for Vicente del Bosque’s side.
Croatia have played some impressive football at the tournament and could leapfrog their opponents into first place in Group D with victory in Bordeaux.
Meanwhile, in Lens, the Czech Republic take on Turkey knowing victory is essential if they are to finish as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Ahead of kick-off, Sportsmail‘s Martin Keown offers his assessment of Tuesday’s two big Euro 2016 games.
Andres Iniesta applauds the crowd after the final whistle of Spain’s defeat of Turkey 3-0 at Euro 2016
Minus Modric, Croatia are in danger against the Spanish
It’s such a shame Luka Modric looks set to miss this one, otherwise we could have been looking at the game of the tournament so far.
The Real Madrid man has linked beautifully with Ivan Rakitic, and were it not for their fans’ behaviour late on against Czech Republic I think they would have won comfortably.
The big question would have been, ‘Who is going to boss possession?’, but with Modric missing I expect Spain to come out on top. They have already qualified but they will want to make sure they top the group.
It was good to see the two new boys — Alvaro Morata and Nolito — both scoring against Turkey. It must be so difficult to come into a team as successful as this Spain group.
Tuesday, 8pm, Bordeaux, Live on ITV1.
VERDICT: Spain win.
BIG MATCH BET: Spain are expected to rest one or two big names as a draw will be good enough for top spot. They’ll settle for that and 1-1 is worth a nibble at 6-1.
Luke Modric will not be available for Croatia when they face the defending European champions in Bordeaux
Czech mate for Turkey in Lens
Czech Republic were outplayed and outclassed for 80 minutes against Croatia, but showed a lot of spirit to come back from two goals down to claim a draw.
That result could give them a confidence boost ahead of this battle for third place, though they will be without talismanic skipper Tomas Rosicky.
I’ve been really disappointed by Turkey, especially after they played well against England at the Etihad in May.
Tuesday, 8pm, Lens, Live on ITV4.
VERDICT: Czech Republic win.
BIG MATCH BET: They clashed in qualifying with the away team winning both matches, while the last nine meetings between them produced 31 goals. Over 3.5 goals is 16-5.
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