Group D of the 2016 European Championship will commence on the 12th of June, just 2 days after the widely anticipated debut of the tournament on State de France.
The four teams composing Group D will move around the country in order to play their games, starting from Paris and going through cities like Nice, Toulouse, and Bordeaux. The venues are not that important, mainly because EURO 2016 Group D is one of the few groups this year where every game is balanced and sure to be interesting.
Czech Republic, Spain, Croatia and Turkey are the four teams composing the fourth group of Euro 2016. Current trophy holders Spain are favorites to win the group, but must be careful – their last major tournament (World Cup 2014) ended quickly in a disaster, although their opponents weren’t exactly top class.
The rest of the teams fall roughly into the same category – quality, stubborn teams with good individual talent and a thirst for performance.
EURO 2016 Group D Teams & Best Outright Odds
Spain – 6.50
Spain hardly requires any words written about them. Their dominance (2 Euro wins and 1 World cup) between 2008 and 2012 came to a halt after a group stage exit at World Cup 2014.
Critics are saying that this Spanish team cannot compete for the title this year because they are in the middle of switching from one generation to the next. They will certainly look to defy these critics and prove that their world class players still have an important part to play in the tournament.
Czech Republic – Czechia – 101.00
Czech Republic won (7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses) the most surprising qualification group. They finished 2 points above surprising Iceland and above Turkey, in a group where World Cup semi-finalists Netherlands only managed to finish 4th.
They have qualified for every European Championship since their debut as an independent nation in 2014, and their hopes to exit the group this year are connected to world-class goalkeeper Petr Cech and experienced players like Hubschman, Plasil, Rosicky, and Necid.
Turkey – 81.00
Turkey was part of the same qualification group as the Czech Republic and managed to secure 3rd place mostly thanks to their great results against the Dutch, 3-0 and 1-1. They also had the advantage of having the highest point tally of all 3rd placed teams, which granted them a spot in the final tournament.
After their first Euro in 1996, Turkey have played better and better and will be looking to qualify from group D. Their squad is mostly composed of domestic players, with some notable exceptions like Calhanoglu and Arda Turan.
Croatia – 34.00
Since their separation from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia only missed one European Championship. They managed to win third place in France 1998, led by the legendary Davor Suker. This year, they qualified with relative ease from a group with Italy.
They have some exceptional players in their squad – Srna, Modric, Kovacic, Olic or Perisic, playing for top-flight European clubs like Inter, Napoli, and Real Madrid. With a little luck and a good start, this Croatian team can even hope to exceed their best result so far in European Championships.
EURO 2016 Betting Tips
EURO 2016 Group D is certainly one of the most balanced of this year’s tournament and we won’t be expecting a lot of goals between these teams. Croatia and Spain seem like the more offensive squads while the other participants seem to play a more defense-minded approach.
Betting that both teams will score will probably yield good results in most games while draws can also be expected, especially in games Croatia – Spain and Turkey – Czech Republic. We end this group preview with one more betting idea for this group: consider live betting on these games, especially after you’ve seen the team play.