With reigning European Champions, Spain, in Group D, some might suggest that the outcome is predictable. But is it ever really that simple?

Here’s our guide to the teams in Euro 2016 Group D.

Teams in Euro 2016 Group D

  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Turkey

Predicted outcome

  1. Spain
  2. Croatia
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Turkey
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Fixtures

  1. Turkey vs. Croatia (Sunday, June 12, 2pm)

Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris

Ladbrokes odds: Turkey win: 5/2 | Draw: 21/10 | Croatia win: 23/20

 

  1. Spain vs. Czech Republic (Monday, June 13, 2pm)

Venue: Stadium de Toulouse

Ladbrokes odds: Spain win: 8/15 | Draw: 14/5 | Czech Republic win: 11/2

 

  1. Czech Republic vs. Croatia (Friday, June 17, 2pm)

Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St Etienne

 

  1. Spain vs. Turkey (Friday, June 17, 8pm)

Venue: Stade de Nice

 

  1. Czech Republic vs. Turkey (Tuesday, June 21, 8pm)

Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens

 

  1. Croatia vs. Spain (Tuesday, June 21, 8pm)

Venue: Stade de Bordeaux

Team profiles

Spain

When the 2010 World Champions were trounced 5-1 by the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup, the favourites were forced to give up their crown much earlier than expected.

As a result, Spain seem to have lost their aura of invincibility. Despite this, they won nine of their 10 qualifiers en route to Euro 2016.

With this in mind, the 2008 and 2010 European Champions remain among the favourites this time around. In fact, we have them at 5/1 to win the tournament for the third time in a row.

They are also favourites to win the group at 4/7. In the unlikely event that Spain don’t finish on top here, we’re sure they’ll qualify. For this reason, we place their chances of getting through to the knockout phase at 1/20.

Croatia

Croatia fans shot themselves in the foot in qualifying. The team were on their way to a convincing win against Italy at the San Siro, only for the visiting supporters to shoot flares on to the pitch and have the match suspended.

UEFA then docked points from Croatia after a swastika was cut into the grass for their home match against the Azzurri. Croatia subsequently sacked coach Niko Kovač after 0-0 draw with Azerbaijan.

Despite this, Croatia managed to qualify as runners-up in Euro 2016 Qualifying Group H. Look beyond the issues they had to overcome to get here and it is plain to see that Croatia are still a challenge for any team.

They have an inspirational captain in Darijo Srna. They also have world-class playmakers in Luka Modrić (Real Madrid) and Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona). Meanwhile, Juventus’ Mario Mandžukić can also be devastating.

As second favourites in Group D, we are offering odds of 11/2 for Croatia to come out on top, and odds of 4/11 to qualify.

Croatia are facing odds of 25/1 to win Euro 2016, which some punters will no doubt reckon makes them worth a flutter.

Turkey

Turkey are back in the Euros for the first time in eight years, having qualified as the best third-placed team this time around.

It would be a treat for spectators if Turkey are as thrilling this summer as they were when they found their way to the semi-finals in 2008.

We place them as the least likely to win the group at 9/1. However, they have world-class players in the shape of Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Barcelona’s Arda Turan.

This, along with their strong finish during qualifying, shows that it would be foolish to write them off completely.

At 100/1 to win the tournament, they don’t look likely to go the distance.

Czech Republic

While the Czech Republic reached the final of Euro ‘96 and the semi-finals eight years later, we doubt their chances this time around.

The Czechs did win their qualifying group in some style, but their national squad no longer features a host of Premier League stars, bar the ever-brilliant goalkeeper Petr Čech.

The inclusion of Arsenal’s Tomáš Rosický in the squad remains in doubt over on-going fitness concerns.

The team also lack potency in attack. However, the emergence of late-blooming midfielder, Bořek Dočkal, does give their squad some added depth.

We’re offering odds of 6/1 on the Czech Republic winning Group D, and odds of 4/6 on them qualifying.

What’s interesting about Group D is that it is full of players who know each other’s styles and play alongside – or against – each other on a regular basis. Turkey has Turan who plays for the same club as Croatia’s Rakitić (Barcelona).

Meanwhile, Croatia’s Mateo Kovačić and Luka Modrić will be familiar with the games of fellow Real Madrid players in the Spain squad, with Los Blancos’ captain, Sergio Ramos, being a prime example.

Such inside knowledge might be useful; and at the very least, it shows that Group D will be far from easy for any of these teams, including Spain.

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