Spain v Turkey: La Furia Roja set to win both halves

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Spain may have left it late to topple Czech Republic in Group D on Monday, but they will face far less of an ordeal against a Turkey side who are set to trail early here, with the deficit increasing in the second half.

La Furia Roja scored more first-half goals than anyone else in qualifying, with 14 strikes before the interval. Meanwhile, their opponents have conceded twice before the break in their last four games, netting just a solitary goal in the process.

Turkey also find themselves up against one of the most robust defences in international football, with Vicente Del Bosque’s men having shipped just five goals in their last 13 games – and just three in the entire of Euro 2016 qualifying.

That’s reflected in the fact Spain are 8/11 to keep a clean-sheet here, though, with the firepower of Alvaro Morata, Nolito, and Pedro at the other end, there is better value in backing success for La Furia Roja at both ends of the field.

Celta Vigo hitman Nolito has grabbed a brace in two of his last four outings for the national side, so the 9/1 for him to net two or more times in this game could be a very smart bet indeed.

So too is the 11/8 for Spain to score in both halves. Not only do they have that amazing first-half goalscoring record, they’ve also scored nine times in the final 10 minutes of their competitive games since the last Euros.

That stat should concern opposition boss Fatih Terim, with Ay- Yıldızlılar shipping six times in the second-half during qualifying – including goals from poor Kazakhstan and Latvia sides.

In the match betting, Spain are 4/9 favourites, with Turkey 17/2 to win and the draw on at 18/5.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.