If David de Gea plays, could we see a sixth consecutive clean sheet? Will Burns thinks so…
Tuesday 21st June 2016 – 20:00 BST
EURO 2016 – GROUP D
CROATIA v SPAIN
This should be a great game of open football as Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque could use this game to rest some of his players, which would obviously be beneficial to Croatia, however Spain will want to do enough to finish top of the group and secure an easier draw in the knockout round. Central defender Sergio Ramos may well be saved from this contest as he is one booking away from a suspension. If the Real man is left out, this may hamper Spain’s impressive defensive record – they have been victorious in each of their last 10 competitive matches without conceding a goal.
The Croatians were suffered a blow this weekend when Luka Modric was decleared doubtful of Tuesday night’s game after suffering a groin injury. His Real Madrid teammate Mateo Kovacic should deputise in midfield in Modric’s absence. In addition, centre forward Mario Mandzukic may not be risked as he has been struggling with a muscular problem over the weekend. Ante Cacic’s men started the tournament very postively comfortably defeating Turkey (even though it was just by the one goal) and lead Czech Republic 2-0 with ease, before throwing the game away late on to a 2-2 draw.
This will be a difficult game to call however, I feel I have found the perfect bet, although I would recommend waiting to see the team sheets before placing. Spain’s goalkeeper David De Gea has now gone 450 minutes without conceding a competitive goal, if he starts I am positive another clean sheet will be on the cards. Now there are many ways we can play this one…
Spain need at least a draw, Croatia wouldn’t mind a draw either to guarantee qualification. The correct score market brings in some value if you decide for a 0-0. This is valued at 6/1 with William Hill and could be worth a shout. Alternatively, you could opt for the No Goalscorer at 11/2 at Ladbrokes, in case an own goal is scored for either side.
However, the tip I’m going over is Spain – Clean Sheet: Yes with Bet365 at evens which I see a great possibility is Modric is ruled out. Croatia would still have some creative quality in the Croatian eleven without him, however, can they get the ball off Spain to challenge De Gea’s record?
Before placing your bet – remember to check the team-sheets!!!
If you’re betting… good luck!