Netherlands have the personnel to breach Costa Rica's defence, back them to win by 1 goal at best odds 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Get football betting tips from Matt Le Tissier ahead of Netherlands taking on World Cup surprise package Costa Rica in a quarter final clash in Salvador on Saturday.
Matt thinks Costa Rica's glorious run will come to an end and recommend's backing Netherlands to win by 1 goal at best odds 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Netherlands couldn't have wished for a more favourable tie and will be banking on their attacking brand of football to see them through to the semi-finals. Having topped group B in good style with wins over Spain, Australia and Chile, Oranje faced a tough test against Mexico in a hot and humid last 16 encounter in Fortaleza. Mexico who were perhaps better suited to the climate, held the lead through a well taken Giovanni dos Santos strike and looked to be going through having been defending resolutely. But the Dutch would not give up and Wesley Sneijder pulled them level with 2 minutes to play before substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot in injury time after Arjen Robben was fouled by Rafael Marquez. Having been staring at defeat to then go through, Netherlands must surely believe they can now go all the way and will be confident of getting the right result against Costa Rica.
Ticos defied their tags as outsiders to beat both Uruguay and Italy before holding England to a draw to set up a last 16 clash with Greece. They took the lead in that Second Round encounter and did well to keep their opponents at bay with only 10 men on the pitch after Oscar Duarte's dismissal, but Greece were eventually able to make their numerical advantage count and Sokratis Papastathopoulos's injury-time equaliser cancelled out Bryan Ruiz's opener sending the game into extra-time. Costa Rica continued to defend well and held on to force the game to penalties before winning the shootout to make it to the last eight. Having only conceded two goals in Brazil and kept clean-sheets against Italy and England, the Central Americans look capable of limiting Dutch raids, but Oranje have averaged 3 goals per game so far at this World Cup and should just about get the job done.
Nigel de Jong will miss the remainder of the World Cup due to a groin injury leaving Georginio Wijnaldum and Jonathan De Guzman in competition to start in the middle of the park. Louis van Gaal will stick with Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie in attack after the duo has amassed 6 goals betweeen them so far and they will be supported by Wesley Sneijder in the 'Number 10' role, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is likely to start from the bench.
Continuity has been key to Costa Rica's unexpected World Cup adventure, but they will be forced to make a change in light of Oscar Duarte's suspension. Roy Miller and Johnny Acosta are in competition to start at the back in his place, but elsewhere the starting XI should remain unchanged as Ticos aim to upset the odds in Salvador.
2014 World Cup Matches
Netherlands W W W W Costa Rica W W D D
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Robben - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Van Persie - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Depay - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Fer - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
de Vrij - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Sneijder - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Huntelaar - 1 (1 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Ruiz - 2 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Campbell - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Duarte - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Ureña - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Blind - 3
de Guzmán - 1
Depay - 1
Huntelaar - 1
Janmaat - 1
Bolaños - 2
Campbell - 1
Díaz - 1
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