Netherlands vs Costa Rica preview – Quarter Final 4

netherlands-vs-costa-ricaThe fourth and final Quarter Final match of the 2014 World Cup will be played on Saturday 5th July 2014 between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

Scheduled to kick off at 5.00pm local time or 6.00am AEST Sunday morning 6th July Melbourne time, the winner will play in a Semi Final match up against either Argentina or Belgium.

These two sides have never met at World Cup or International level and online bookmaker Sportsbet has the Netherlands a commanding $1.50 favourite over Costa Rica, who are at the big odds of $7.50, while the draw is paying $4.20.

 NETHERLANDS vs COSTA RICA 

When: Saturday 5th July 2014
Time: 5.00pm local time (6:00am AEST Sat 5th July Melbourne time)
Where: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
Yet to meet at International level

2014 World Cup form

NETHERLANDS

WON 5 – 1 Spain – Group
WON 3 – 2 Australia – Group
WON 2 – 0 Chile – Group
WON 2 – 1 Mexico – QF

The Netherlands have cruised through to the Quarter Finals and arguably their hardest match was against Australia durung the group stages. They defeated Spain comfortably, got past the Socceroos by a solitary goal, then disposed of Chile in comfortable fashion. Facing Mexico in the Round of 16 they came away with a 2-1 victory to set up a meeting with Costa Rica.

The Dutch have scored a whopping 12 goals courtesy of three goals to Arjen Robben & Robin van Persie, while Memphis Depay also chimed in with a couple of his own.

COSTA RICA

WON 3 – 1 Uruguay – Group
WON 1 – 0 Italy – Group
DRAW 0 – 0 England – Group
WON 1 – 1 (Pen) Greece – QF

Costa Rica surprised many by finishing on top of Group D, which included strong footballing nations in Uruguay, Italy & England. They defeated the Uruguayans and Italians before drawing with the English to win the group. Costa Rica defeated Greece on penalties in the Round of 16 matches to set up a meeting with the Netherlands in the Quarter Finals.

Brian Ruiz (2), Joel Campbell, Oscar Duarte and Marco Urena have all found the net for Costa Rica during the tournament to date and they have conceded two goals along the way.

Sportsbet odds for Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Netherlands $1.50
Draw $4.20
Costa Rica $7.50

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Netherlands vs Costa Rica match prediction

Suspension to Oscar Duarte and injury to Roy Charles is not ideal for Costa Rica heading into a Quarter Final match up at the World Cup against an in form, quality team like the Netherlands.

Add the extra-time Round of 16 battle against Greece, and the ensuing penalty shoot out for the Costa Ricans, and the Dutch side will certainly go in the fresher team.

Offensively the Netherlands have many options whereas Costa Rica appear to have limited ability to find the net at this stage of the tournament.

We fancy the Netherlands to be much too good for Costa Rica and expect them to advance to the Semi Finals by a couple of goals.

Netherlands (-1.0) @ $2.40 at Sportsbet

Back the Netherlands to win with a minus one handicap at Sportsbet or head over to Betfair to get the best odds you can for the win.

The over 2.5 goals @ $1.99 for this match is also worth considering as it has the potential for a few goals.

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