Holland v Costa Rica Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

4th July 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
Holland v Costa Rica

Holland v Costa Rica Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

The Dutch will have been delighted with the surprise progress of Costa Rica at the World Cup. Louis van Gaal’s men look to have the easiest of the quarter final ties. Holland have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches now, their only loss coming in the 2010 final against Spain. This is the first meeting between the two nations, and the Dutch are running as strong favourites here. In the last four World Cup matches in which they have been behind in regular time, they have come back to win. They have done it twice in this tournament against Spain and Mexico. So they have some fight.

Holland have never lost to a CONCACAF team at the World Cup (W1 D1) and in current form, Holland have won their last six matches in a row now. They have had seven different players score for them so far in the tournament, but the top options in the anytime goalscorer market for them are Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben who are both even money favourites. Wesley Sneijder has scored five goals in his last five World Cup knockout matches. Given the way that Holland’s games have gone so far, it is probably going to be worth looking over 2.5 goals. The Netherlands have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 World Cup knockout matches, so a shot at Both Teams To Score could be value too.

This is the furthest that Los Ticos have ever gone at the World Cup and that coincides with them going unbeaten in four World Cup matches for the first time ever (W2 D2). They are the first CONCACAF nation since the USA back in 2002 to reach the quarter final. They look to have a big uphill task ahead of them in this one as heavy underdogs. Costa Rica have only beaten on European side in their last seven encounters, but that did come in this World Cup when they beat Italy in the group stage (W1 D3 L3).

However, Los Ticos have scored in all but one of their nine matches in the World Cup against European teams. That only blip was against England in their final group stage this year. They have been defensively stronger than anyone had expected them to be, and Keylor Navas has stopped 87.5% of all shots against him in the tournament. They only had one shot on target in their round of sixteen against Greece, and that was the shot from which Bryan Ruiz (4/1 in the anytime goalscorer market) scored.

Holland v Costa Rica Odds

Holland 1/2, Draw 3/1, Costa Rica 7/1

Online betting site Ladbrokes have a money back special running for the quarter finals of the World Cup. If any of the four quater final matches goes to a penalty shoot out, then the bookmaker will refund lost stakes on the losing Correct Score, First Goalscorer and Scorecast bets on that particular match.

Holland v Costa Rica Betting Tips

Over 2.5 goals as Holland are scoring well and Costa Rica have good history of scoring against European teams

Robin van Persie is good even money value in the anytime goalscorer market

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