The fixture between Holland and Costa Rica in the quarter-finals of the World Cup brings together one of the best teams from Europe and the only representative from Central America in the last eight of the tournament. Holland have the ability to win this match with ease especially as the Costa Ricans seem to be mentally and physically exhausted from playing well above expectations. Asian bookmakers make Holland big favourites and smart punters are backing them.
Costa Rica are the lowest world ranked side left in the competition and the only survivor in the tournament at this stage without a genuine chance of winning the World Cup. Holland are possibly the best international side to have never been world champions and they have lost in three finals.
In Louis Van Gaal they have a coach who can combine the youth and experience in the squad into an effective unit. The majority of the squad play in the Dutch League and Van Gaal has managed to integrate them with Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie. Both these players are still in contention to win the Golden Boot awarded to the top scorer in the World Cup and be voted player of the tournament. The best sportsbooks like Pinnacle Sports are offering odds on these markets.
Before the World Cup began it appeared that Holland’s defence lacked a leader and there were some inexperienced players in the squad. Key midfielder Kevin Strootman is missing the World Cup because of injury. His contribution has been replaced by the goals of Robben and Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder is playing quite well.
Costa Rica have a core of experienced foreign-based players and the coach has brought stability to the squad. They were under no pressure in the group stage and won a section containing three former world champions. The dynamics against Greece were different in that they had to take the initiative and that almost cost them the match.