Louis van Gaal’s team might struggle to break down a Costa Rica side who will be looking to pinch a goal from set pieces
Opposing Costa Rica in this World Cup has been an expensive business. A 3-1 win against Uruguay was followed up by a 1-0 victory against Italy, with Jorge Luis Pinto’s team cementing top spot in Group D with a goalless draw against England.
Some felt that the last sixteen was as far as the Central Americans could get, although the Greeks were seen off on penalties and they are now eyeing the possibility of claiming a semi-final berth against either Argentina or Belgium.
Bet365 free bet offer 7/1 about a Costa Rica win in ninety minutes and there are several reasons for backing the Group D winners to continue their amazing journey.
For starters, they might benefit from the Dutch having to play on the front foot, just as they did when profiting against the Uruguayans and Italians. The likes of Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell have pace in abundance and the Netherlands aren’t blessed with the best defenders in this tournament.
Similarly, the Netherlands are better themselves on the counter-attack. Yes, they thrashed Spain 5-1 although that was partly due to La Roja holding a high line and a stuttering 3-2 win against Australia illustrated that Van Gaal’s side can be exposed.
Mexico will be kicking themselves that they didn’t see the game out at 1-0 with a handful of minutes left and El Tri were also on the receiving end of some poor challenges.
Taking all these things into account, we can’t back the Dutch with too much confidence at 1/2 with Sky Bet. They are by no means bankers on Saturday and they continue to be reliant on Arjen Robben’s injection of pace to break down a solid Costa Rican defence.
You can lay the Dutch on betfair knowing that for every £1 risked, you can win £2 if Van Gaal’s team don’t win in ninety minutes and we should note that clean sheets were kept against Italian and English attacks which were as equally dangerous as the Netherlands.
Therefore, it is certainly worth chancing the 18/1 about Costa Rica claiming this game by a single goal, with the Central Americans likely to have more belief if the match continues to remain goalless.