Netherlands vs Costa Rica Betting
After looking great in group play the Netherlands needed two late goals to get by Mexico in the round of 16.
They are facing the feel-good squad of the World Cup in Costa Rica, who won the Group of Champions and dispatched Greece on penalty kicks in the round of 16.
The Netherlands is the World Cup betting favorites at Bovada at -190 with Costa Rica at +665 and a draw line of +375.
Not only did Costa Rica beat Greece. But they played most of the second half with 10 men and held Greece scoreless with a man down in extra time.
Costa Rica has played great defense so far in the World Cup and they face a Dutch squad that has 12 goals so far. Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie have three goals apiece and Wesley Sneijder, who has not looked great in the midfield, scored the first goal for the Netherlands in the Mexico match.
Sneijder and the Dutch midfield must play well and they have more talent at that area of the pitch, so they need to take advantage of that and create scoring chances.
While the Dutch offense has looked great the same cannot be said about their defense. They must key on Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz, who have scored three of Costa Rica’s five goals.
Los Ticos will put up a good effort, but with the offense of the Dutch they will lose this match and Holland will advance to the quarterfinals.
Prediction: 2-0 Netherlands