Netherlands vs Costa Rica by Kamlesh

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Netherlands
VS
Costa-Rica
Netherlands have won all their games in the World Cup till now and they are most scoring team in the tournament so far with 12 goals scored. They have defeated strong teams like Spain, Chile and Mexico to reach the quarter finals. In their last match against Mexico, they were trailing by 1-0 but they showed great determination and fought back to win the game in the closing stages by scoring twice (2-1). Midfielder De Jong is injured.

 

Probable Line-Up:

 

Netherlands: Cillessen (GK); Indi, Vlaar, Vrij, Depay, Blind, Wijnaldum, Kuyt, Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Van Persie

 

Costa Rica are performing well above expectations, having defeated strong teams like Uruguay and Italy and they held England to a goalless draw. In their last match against Greece in the round of 16, they started showing weaknesses. Despite eliminating Greece, the match was tight and it ended on penalty shoot-outs. The team relies on solid defending and tries to play on the counter attack. However, today they will miss their most important defender Duarte through suspension.

 

Probable Line-Up:

 

Costa Rica: Navas (GK); Diaz, Acosta, Gonzalez, Umana, Gamboa, Bolanos, Tejeda, Borges, Ruiz, Campbell

 

Costa Rica will surely defend deeply as they will try to hold on as long as possible. However, with Netherlands in good scoring form, they will have much difficulty to stop quick players like Robben and Van Persie. Besides, Netherlands have one of the best manager in the tournament in the name of Louis Van Gaal. He is very experienced and he has shown much tactical flexibility depending on the opponent. Netherlands are also the most experienced side as they possess high quality players who are used to play in top competitions. Netherlands will surely want to win the game in normal time because if the game extends to extra time or penalty shoot-outs, then anything can happen. As such, they will look to score goals in normal time.

 

Netherlands Asian Handicap -1

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Netherlands AH -1 Sbobet 1.98 8 0-0 LOST (-8 units)
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