Netherlands vs Costa Rica 07/05/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Costa Rica vs Netherlands
Saturday 5th July 2014 21:00(GMT)
The Line: Netherlands 1/2 Draw 16/5 Costa Rica 13/2 See the Latest Odds
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The dutch were about two minutes from elimination in the round of sixteen, trailing Mexico 1-0 the dutch pulled out all the stops including substituting Robin Van Persie who was having an off day. Wesley Sneijder who had been sub standard for most of the tournament thus far came up with a huge goal to tie the game and then Arjen Robben won a penalty to break Mexican hearts. While many would say that Mexico deserved to go through personally I think the dutch were better on the day, a number of decisions did not go for the dutch but they continued to play their game and not panic. For me its the side of a good team and I cant help but feel that maybe destiny is at play here and the Netherlands are finally getting some of the luck they need to win a big tournament. With Robben, Sneijder, Van Persie and Huntelaar there is plenty of big game experience and bottle which is needed in a team if they are to win a tournament. I love this team and I think that they can go all the way but first they must overcome the fairytale that is Costa Rica.
When going through the groups there were a number of teams that dismissed as just not being good enough and I have to hold mey hands up and say Costa Rica was one of those sides. But this isnt just a fairytale with luck being the dominant factor this is the story of a hard working team playing for each other and believing in themselves. Led by former Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz and young Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell this Costa Rica side has talent and work very very hard. Having only conceded two goals in four games it is obvious that Costa Rica are doing things right at the back but they did have Duarte sent off in the sixtyieth minute in the last round and obviously played the rest of the game and the extra time period with only ten men. This could have an impact on the team in the latter stages of this game.
I do like the Netherlands here but obiously there is no value in the price at 1/2, I think that Costa Rica can hold the Netherlands for an hour here before the dutch eventually get on top and win this one. So I am taking a punt on draw at half time/Netherlands fulltime at a big price of 10/3. Also there has been much mentioned in the media about Van Persie's lack of goals in the knockout stages of tournaments. Look for the dutch captain to put that right here. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo