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Netherlands vs Costa Rica

World Cup 2014 quarter-final
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Kick-off: 21:00
Live on BBC One

Netherlands heavy favourites

Louis van Gaal will lead his team out on a balmy evening in Salvador hoping his side can be the fourth and final side to confirm their place in the semi-finals and there won't be many people thinking they won't.

Holland were exhilarating in their opening match of the tournament, dismantling defending champions Spain 5-1, but have yet to really match that in terms of performance since.

However, Van Gaal will be pleased his side have still managed to keep the winning habit, as they survived something of a scare against Australia and ground out a professional win against a very impressive Chile side. The round of 16 win against Mexico had an air of fortune with a contentious injury time penalty, but Oranje will be confident of overcoming their Central American opponents.

They will have to do it without midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong, whose tournament was ended early on in the Mexico win due to a groin strain. Memphis Depay has scored twice as a a substitute so far in the tournament and will get a chance to impress, while Bruno Martins Indi is adjudged to have sufficiently recovered from concussion to warrant a starting place ahead of Paul Verhaegh.

Surprise package

Costa Rica have been the biggest surprise package in Brazil so far and have done so playing some very entertaining football in the process.

They were written off in a group containing England, Uruguay and Italy but finished top of it with two wins and a draw, only conceding from a penalty. The round of 16 clash with Greece was more of a grinding victory as they had to play much of normal time and all of extra-time with ten men following the sending off of Oscar Duarte, who is suspended tonight and replaced by Johnny Acosta.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas was sensational in that victory, making numerous crucial saves during the game, as well as getting a decisive hand to the only penalty missed in the shoot-out with the Greeks, and he is fit to start after missing training in the week with a shoulder injury.

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has been impressive throughout the tournament, leading to much speculation about whether he would be given a chance to shine at Emirates Stadium or secure a big-money move.

He was exhausted in the match with Greece, though casually slotted home his penalty, and Costa Rica manager Jorge Pinto will be hoping his star man can show more of the slick attacking play he was making a name for himself with.

Confirmed teams

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

Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Wijnaldum, Depay.

Opta stats

- Holland have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches, the exception being their defeat in the final to Spain four years ago.

- Oranje have scored an 12 goals at this World Cup prior to the quarter-finals - more than any other team. Seven of their 12 goals have come from different players.

- They have won the last four World Cup matches in which they have fallen behind, inside 90 minutes.

- Costa Rica are unbeaten in four World Cup games for the very first time (W2, D2).

- They are the first CONCACAF country to reach the quarter-finals since the USA in 2002.

- Costa Rica have conceded the joint-fewest goals (two) at the World Cup.

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