Netherlands vs Costa Rica preview World Cup 2014: A statistical look at the quarter-final in Salvador

WhoScored.com take a look at the stats to suggest how the upcoming matches may pan out and where each game could be won and lost.

The last quarter-final will no doubt be viewed as the most one-sided but one need only watch Costa Rica's impressive dispatch of Uruguay and Italy to know not to underestimate the Central Americans.

Netherlands will be without their midfield destroyer in Nigel de Jong so the likes of Ruiz and Bolanos will look to drift infield to find space, as they have all tournament. The Dutch won't be taking the game lightly and may well be content to play on the counter themselves, which has proved successful to now.

Arjen Robben, a figure of controversy last time out, is of course key to such a tactic and has certainly thrived in the role alongside Van Persie, drifting right and cutting inside as he so often does at club level. The Bayern winger is the second top rated player of the tournament so far according to WhoScored.com (8.91) and he and the aforementioned United front man will look to exploit any lack of organisation in a defence that will be missing a key component in Oscar Duarte (suspended).

 


Jorge Luis Pinto's side have conceded just twice to now, one of which came from the spot, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas having also carried his superb club form into the tournament. The battle on the Costa Rica right will be an interesting one, with 42% of their attacking touches coming down that side, while the Dutch have focused 43% of their moves down the left. This will be another game that sees two teams deploy a similar formation and though Van Gaal's is slightly more attacking, neither side will likely dominate possession on Saturday.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn