Netherlands Currently 1.50 To Beat Costa Rica

Published on July 1st, 2014 7:39 pm EST

The four quarter-final matches of the 2014 World Cup have now been set - they are:

France vs Germany
Brazil vs Columbia
Argentina vs Belgium
Holland vs Costa Rica

While Brazil, Argentina and Germany are the three current favourites to win the tournament, all three teams have been under-performing expectations, and all three teams have tough quarter-final opponents. France and Columbia have both outperformed expectations, while Belgium finally seemed to get things together against the United States, as they thoroughly dominated en route to a 2-1 victory in extra time. If not for a strong performance from the US goalkeeper, Belgium may have won by 2 or 3 goals.

The Netherlands, which finished the Group stage with a perfect 3-0-0 record, will have the easiest match of the quarter-finals when they take on Costa Rica. Sure, Costa Rica has had a Cinderella ride so far, emerging from a Group that included Uruguay, Italy and England, but it is thought that they won't have enough firepower to contend with the Dutch side.

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Here are the current betting odds for all four games:

France 3.20
Draw 3.30
Germany 2.45

Brazil 1.80
Draw 3.80
Columbia 4.75

Argentina 2.10
Draw 3.40
Belgium 3.60

Holland 1.50
Draw 4.33
Costa Rica 8.00

As you can see, only two teams, Holland and Brazil, have better than 2.00 odds of winning. However, can you say with complete confidence that Brazil is a clear favourite over Columbia? I'm not sure that I can.

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There should be some phenomenal games in the Quarter Finals - might we see some more surprising results?

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