Louis van Gaal's men are red-hot favourites to reach the semi-finals, with William Hill offering odds of just 2/9 (1.22) for the Dutch to qualify, while the 2010 World Cup runners-up are chalked up at 1/2 (1.50) with the same firm to win inside 90 minutes.
Costa Rica, though, have already defied the odds to reach this stage of the competition and Jorge Luis Pinto's men will be eyeing another upset when they line up in Salvador on Saturday night.
The enormity of the challenge facing Los Ticos is underlined by the chunky 3/1 (4.0) quote from William Hill for Costa Rica to advance to the last four while the same firm offer 6/1 (7.0) for Pinto's side to prevail inside 90 minutes.
Louis Van Gaal's side struggled against Mexico last weekend but they can be backed at 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill to triumph in the European handicap market (-1) in Saturday's quarter-final tie.
Arjen Robben found himself in the centre of a media storm after admitting that he dived against Mexico in the last round but the Bayern Munich winger's fine form means that he is capable of making the headlines for all the right reasons in Salvador on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old is available at an appealing 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill to open the scoring this weekend while the same firm offer an appealing 23/20 (2.15) that Robben finds the net at any time.
If Costa Rica are to cause yet another sensation in Brazil, striker Brian Ruiz is likely to be a key protagonist.
The Fulham frontman broke the deadlock against both Italy and Greece and the 28-year-old can be backed at a juicy 12/1 (13.0) to net the opening goal of the game on Saturday night.
Costa Rica have had a sensational World Cup but their adventure should be ended by Louis Van Gaal's classy Netherlands outfit.
The Dutch demolished Spain 5-1 in their opening match and, should they replicate that form here, they should blast past a Costa Rica side likely to be running on empty after their heroic last 16 victory over Greece.
The 23/20 (2.15) quote from William Hill for Arjen Robben to net at any time carries plenty of appeal here but it is the generous 11/8 (2.38) quote for Netherlands (-1) in William Hill's handicap market that is the recommended play for punters this weekend.
|Netherlands (-1) at 11/8 (2.38) 2pts stake with William Hill
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