Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Cillessen, Vrij, Vlaar, Indi, Janmaat, Wijnaldum, Blind, Kuyt, Sneijder, Robben, Persie
Netherlands will be without hard man Nigel de Jong after a groin injury will rule him out of the World Cup regardless of who emerges as the winner from this upcoming match. Louis van Gaal will play a three man defence with Daryl Janmaat and Dirk Kuyt deployed as wing-backs. Bruno Martins Indi returns to the starting line up and will be playing amongst the back three.
Costa Rica (5-4-1): Navas, Gamboa, Umana, Gonzalez, Acosta, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell
Costa Rica look to continue their amazing World Cup form by keeping their formation unchanged as it has been working for them till this point. However, with a red card hanging over Oscar Duarte, he will miss the vital quarter final class with Holland as Johnny Acosta should be the one taking his place in a five man defence.
Costa Rica began their campaign with a huge 3-1 victory over Uruguay. Having never reached this stage before, could they cause another similar upset against a very confident Dutch side?
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica: An Alternative Preview
Netherlands have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches, with the only blip in this run being their 2010 final defeat against Spain.
Costa Rica are unbeaten in four World Cup games for the very first time (W2 D2).
Los Ticos became the first CONCACAF team since the USA in 2002 to reach the quarter-final phase of the World Cup.
This will be the first ever meeting between the Netherlands and Costa Rica.
The Netherlands have now turned their last four World Cup games in which they fell behind in regular time (90 mins, not inc. ET) into a victories.
Seven different players have scored for the Netherlands at this World Cup.
The Netherlands have never lost to a CONCACAF team at the World Cup (W1 D1, both against Mexico).
Costa Rica have beaten just one European side in their last seven encounters with teams from that continent, though this did come against Italy earlier in the World Cup (D3 L3).
Los Ticos have scored in all but one of their nine World Cup matches against teams from Europe, failing to score against England earlier in the tournament.
Wesley Sneijder has scored five goals in his last five World Cup knockout matches for the Netherlands.
Sneijder has played more World Cup games than any other Dutchman (15).
The Netherlands have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 World Cup knockout games, last keeping a shutout against Ireland in 1994.
Bryan Ruiz scored with Costa Rica’s only shot on target in the match against Greece.
Keylor Navas has saved 87.5% of the shots he’s faced at the World Cup so far, making 14 saves.