World Cup quarters - what stats say: part 2

ANDY FYERS
Last updated 05:00 05/07/2014
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DUE A GOAL: Belgium's Eden Hazard is yet to score a goal at this World Cup.

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Yesterday we looked at the World Cup stats of teams involved in today's quarterfinals. Now we break down the chances of the other four teams in the last eight.

ARGENTINA

Argentina have done just enough in each of their four games so far, winning each by one goal. 

They needed an extra-time winner from Lionel Messi to get past Iran in the group stage and then scored late in added time again in their round of 16 clash against Switzerland to advance. 

They have only managed six open play goals so far in the tournament, despite launching the most attacks of any remaining team and coming equal-second in the shots taken department. 

The have dominated possession in all four of their games to date. 

Defensively they have only given up three goals, two of those in one group stage game. 

A good stat: Argentina have had 49 shots on target, more than 12 per game.

A bad stat: Argentina have scored 0.09 goals per shots taken. 

Key player: Lionel Messi is widely regarded as the best player in the world and is well in the hunt for the Golden Boot award with four to his name so far. 

TAB odds: To advance to semifinals: $1.47. To win outright: $4.75

BELGIUM

Like their quarterfinal opponents Argentina, Belgium have won each of their games thus far by a single goal. 

In their round of 16 clash with the United States they hammered away at Tim Howard's goal, forcing him into a record 16 saves, while having 27 shots on target and a staggering 38 in total. 

With a little more luck, some slicker finishing and a mere mortal in the opposition's goal, Belgium might've run a up a big win and be the team on every lips right now. 

As it was they needed two extra time goals to get through. 

Defensively Belgium have been excellent also, conceding just two goals, including one in the dying minutes of extra time against the USA. The other was a penalty to Algeria in the 25th minute of their opening group game. 

A good stat: Belgium have had more shots on target than any other quarterfinalist with 55. 

A bad stat: They might have created plenty of shooting opportunities but Belgium have managed just six goals in 390 minutes of football (plus added time). 

Key player: Eden Hazard is yet to score a goal at this World Cup but has two assists and his 4.5 successful dribbles per game is fourth best at the World Cup. 

TAB odds: To advance to semifinals: $2.55. To win outright: $13. 

COSTA RICA

Costa Rica have been the fairytale story of this World Cup. Drawn in a group with three of the Fifa world-ranked top 10 teams (England, Italy and Uruguay), few expected them to advance to the last 16, let alone top their group.

Without knowing the results of their games, a glance at Costa Rica's stats would not suggest they are final eight team. They have scored only five goals from just 15 shots on target. To put it in perspective Belgium had almost twice that number in just one game against the United States. 

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At the other end of the pitch Costa Rica are yet another quarterfinal team with a good defensive numbers, having conceded just two goals. 

A good stat: A goals per shot ratio of 0.33, equal best amongst quarterfinalists. 

A bad stat: Costa Rica have a total shot ratio (TSR) of 0.39. Meaning their opponents have taken 61 per cent of the shots in their games so far. 

Key player:  If the pattern of their previous games unfold again, Costa Rica will need goalkeeper Keylor Navas to be at his best. Navas has made 14 saves at a save rate of 87.5 per cent in the tournament. 

TAB odds: To advance to semifinals: $4.20. To win outright: $50.

THE NETHERLANDS

The Dutch caused the first major shock of the tournament. Not so much by beating reigning World Cup champions Spain, but by scoring five goals in the process. 

The Dutch have been ruthless in front of goal this tournament. Scoring the most goals (12) out of a total of just 51 shots, 44 of which have been on target. 

At the defensive end they have conceded the most of any quarterfinalist (4), although that still only equates to a goal per game against them. 

A good stat: The Netherlands have been on target with 74.55 per cent of their shots. 

A bad stat: The Netherlands have given up 76 fouls, the most of any quarterfinalist. 

Key player: Take your pick between Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie. The dangerous duo has terrorised defenders all tournament with six goals and an assist between them. 

TAB odds: To advance to semifinals: $1.20. To win outright: $5.

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