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Kazakhstan – Netherlands Preview: Van Persie not giving up Euro 2016 hope

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The striker is confident his side can still qualify for Euro 2016 in the final two games and is set to win his 100th cap in Saturday’s match

Robin van Persie remains hopeful Netherlands can qualify for Euro 2016 heading into Saturday’s away game against Kazakhstan.

The Dutch sit fourth in Group A with 10 points from eight games and desperately need a win in Astana at the weekend.

Additionally, they need third-placed Turkey to slip up in their remaining two fixtures – and Van Persie is confident that is exactly what will happen.

“Don’t ask me why, but I believe Turkey will definitely spill points in their last two games,” Van Persie told De Telegraaf.

“The Turkish players at Fenerbahce are all confident they will progress, but I have no doubt they will slip up.

“It is now up to us to ensure we bag the full three points in both of our last two games. That is all that matters. It is not important how we win, so long as we win.”

Van Persie will become Netherlands’ eighth centurion if he features against Kazakhstan, but the former Manchester United man is not in a celebratory mood just yet.

“I had different circumstances in mind for such a milestone,” he said.

“I am only thinking about one thing and that is winning Saturday’s match.”

However, Netherlands coach Danny Blind will have to make do without star player Arjen Robben due to injury, while Quincy Promes, Davy Klaassen, Daryl Janm