Holland and Sweden face crucial Euro qualifier fixtures

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Holland and Sweden face crucial Euro qualifier fixtures

Teams across Europe are gearing up for the Euro 2016 qualifier matches kicking off on Thursday.

It will be a crunch game for the Netherlands on Saturday as they take on Kazakhstan in Astana.

The Kazachs are out the picture themselves but Holland, who are lying fourth in Group A, have to beat them and the Czech Republic to make it through.

Failure to qualify would mean Holland missing out on a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup, while the last time they failed to qualify for the European Championships was in 1984.

Friday night could also turn out to be a nail-biting fixture for Sweden they take on Liechtenstein away.

The Scandinavians are the clear favourites on paper but having lost both their September Group G games Liechtenstein will be looking to play on their nerves.

Sweden’s campaign unraveled when they lost 1-0 away to Russia and then 4-1 to Austria at home, leaving them third in the group.

On the plus side the have won their last three games against Lichtenstein.