Super Lig Wrap 20: Besiktas going full steam ahead as Istanbul rivals slip up

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The Super League Round of 20 saw Beşiktaş return after being snowed out for the past fortnight. Fenerbahçe suffered a shock defeat while reigning champions Galatasaray continue to deteriorate.

Osmanlıspor 4-0 Sivasspor

Osmanlıspor’s resurgence at home continued with a 4-0 victory over Sivasspor. The Ankara based side had the worst home record in the league just a fortnight ago having picked up just six points at the Osmanlı stadium all season. The newly promoted side have now increased their home points tally to 10. Sivasspor meanwhile extended their losing streak to four and dropped into the relegation zone.

Antalyaspor 4-2 Fenerbahçe

The surprise of the week was Antalyaspor crushing league leaders Fenerbahçe at home. Samuel Eto’o put on a footballing masterclass scoring, providing an assist and captaining his side against the Yellow Canaries. Fenerbahçe were dealt a further blow when Mehmet Topal and Josef de Souza picked up a yellow card suspension for next weeks game. Lazar Markovic has also been ruled out of the Kasımpaşa game next week due to injury.

Kayserispor 0-1 Mersin

Mersin are finally showing signs of life and that probably has something to do with recently appointed manager Ümit Ozat shaking things up. Kayserispor are showing worrying sings losing their last two games and dropping close to relegation zone.

Bursaspor 3-3 Başakşehir

Başakşehir are renowned for their defence but all that flew out the window in their six goal thriller against Bursaspor. The Hamza Hamzaoğlu revolution is in full swing as Green Crocodiles stretched their unbeaten run to four games – they will however, be without Necid who was sent off. Başakşehir meanwhile continue pushing for a European spot. The Istanbul minnows are joint third alongside Galatasaray and Kasımpaşa on 34 points.

Galatasaray 0-0 Konyaspor

The reigning champions season is going from bad to worse. The Lions dropped points again this week drawing against Konyaspor. Galatasaray also sold star striker Burak Yılmaz to Beijing Goaon which was followed by striker Sinan Gümüş picking up an injury and there was yet further misery following news that Lukas Podolski will also be sidelined next week.

Rizespor 1-1 Eskişehirspor

Eskişehirspor remain rock bottom but have only lost one of their last four games and are starting to catch up with the teams directly above them.

Akhisar 2-1 Trabzonspor

Trabzonspor went into 2016 with the aim of making it into Europe but at this rate they will be lucky to escape a relegation fight. Akhisar meanwhile continue to punch above their weight on a shoestring budget. The Akigolar are now currently just one point off joint third placed Galatasaray, Başakşehir and Kasımpaşa.

Beşiktaş 4-0 Gaziantepspor

Beşiktaş missed their last two league games due to both matches being abandoned as a result of heavy snow. The Black Eagles returned to the league with a bang and wiped the floor with Gaziantepspor. Beşiktaş stars Özyakup and Töre both scored while in-form striker Mario Gomez bagged a brace to take his goal tally in the league to 15 making him the current goal king. The Istanbul giants could have scored more and totally dominated from start to end.

Kasımpaşa 0-1 Gençlerbirliği

Gençlerbirliği appointed their fifht – yes fifth – manager a fortnight ago bringing in former Beşiktaş legend Ibrahim Üzülmez as head coach. Üzülmez which means – one who never gets sad – was nicknamed Crazy Ibo during his playing days and have to be a tad mad to take on the role but three games in the Ankara based side have three victories under their belt.