This Is Why The Turkish Super Lig Is The Most Exciting Title Race In The World – Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray & Basaksehir Locked In Four Horse Race

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Bored of your domestic title race? look no further than the Super Lig if you want to follow a league that still means something.

With just four weeks remaining before we switch our attention to examining the World Cup Odds,  there is still everything to play for in the Turkish championship.

Three points separate leaders Galatasaray from fourth-placed Fenerbahce with Basaksehir and Besiktas level just a point behind the Lions.

Things could have been so different.

It all started according to plan. Basaksehir crushed Kayserispor 3-1. Even Arda Turan got in on the act scoring his first goal since joining the Istanbul based side on loan from Barcelona.

Basaksehir have the easiest run out of the teams remaining in the title race but the big question is do they have the bottle? they didn’t last season. Perhaps Abdullah Avci will be able to get his players to avoid making the same mistake this time around.

Anyway onto Galatasaray. They headed into the Alanyaspor clash having won just one of their last five away games. Two goals inside 20 minutes told the record keepers where to shove their statistics. Then it happened. The Lions managed to concede twice and relied on Sinan Gumus to get them out of jail with a late goal. The Istanbul giants got the victory… just! Are cracks starting to show? we will find out next week against Besiktas.

With Basaksehir and Galatasaray winning Besiktas were under pressure to keep pace. It is so tight at the top now that any slip up could cost the championship. The Black Eagles were coming off the back of an eventful week.

The derby against Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup semi-final had to be abandoned after Besiktas manager Senol Gunes suffered a head injury from an object hurled from the stands.

It all kicked off soon after half-time when a dispute broke out between Besiktas substitute goalkeeper Tolga Zengin and several Fenerbahce fans.

Gunes tried to split it up ended up but ended up being struck on the head by a foreign object from the Fenerbahce stand before collapsing on the floor.

The Besiktas boss was seen holding his head in agony before being escorted down the tunnel.

Gunes required five stitches to be applied in the dressing room before spending the night in hospital.

The manager was welcomed back by Besiktas fans like a triumphant gladiator returning from a battle in the Colosseum. The reigning titleholders got off to a great start when Negredo opened the scoring. Malatyaspor did equalize but Anderson Talisca put his side back ahead with goal number 19 this campaign. Ricardo Quaresma wrapped up all three points with an incredible free-kick effort.

This left Fenerbahce having to win on Monday which they did with ease, crushing Antalyaspor 4-1.