Turkish League Previews 14: Can Besiktas Be Stopped? Will Galatasaray Bounce Back? Are Basaksehir Struggling With The Pressure?

Our current season record is 17 Wins – 12 Loss.

Alanyaspor vs Besiktas

Besiktas have won their last three games – two being away games. The Black Eagles have hit a rich vein of form unlike Alanyaspor who have lost four of their last five games.

Prediction: Besiktas Win

Sivasspor vs Goztepe

It is getting to that stage of year when going to Sivas becomes one of the toughest away trips in the league. It doesn’t just get cold in winter. It gets freezing. Few teams can cope with the climate contrast from the pleasant coastal regions to the harsh inner Anatolian steppe.

Prediction: Sivasspor Draw No Bet

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Trabzonspor vs Konyaspor

Both sides are in good form of late. I just fancy Trabzonspor at home. It is a really tough away fixture and the Black Sea based side have been whipping up a storm lately.

Galatasaray vs Rizespor

Galatasaray have won just two of their last 10 league games. The reigning Super Lig champions have a serious problem. They can’t score goals. The team has just one outright striker in Eren Derdiyok and he has not scored in his last four games. I expect Fatih Terim to shake things up at some stage. There are several academy players hoping to get a shot after the success of Ozan Kabak. The 18-year-old defender is a star name for the Lions since getting his big break. Luckily for Galatasaray they are facing the worst team in the league. If the Lions can’t beat Rizespor at home there really is a crisis.

Prediction: Galatasaray Win

Erzurumspor vs Malatyaspor

Very tough game to predict in this Eastern Anatolian derby.

Bursaspor vs Antalyaspor

Both teams are in good form. The advantage Bursaspor have is that the Crocodile Arena is one a fortress of a stadium.

Prediction: Bursaspor Win

Akhisar vs Fenerbahce

It is still difficult to believe Fenerbahce are 15th in the league. Akhisar meanwhile are 16th. Under normal circumstances, Fenerbahce would be the obvious choice but they are too risky to back right now.

Kasimpasa vs Kayserispor

Kayserispor are leaking goals. Kasimpasa can’t stop scoring. The visitors are facing a recipe for disaster.

Prediction: Kasimpasa Win

Ankaragucu vs Basaksehir

Can Basaksehir slip up again? the league leaders lost last week. Is the pressure starting to get to them? I think the visitors are in for a tough test against Ankaragucu. They are no longer treated like minnows. Expect the home side to raise their game.

Prediction: Ankaragucu Draw No Bet