Turkish League Previews 20: Can Galatasaray Challenge Basaksehir After Spending Spree

Our current season record is 27 Wins – 18 Loss

Fenerbahce vs Goztepe

Fenerbahce finally won a game but it was hardly a walk in the park. The Yellow Canaries strengthened over the winter break bringing in Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea as well as Serdar Aziz, Tolgay Arslan and Miha Zajc who signed on transfer deadline day. There is no doubt about it. The Yellow Canaries are on paper at least a far better side now. Goztepe have lost their last two games and I don’t see that trend changing tonight.

Prediction: Fenerbahce Win

Malatyaspor vs Kayserispor

Malatyaspor lost last week against Fenerbahce but boy did they make the home side sweat. The Eastern Anatolian based side brought in Aboubakar Kamara from Fulham on loan. Let’s see if Mr self-proclaimed ‘AK 47’ can fire his side back into form.

Prediction: Malatyaspor Win

Kasimpasa vs Sivasspor

Kasimpasa lost their star striker Mbaye Diagne to Galatasaray over the transfer window without bringing in a replacement. The Senegal international scored an astonishing 20 goals. I expect the Istanbul minnows to struggle without their star man.

Prediction: Sivasspor -0 (Draw No Bet)

Trabzonspor vs Ankaragucu

Trabzonspor have yet to win in 2019. I expect that to change against an Ankaragucu side who have really been struggling of late.

Prediction: Trabzonspor Win

Alanyaspor vs Galatasaray

Alanyaspor lost star defender Merih Demiral to Sassuolo a few days ago. Galatasaray meanwhile went on a signing spree bringing in the likes of Super Lig top scorer Mbaye Diagne, Kostas Mitroglou and Christian Luyindama. The new look Lions are a far more physically imposing side. They have already won their first three games. Expect that trend to continue.

Prediction: Galatasaray Win

Erzurum BB vs Rizespor

Staying clear of trying to predict this relegation scrap.

Akhisarspor vs Basaksehir

The only way I see Basaksehir drop points against bottom of the league Akhisar is if the pressure of potentially winning the league gets to them.

Prediction: Basaksehir Win

Antalyaspor vs Besiktas

Antalyaspor have started to fall off the pace over recent weeks. Besiktas stumbled in the last round of games but did strengthen over the winter period and it will be interesting to see how Shinji Kagawa does.

Prediction: Besiktas Win