Turkish League Previews & Predictions 24: Can Besiktas be stopped?

The Turkish league regained some normality last week with Besiktas, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Basaksehir all winning.

Nothing much changed at the top and if Basaksehir, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are to stand any chance of getting back in the title race Besiktas will have to start dropping points.

But can anyone stop Besiktas this season?

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Osmanlispor v Bursaspor

Osmanlispor have lost their last four games at home. Not to be outdone Bursaspor have lost their last five away games. Stay well clear of this match up!

Galatasaray v Genclerbirligi

Igor Tudor finally got his first victory as Galatasaray manager. The former Juventus boss has been ruthless, chopping any dissenters with the click of his fingers. Tudor has brought in a tough training regime to whip his side into shape and it is starting to show results. The Lions are working harder, pressing higher up the field and have been more physical. Genclerbirligi have a woeful away record and it is difficult seeing them hold out against a Galatasaray side looking for their next victim.

Prediction: Galatasaray Win WIN

Gaziantepspor v Kasimpasa

Gaziantepspor may be last in the league but they have been wildly unpredictable over recent weeks. Meanwhile Kasimpasa have an abysmal away record. This is another game to clear from.

Konyaspor v Basaksehir

Basaksehir are undefeated in 30 of their last 32 matches. They are no longer Istanbul minnows and are currently the only side left in the title race along with leaders Besiktas. Basaksehir continue to offer value as bookmakers carry onto underestimate Abdullah Avci’s boys. Konyaspor are no pushovers at home but Basaksehir are more than capable with leaving Konya with a point or more.

Prediction: Basaksehir Draw no Bet WIN

Besiktas v Kayserispor

As long as the Black Eagles fantastic four stay fit and healthy it is difficult seeing anyone stop Besiktas’ march to the title this season. Quaresma and Babel play out wide, Anderson Talisca features as a No.10 and Cenk Tosun has been the star man upfront. Even without Tosun, Besiktas have Vincent Aboubakar who demonstrated just what he is capable of against Olympiakos on Thursday.

Prediction: Besiktas Win LOSS

Rizespor v Antalyaspor

Antalyaspor have lost their last two games but I would not say they are in bad form. They were unlucky against Galatasaray last week and without Samuel Eto’o. Well the former Barcelona man is back in action and Rizespor are in for trouble.

Prediction: Antalyaspor Draw No Bet WIN

Akhisar v Trabzonspor

If you only factor in 2017 Trabzonspor would be 2nd, just one point behind Besiktas. Unfortunately for the Black Sea Storm the entire season is taken into account in the league table but there is no denying they look a totally different side. 20-year-old attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici has been the story of the new year and 22-year-old midfielder Okay Yokuslu is not far behind.

Prediction: Trabzonspor Win WIN