Fenerbache and Besiktas set to battle it out for the Turkish title
The Turkish Süper Lig has slowly become a two horse race between two of the big three clubs: Fenerbahce and Besiktas, who currently sit nine points clear of the rest, with last season’s champions, Galatasaray languishing in fifth.
The current leaders Fenerbahce have been mightily impressive, with a recent run of 25 games undefeated, ended by Antalyspor on 5th February. This looked to be a blip for the ‘Sarı Kanaryalar’ though as they beat Kasimpasa 3-1 last Friday and followed this up with a win in the Europa League on Tuesday night against Lokomotiv Moscow.
Besiktas sit four points adrift of the leaders, but have two games in hand, with Wednesday night’s game at home to Mersin Idmanyurdu offering the chance to close the gap to a single point. Besiktas have been in good league form, with an excellent 4-0 against Gaziantepspor followed by an away draw at Instanbul BB.
The battle for the Turkish title is looking very likely go the distance, although the meeting of the two sides on the 29th February at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu, could have a huge impact on where the Super Lig trophy goes in May. The bookies can barely split them with bet365 offering 5/6 on Fenerbahce while Besiktas are available at Even money.
As the top two increase their vice-like grip on the UEFA Champions League places, there is a real battle on for the two Europa League places, with as many as five sides still in the hunt.
Akhisar Belediye continue to surprise in third place with the help of in form striker Hugo Rodallega, who has hit thirteen goals this season. A run of just one defeat in eleven matches is one of the best in the Super Lig at the moment, with a big game against Instabul BB to come this weekend.
Galatasaray’s disappointing season continues, with a current run of three Super Lig games without a victory, seeing them slip down the table and some fifteen points behind the leaders. They take on Trabzonspor at the weekend, as they look to get back on track, although the Turkish Cup is realistically their best hope for a trophy this season, with a semi-final to come.
Istanbul BB, Konyaspor and Kasimpasa are also in the mix, with varied form over the last few weeks, although Kasimpasa especially are struggling with a run of five games without a victory.
At the bottom, Sivasspor, Mersin Idmanyurdu and Eskisehirspor remain in the relegation places, five adrift of Kayserispor and safety. However Mersin Idmanyurdu’s two successive victories including a victory over Galatasaray and Eskisehirspor’s three wins in the last five matches, offer plenty of hope for survival, going into the latter half of the season.