Galatasaray predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 20
- Winning Bets: 11
- Average Odds: 3.28
- Overall Stake : 127
- Profit: 187.93
- Yield: 47.98 %
As has been said, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas form ‘the big three’ of Turkish football. Their successes are far beyond anything any other club in country has achieved. With 23 league titles, counting both the Super Lig established in 1959 and the previous National Championship, Galatasaray trail Fenerbahce who have 28, while Besiktas are some way behind on 20. However, the Turkish Football Federation recognizes only the titles won in the current system, and in that aspect, Galatasaray lead the way with 22 champions’ titles. Fenerbahce and Galatasaray contest the fiercest of all derbies in the country. It is referred to as the Intercontinental Derby, with Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena being in the European part of Istanbul, and Fenerbahce’s Sukru Saracoglu Stadium lying in the Asian part of the city. The enmity arose in 1934, when a game between these clubs was abandoned due to the supporters starting a full-scale riot.
The club was formed in 1905, and it is claimed that its name arose from one of their first ever matches, when they beat a local Greek club by 2-0 and were described by the viewers as “Galata Sarayiefendileri” which meant “Gentlemen of Galata Palace”. They were the first Turkish team and were therefore forced to compete initially against English and Greek clubs in the Istanbul League. They remained a part of it until the current system was established in 1959, and they’ve been in the Super Lig ever since. Apart from the 22 Super Lig titles, they have 18 Turkish Cup trophies in their cabinet, a Turkish record, and in 2000, they won the UEFA Cup along with the UEFA Super Cup, their only European trophies so far.