Turkey Super Lig predictions and odds

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Super Lig Standings

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History and General Information

The Süper Lig represents the top flight of professional football in Turkey. According to UEFA’s system of coefficients, it is currently the 11th best-ranked national league in Europe. Still, it’s viewership is often much higher than what the ranking might imply, as is the reach and fame of some of its clubs. That said, Süper Lig teams have always had trouble recording major successes on the international theatre.

We’ll start with a bit of history first. In terms of when a unified national league was formed, Turkey was a bit behind the curve compared to most European countries. The sport was first introduced to the then-Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century, and first attempts to form organized competitions soon followed. This led to the formation of the Istambul League, whose inaugural season was in 1904/05.

However, these competitions were largely confined to a local level. The reasoning was simple – the Ottoman Empire was a failing state on its last legs. As the early 20th century trudged on, Turkey was going through substantial social and political changes. The Empire was collapsing, and a democratic state was to rise from its ashes.

Dramatic statements aside, such turmoil isn’t exactly a great time to organize nation-wide football leagues. Multiple attempts would be made in various cities across Turkey and today’s Greece, but few had any real longevity or impact. Notably, professionalism was introduced in 1952, so the league changed names to the Istambul Professional League.

That being said, though a traditional league was still a ways off, the first competition to bring forth a national champion was the Turkish Football Championship. This was a more typical knock-out tournament which pitted various regional champions against one another. It continued from 1924 to 1951.

Perhaps the closest thing the Süper Lig has to a predecessor is the National Division. Formed in 1937, it unified the best clubs from Ankara, Istambul, and Izmir into a single league.

Still, 1959 is widely considered the first season of the Turkish National League. It consisted of 16 clubs that were still generally from Istambul, Izmir and/or Ankara. Still, football historians consider the winners Fenerbahçe the first true Turkish football champions.

The 2nd League was formed in 1963, which remains in place to this day (though it was renamed to the 1st Lig when as soon as the 1st league took the mantle of Super League.) It immediately introduced the system of promotion and relegation we have today. Interestingly, teams could also be relegated before that. A tournament dubbed the Baraj Games was held at the end of seasons before that, in which the three bottom-placed teams had to defend their league spots against what were essentially wildcard clubs.


The Süper Lig largely conforms to the standards set for top-flight national leagues, with one exception – it consists of only 18 clubs. Beyond that, though, everything should be immediately familiar. The teams face off against each other in a round-robin format between August and May of the following year. Every team plays every other team twice in one home game and one away game.

Points are awarded in the typical 3/1/0 way. The teams are ranked based on points won. In case of a tie, head-to-head statistics are used to determine the table positions, followed by goal difference. There are no playoffs for the title – the best-placed team are awarded the championship. The two bottom-placed teams are relegated to the 1. Lig and replaced by the second flight's best-placed teams. Additionally, the third 16th placed team faces off against the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th teams from the 1. Lig for an additional spot.

Due to the Süper Lig’s coefficient ranking, the champions go straight to the Champions League group stage. The runners-up instead qualify for the second qualifying round. Teams in 3rd and 4th place go to the 3rd and 2nd qualifying rounds of the Europa League, respectively.

Süper Lig Title Challengers

Throughout the league’s history, three teams established themselves as the traditional favourites to lift the Super Lig trophy: Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, and Beşiktaş. They share the majority of title wins between them as well, with a total of 22, 19, and 16 respectively. All three of them are based in the city of Istanbul, albeit in different parts.

Unsurprisingly, these three teams are also the favourites for the upcoming 2020/21 Süper Lig season. If we were to rank them from most likely to least likely to win the upcoming title, we would likely just end up going down last season’s rankings. As reigning champions, Beşiktaş are the natural favourites in most online sportsbooks, with prices sitting at around 3.00. As runners-up, Galatasaray are just behind at 3.25, with Fenerbahçe just behind at 3.50. As you can see, the differences between the teams are almost negligible. It seems the Turkish Süper Lig 2021/22 season will be exciting indeed.

Besides these obvious picks, Trabzonspor are also worth mentioning with odds of around 5.00. They’ve assembled a solid squad over the summer, but the Black Seas side hasn’t been able to match up to the Big 3 since the 80.

Additionally, Basaksehir’s sudden rise to the peak of Turkish football was explosively cut short. After 5 years in the To 4 and a surprise victory in 2019/20, they ended up 12th last season following a gutting transfer period. With odds for them winning again sitting at more than 12, we won’t count them as serious Süper Lig title challengers in 2021/22.


Beşiktaş are here after a roaring season in 2020/21. They won both the Super League and the Turkish Cup, marking their most successful season since 2015/16. Even that reign of dominance didn’t earn them a Cup title, though.

They seem to be gearing up for an equally impressive performance in the coming season, too, with the famed coach Sergen Yalcin spending another €6 million during the transfer period.

However, the overall lineup suffered a lot of changes this summer. Combined with the fact they took last year’s title thanks to a favourable head-to-head record against Galatasaray, their dominance is not a strong as it seems at first glance. Despite the undeniable successes Beşiktaş lined up last season, they’ll still have to cut it close against their traditional rivals.

To be frank, the list of recent transfers is too long to go into detail. Vincent Aboubakar left for the Saudi Al-Nassr, and his departure is sure to leave a mark. Beşiktaş were the highest scoring squad of the previous season, and Aboubakar was the 6th-best goalscorer in the league. Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi was brought in on loan as a likely replacement striker. Dorukhan Toköz also left in a high-profile departure to Trabzonspor.

Right-winger Rachid Ghezzal signed a long-term contract with the club after a very successful loan spell from Leicester. It seems right-back Valentin Rosier will also stay with the club – the loan from Sporting CP was more than fruitful. Follow our Beşiktaş predictions here.


After a heavy disappointment in the upheaval that the 2019/20 season turned out to be, last year turned out to be a return to form for Turkey’s most decorated team. They lost the title, sure, but were still equal in points with Beşiktaş. Moreover, they recorded the lowest concession rate in the competition at just 36, even equaling the champions in terms of the final win rate.

That said, consistency was always a big issue for this team. They can be seen all over the table at any time, sometimes even during the same season. They’ve been known to miss out on Europa League qualifications right after winning the title, after all. That’s a big disadvantage in terms of Super Lig betting – it’s hard to know what to expect from this side.

The summer period was quite different compared to the rest of the Big 3, too. The Lions revamped their lineup in a big way, hinting that coach Fatih Terim is making some major changes. For instance, the midfield received a lot of attention. Alexandru Cicaldau, Berkan Kutlu, and Olimpiu Morutan were all signed. A lot of money was funnelled into the fullbacks, too, with names like Patrick van Aanholt and Victor Nelsson joining the ranks.

All of this gives the squad incredible depth for the coming season. However, it’s interesting to note that the departures are a lot less impactful for the core lineup – and a lot less costly. Some fans are expecting Terim to be forced to give up members of the squad mid-season due to financial considerations.


Though often praised as the Super Lig’s most consistent high-performers, the Yellow Canaries went through a painful slump in the past few years. 2018/19 and 2019/20 were both disastrous, with the team failing to even break the Top 5. Just like their Big 3 rivals, though, they came back in style last season by coming in 3rd just 2 points below the first two.

So what’s next for the Legends? Well, most of the core lineup is still there, spearheaded by the iron-clad defence. Altay Bayindir is easily the most accomplished goalie in the Turkish top flight, for example, and is still backed by full-backs like Attila Szalai.

Aston Villa’s Mbwana Samatta turned out to be a great loan last season and was signed on a more permanent basis. Other than that, the signings were based on providing coach Vítor Pereira with more options rather than making sweeping changes to the starting 11. Similarly, the biggest departure of the summer period was Ozan Tufan being loaned out to Watford.

Follow our Fenerbahçe predictions here.

Süper Lig Relegation Favourites

To further bolster our understanding of the Süper Lig’s balance of power, let’s take a look at some of the teams most likely to be relegated this season.


After a series of incomprehensible free transfers and loans, confidence in the Rize side is at an all-time low. Moreover, supporters were hopeful that they would finally manage to stick around following their latest promotion in 2017/18 and subsequent mild successes. Alas, it’s easy to see that it’s a turbulent time for them. A minor team such as this one is not likely to come out the other side in strong form. To cap it all off, 2021/22 Süper Lig betting odds consider them more likely to be relegated than even some freshly promoted teams.

Altay SK

To give credit where it's due, this Izmir-based side managed to pull out from the depths of the fourth flight with relative ease. Few could have seen them rise to the Turkish Super Lig so quickly, but this rise marks them as the obvious underdogs. Moreover, they’re by far the least-funded squad in the competition, and they qualified with a 5th-place finish and a clutch success in the promotion play-offs.


Being freshly promoted, it’s understandable why most bookies consider this squad likely to be relegated. They went up to the Top Flight thanks to a 2nd-place finish, but most experts agree that the competition in the 1st Lig this year wasn’t up to par. Moreover, Giresunspor went through a top-to-bottom change of their lineup. Almost the entire team was switched out for loaned players or the occasional free transfer. Very few of these players, however, have any Super Lig experience. All in all, the roster feels cobbled together, which rarely turns out well.

Süper Lig Top Players

The traditional Süper Lig favourites are shoring up their rosters with some new and impressive talent. Let’s take a look at some of the best players in Süper Lig Turkey.

Uğurcan Çakır

When the most valued player of an entire top-flight league is a goalkeeper, you can be sure that he’s worth paying attention to. That said, the reason for Çakır’s renown has more to do with his national team career, with one concession over 11 appearances. Still, his reflexes during short-range encounters are nothing short of astonishing. 2020/21 was a return to form for him, as Trabzonspor managed to record only 37 concessions. Unfortunately, a lacklustre offence and stiff competition have left Çakır with no domestic titles yet.

Rachid Ghezzal

This Algerian-born right-winger first appeared in the Turkish Super Lig last season on a loan from Leicester. Though he has hundreds of recorded matches with teams like Lyon, Monaco, and Fiorentina, the loan spell allowed him to shine in ways he hadn’t been able to before. He secured a career-high 8 goals over the season, but goal-getting is not Ghezzal’s main role. He’s a fast, technically gifted player with a penchant for creating opportunities.

Süper Lig Rising Stars

Ferdi Kadioglu

Kadioglu is one of the youngest players ever to appear as part of a Super Lig starting 11. This league is notoriously short on young players, but this Dutch winger managed to shine through even the extremely deep Fenerbahçe lineup. He is fast, noted for his great eye for opportunity, and already an experienced player for Dutch national youth teams.

Bünyamin Balcı

At just 21 years of age, Balci is already a key part of the defensive lineup of Alanyaspor. He participated in all 3 games and contributed heavily to the relatively low concession rate, finally landing the team at 7th place. It was an overall success for his squad, and even bigger things are expected of this young right-back this season.

Süper Lig Derby Matches

The Intercontinental Derby

Also known as the Eternal Rivalry, this is historically Turkey’s most famed football derby. It’s the showdown between the country’s most decorated teams - Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray. Though both teams are based in Istanbul, their origins are from the opposite sides of the Bosphorus – hence the name Intercontinental. As a rule, these matches boast incredible attendance rates and fiery atmospheres (occasionally rife with hooliganism.)


All three of Turkey’s greatest rivalries are technically local derbies, this showdown, in particular, has become quite notorious in recent years. This clash is known to be instrumental in deciding the season’s champions. Unfortunately, though, the matches are known to erupt in violence. Galatasaray can boast more success so far, though things appear to be swinging in Beşiktaş’ favour.

Süper Lig Best Stadiums

Türk Telekom Stadium

Galatasaray home ground is easily Turkey’s biggest football stadium with a capacity of just over 52,000. Part of the Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex, it was also the first Turkish stadium to meed UEFA’s standards for hosting international competitions. That said, it’s still fairly new, so it doesn’t have the same history as some of Istambul’s other stadiums.

Ülker Stadium

Speaking of which, Fenerbahçe’s home turf has been on the same grounds for more than a century. Also known as the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, this all-seater football pitch can host more than 47,000 spectators. Of course, it went through several renovations over the decades and was the staging ground for the last UEFA Cup Final in history (before it was rebranded as the Europa League.)