Turkey Super Lig betting tips and odds

Welcome to Betting Fellow’s guide to all things related to Turkish Süper Lig betting. You can find carefully curated betting tips below, as well as a detailed introduction to understanding which Süper Lig matches to bet on and why.

Experienced bettors know that finding value in betting requires a lot of digging around for the best options and opportunities. To that end, football leagues less familiar to the general public can be goldmines if you know what to look for. In simple terms, sportsbooks and bookies spend less time and effort in pricing these and information is usually much scarcer than for, say, Premier League teams. That can be a double-edged sword, though, which is why we wrote this Süper Lig betting guide.

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Turkey Super Lig Results

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  • Gazişehir Gaziantep - İstanbul Başakşehir
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  • Denizlispor - Kasımpaşa
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  • Yeni Malatyaspor - Fenerbahçe
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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.

Format

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 this league’s history, three teams established themselves as the traditional favourites: Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, and Beşiktaş. They share the majority of title wins between them as well, with a total of 22, 19, and 15 respectively. All three of them are based in the capital city of Istanbul, albeit in different parts.

Unsurprisingly, these three teams are also the favourites for the upcoming 2020/21 Süper Lig season. As proof, we can easily refer to Outright Süper Lig Betting odds with some of the world’s top online bookmakers. In terms of likelihood to take home the title, Galatasaray are in the lead with aggregate odds of 3.00. Beşiktaş are somewhat less favoured with 4.00, and Fenerbahçe are just behind with 4.50.

The next two are the two out of the three clubs ever to win a Süper Lig title besides the Big 3 - İstanbul Başakşehir with 5.50, Trabzonspor with 7.00. Sill, Başakşehir were last season’s surprise winners, so we may yet see some surprising results. The previous season was full of surprises, with traditional favourites all over the table. While the effects of the COVID-19 are undeniable, the upcoming season seems very hard to predict. Still, we’ll go over a quick rundown of the title challengers.

Galatasaray

Turkey’s most decorated team found themselves in dire straits at the end of the previous season. After two consecutive triumphs in 2018 and 2019, they had to settle for a hugely disappointing 6th place. Coupled with the brief Champions League in which they recorded 0 victories (admittedly, though, their group was a nightmare), it’s clear their supporters have a lot to worry about.

Still, online sportsbooks seem to be fairly hopeful. The Lions have a lot to prove this time around, but it’s unclear whether they’re willing to make the necessary changes. Their lineup remains largely unchanged, especially when it comes to their starting 11. The biggest issue from last season was their inability to score consistently. Concessions remained reasonably low, but they scored 25 goals less than during the 2018/19 campaign. Despite what the betting odds might imply, it’s hard to feel confident in Galatasaray’s form. Follow our Galatasaray predictions here.

Beşiktaş

Out of the Big 3 clubs in Turkey, Beşiktaş are the only ones who managed to hold on to a respectable table position in the previous season. Still, a third placement is nothing to write home about, though it did secure them a Europa League qualification if nothing else.

All things considered, they seem to be heading into 2020/21 in solid form. A few updates were made to their lineup, most notably with the arrival of defensive midfielder Josef and Atletico Madrid’s centre-back Francisco Montero. Their squad is fairly well-rounded, with a good balance of strikers such as Adem Ljaljić, active midfielders, and a solid defensive line. That said, their wide approach focused on counterattacks seems outdated – as showcased by the issues they’ve been having in the 2019/20 Europa League.

If you’re considering Outright Super Lig bets, the so-called Black Eagles might be the safest bet – purely because they seem stronger than the other traditional favourites. Follow our Beşiktaş predictions here.

Fenerbahçe

All three of Turkey’s Big 3 underperformed severely last season, but Fenerbahçe’s drop is perhaps the most noticeable. To be fair, though, the 7th table positions seems like the culmination of a 3-year downward spiral, starting in 2017. After 10 straight years of Top 3 finishes, they can barely crack the top 5 these days.

This makes the bookies’ pricing even more mind-boggling. That said, they’ve made several notable updates to their roster. Wolfsburg’s centre-back Marcel Tisserand was brought on as the missing piece between defence and offence that they desperately lacked in the previous season. Nazim Sangare is likely to fill out a similar role on the right-wing. On the flip side, their rising star striker Vedat Muriqi left for Lazio for a hefty €17.5 million fee, which might be an issue considering he was one of the most prolific goalscorers of the Süper Lig.

All things considered, though, Fenerbahçe don’t seem to be likely to take home the title unless they make more dramatic changes. Follow our Fenerbahçe predictions here.

İstanbul Başakşehir F.K.

A fairly young club, Başakşehir spent most of their first 10 years as a middle-of-the-table team, unable to match up to the traditional favourites. Following a brief relegation in 2014, however, they went through a meteoric rise to the very peak of Turkish football. They’ve been in the top 5 in every season since 2014, culminating in the major upset we saw last season as they took their first championship title.

Going into 2020/21, the bookmakers still stubbornly favour teams that fared poorly in their previous campaign. There’s some merit to that – Başakşehir’s head-to-head stats indicate a sub-30% win rate against all of the Big 3. However, their greatest strength seems to be consistency. They rarely seem to perform below expectations – but they exceed them just as rarely. Sill, this approach served them well so far.

In terms of lineup changes, Başakşehir had 2 major arrivals over the summer. Berkay Özcan of Hamburger SV and Okechukwu Azubuike were brought in as midfielders, further bolstering the team’s focus on high-possession pressure building. Follow our İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. 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.

Denizlispor

The previous season represented a triumphant return to the top-flight for Denizlispor after almost 10 years in the First League. However, they were quickly faced with the harsh realities of being a freshly promoted team. They spent most of the season in the relegation zone, but a few fortunate victories towards the end earned them the 14th spot on the table.

Still, their ratio of goals scored to goals conceded was an abysmal 31:48. Though they’ve updated the lineup with close to 6 new arrivals, the overall impression is that they’re getting who they can, rather than who they need. Though fans remain hopeful that Denizlispor is entering a new age of top-flight excellence, the stats are not on their side.

Ankaragücü

This team only recently made their way up from the 3rd flight. Though the success is admirable, they only held on to their spot in the Süper Lig by winning the relegation playoffs. With only 15 goals to their name throughout the season, it’s hard to feel confident that they’ll manage to avoid relegation by a hairpin again.

Fatih Karagümrük

With 2 promotions in 2 consecutive seasons (the club has only existed for 8 seasons, mind you), these are the new kids on the block. Still, hardcore Super Lig fans consider them the lovable underdogs. The harsh reality of football is that underdogs rarely get their way, though.

Still, there may be more hope for this team than what the bookies are giving them credit for. For starters, the limited information we have based on their short history may produce some surprises. Secondly, the lineup they had last year had essentially no market value worth mentioning. Over the summer, though, they’ve secured some interesting loans and free transfers – such as Milan’s Lucas Biglia and Verona’s Jure Balkovec.

Süper Lig Top Players

The surprising results of the 2019/20 season were in no small part thanks to several standout players playing for underdog teams. Let’s take a look at some notable examples.

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. The previous season wasn’t great for him in terms of club play, though, with just 2 clean sheets. Still, his reflexes during short-range encounters are nothing short of astonishing.

Edin Visca

Part of the squad that earned Başakşehir the title, the Bosnian-born midfielder is a veteran of the Super Lig and a fairly accomplished goalscorer in his own right. However, his main role is to get the ball to the main strikers with incredible speed. He had the second-highest number of assists in Europe behind Kevin De Bruyne.

Süper Lig Rising Stars

Abdülkadir Ömür

Trabzonspor’s second place in the 2019/20 standings was a major upset, and it can be attributed to a promising roster of young players. Perhaps the most notable of these is 21-year-old midfielder Ömür. Though he’s far too young for the stats to reflect his skill, he has already earned the moniker of “Turkish Messi”.

Francisco Montero

Though Montero is merely on loan from Atletico Madrid, this young Spanish full-back is projected to be an incredible asset to Beşiktaş. With a solid stint in the Champions League and plenty of experience in La Liga, Montero is a world-class defender at just 21.

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.)

Beşiktaş–Galatasaray

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.)