Another major European league returning is Turkish Super Lig. We provide a rundown of the state of play, schedule, players and more…
When is the Turkish Super Lig returning?
The Turkish Super Lig will return on June 12th. A Friday night return sees Göztepe take on the leader Trabzonspor. They will play the match at their newly established ground Gürsel Aksel Stadium at 7:00 pm GMT. The night has also another match to offer where Fenerbahçe will host Kayserispor at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
How are games being scheduled in the league?
There will be at least one game for four out of seven days in a week from June 12th until 32nd matchday of the season. They have not set fixtures’ dates and times for the following matchdays yet beyond July 9th. Turkish Super Lig has set July 26th as the final matchweek of the season. With 8 rounds of fixtures to complete and 1/2 finals of the Turkish Cup to return, it schedules teams to play only twice a week to complete the season.
Are Turkish Super Lig teams playing at their own stadiums?
Yes. Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has informed that 18 out of 18 sides will continue to play home matches at their own stadiums. The exception has not been made for Gençlerbirliği and MKE Ankaragücü who share the same field Eryaman Stadium for their home games.
TFF’s president says for the games from July to be played in the presence of spectators. If everything goes as planned, it is expected to see Champions League final by late August which will be held in Istanbul this year.
What time will kick off be in the Turkish Super Lig?
The remaining matchweeks mostly comprise weekend kick-offs who are scheduled to be from Friday to Monday. The exception, for now, will be made for Round 31 where the midweek fixture will take place scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday. Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has set four kick-off times for now which are 7:45 pm GMT, 7:00 pm GMT, 5:15 pm GMT and 4:30 pm GMT.
What is the state of play in the Turkish Super Lig?
26 matchdays have passed so far this season before the enforced break. With the exciting title race awaiting us, there is a superb reason to follow the remaining fixtures.
Trabzonspor are the current leaders on 53 points where İstanbul Başakşehir with the same amount of points is sitting in second place. 3rd Galatasaray with 50 points and 4th Sivasspor with 49 points should also be seriously taken in the title race. Trabzonspor had a great run before league’s suspension, unbeaten in the last 11 league matches has proved their rights for the 1st place.
Upcoming weeks will be very stressful for Trabzonspor and Başakşehir as they already played twice with each other. Now the title race comes down to who can hold their own against other opposition.
On the other hand, Galatasaray with only three points away from the 1st place have very important two games ahead of them to be played with Trabzonspor and Başakşehir. The results of these games will have a massive impact on the title race.
At the foot of the table, Kayserispor have a miserable 22 points to their name. The team, however, has won three out of five last games played before the league’s suspension. The following weeks will be very decisive for the relegation zone teams as there’s only four points difference between the 18th place and 13th. Anything can happen at that point. Three teams get relegated from the Turkish Super Lig. TFF. Lig 1 is also resuming action one week later on the 19th of June and for now, it’s likely to see Hatayspor getting promoted to the first division.
What have been the talking points in the Turkish Super Lig this season?
- Trabzonspor files a complaint Fenerbahçe fans racially abused John Obi Mikel in a 2-1 win.
- Fenerbahce is struggling yet another season with them sitting in the shameful 7th place.
- Galatasaray’s manager Fatih Terim tests positive for coronavirus in late March.
- Loris Karius terminates his two-year loan deal with Beşiktaş in May after reporting the Turkish club to FIFA for not paying his wages on time.
- Jon Obi Mikel has left Trabzonspor after a mutual agreement with the club in March, despite his contract expiring in May 2021. The Nigerian midfielder reports he was feared for his health and did not agree with league games being played.
- Former Liverpool player Daniel Sturridge receives a four-month ban from football after breaching gambling rules in February. The English striker mutually agreed to expire his contract with Trabzonspor.
- Super Lig second place Başakşehir came back to shock Sporting Lisbon. They won 4-1 after a 3-1 loss in the first leg of the in Europa League. The Turkish side is currently in the 1/8 Knockout stage.
- Radamel ‘El Tigre’ Falcao moves for free from AS Monaco to Galatasaray at the start of the season.
- Lukas Podolski returns to Turkish Super Lig by joining Antalyaspor on a free transfer from Vissel Kobe.
Who are the top players in the Turkish Super Lig this season?
- Jose Sosa (Trabzonspor) The 34 years old Argentinian after a long European journey has settled down in the coastal town Trabzon since 17/18 season. Jose is doing more than wonders for the team, he’s the heart and soul of their offensive. He has 15 goal involvements in 25 league matches so far which contributed a lot to Trabzonspor’s 1st place.
- Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray) The Uruguayan is playing his 9th season for The Lions. He has been consecutively proving his quality and nothing seemed to change this season. The 33 years old goalkeeper has the most clean sheets (12) and concedes the least goals per game (0.76).
- Alexander Sorloth (Trabzonspor) The Norwegian, who is on a loan from Crystal Palace, is currently Turkish Super Lig’s top scorer. He has stunned everyone with his 19 goals and seven assists in 27 league matches this season. With his current form, it’s likely to see him fight again over his place in The Glaziers’ starting lineup If his Turkish journey won’t get extended.
- Edin Višća (Başakşehir) The Bosnian magician is one of the fundamental reasons Başakşehir is doing so well this season. The 30-years-old is the league’s best assistant with 11 assists this season. Višća, besides assisting his fellow teammates, can also score which he proved eight times so far.
- Papiss Demba Cissé (Alanyaspor) The Senegalese, mostly known for his breath-taking screamer in 2012 when playing for Newcastle United, has been the internal part of Alanyaspor’s offensive since 18/19 season. The striker is the second-best scorer in the league with 16 goals to his name.
- Radamel Falcao (Galatasaray) The Colombian striker, formerly playing for the Premier League clubs like Manchester United or Chelsea, has joined The Lions during this summer transfer window. The famous El Tigre has added a lot of offensive quality to the team with his nine goals and one assist in 14 league matches this season.
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