Besiktas begin the defence of their Turkish Super Lig title at home to Caykur Rizespor on Friday at 6:30pm (UK time).
In the closest Super Lig title race in recent memory, Besiktas fought off the challenges of the other two Istanbul giants, finishing ahead of Galatasaray by a single goal while Fenerbahce were only two points behind.
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Scoreline prediction: Besiktas 3-0 Rizespor
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Besiktas vs Rizespor build-up & previous line-ups:
After three years without a title, Besiktas were finally crowned champions last season, finishing ahead of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce by the skin of their teeth. But the celebrations for that, and the Turkish Cup triumph to go with it, are over and focus now turns to retaining the Super Lig just as they did back in 2017.
They face a Rizespor team that finished comfortably in 13th last season but that handed Besiktas a real title advantage during the second half of the campaign with a memorable 4-3 win away at Galatasaray. Though on a budget and with no transfer fees paid, Rizespor have been busy bolstering their squad this summer and will look to use this opening match against the reigning champions to show they’re ready to climb a few more places up the Super Lig table.
- Besiktas (vs Demirspor): Destanoglu; Rosier, Uysal, Vida, N’Sakala; Topal; Tore, Hutchinson, Souza, N’Koudou; Yalcin.
- Rizespor (vs Alanyaspor): Akkan, Baiano, Ay, Holmen, Sertel, Dabo, Phiri, Sabo, Mendes, Potuk, Remy.
Besiktas vs Rizespor: 3 key facts
- These two sides met three across all competitions last season with Besiktas victorious every time by a 10-2 aggregate scoreline.
- With 19 goals, Canadian Cyle Larin was second only to Aaron-Salem Boupendza (22) for Super Lig goals last season, firing Besiktas to the title.
- Only relegated Denizlispor (77) and Genclerbirligi (76) conceded more than Rizespor’s 69 goals last season.
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