Two of Turkey’s most successful and biggest clubs meet on Sunday in what will undoubtedly be a fiery game at the top of the Turkish Super Liga table as Besiktas host Galatasaray (4pm kick-off, UK time).
Although this isn’t the biggest of the Istanbul derbies, Bestikas’ rivalry with Galatasaray is not one to be laughed at, and there is added fuel with the extremely close title race. Just five points separate first from fifth.
Where to watch Besiktas vs Galatasaray on TV:
- UK: N/A
- US: beIN Sports
How to live stream Besiktas vs Galatasaray online:
Bet365* are streaming this match live for account holders. Those who are interested in streaming Besiktas vs Galatasaray live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
- Click on this link.
- ‘Join now’ and enter details.
- Log in and fund your account.
- Navigate to the ‘In-Play’ link at the top of the homepage and select your desired event.
*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account or placed a bet in the last 24 hours, BeGambleAware. All odds and offers within this article are accurate at the time of writing (15:15, 16/01/21).
Scoreline prediction: Besiktas 2-0 Galatasaray
Compare football odds to get the best in the market using the Oddspedia tool below. Selecting a price will take you to the bookmaker’s sign-up page, where you can register, claim whatever welcome offer is available to new customers and place your bet. (18+ only, Be Gamble Aware)
Besiktas vs Galatasaray build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Hosts Besiktas are the current Super Lig leaders after 17 games, albeit only ahead of second-placed Fenerbahce on goal difference. Only two teams have won the Turkish Super Lig more times than Besiktas (no points for guessing who), and they are looking to win their firsts league title since 2016/17. The past few seasons have been something of a transitional period as they dropped to fourth in the campaign immediately after their title win.
But the following two seasons they improved to earn back-to-back third-place finishes and actually ended 2019/20 ahead of both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, with champions Istanbul Basaksehir the only Istanbul club to finish higher. And an early exit from the Europa League this season appears to have helped them, with 11 wins and four defeats from their opening 17 games and Besiktas unbeaten in their past six Super Lig matches.
Galatasaray have also lost just four games in the league so far this season, but one extra draw sees them two points below Besiktas and Fenerbahce in fourth. The Lions are Turkey’s most successful club with 22 league titles in the Super Lig era, last winning in 2019. However, while Besiktas enjoyed last season, it was one to forget for Galatasaray, who finished sixth in the league and a massive 14 points behind champions Basaksehir.
They can complete their turnaround this weekend with victory over Besiktas, though they haven’t won away at the Vodafone Arena since January 2015.
- Besiktas (vs Caykur Rizespor): Yuvakuran; Uysal, Welinton*, Montero, N’Sakala; Tokoz; Ghezzal, Ozyakup, Mensah, N’Koudou; Aboubakar.
- Galatasaray (vs Yeni Malatyaspor): Ozturk; Linnes, Luyindama, Marcao, Saracchi; Antalyali; Kilinc, Akbaba, Belhanda, Babel; Diagne
Welinton is suspended for Besiktas for an accumulation of yellow cards but is the hosts’ only absentee. Galatasaray, however, remain without Radamel Falcao, Sofiane Feghouli and Omar Elabdellaoui, while Fernando Muslera is not expected to start.
18+ only. UK residents only. All winnings are credited in cash and can be withdrawn. Deposit £20 to £100 to receive free bets matching deposit. Free bets credited as four equal free bets. The qualifying bet must have odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater. The qualifying period runs for 7 days from the date of registration. Standard BetBull General Promotions Rules Apply. Standard BetBull Terms & Conditions Apply. BeGambleAware.
A fight to reclaim Istanbul’s throne:
Although the immediate, and most obvious focus, of this game will be for either side to get a grip on the tight Super Lig title race, there is also the pressure from fans to reclaim the spot as Istanbul’s top club. Alongside Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray will have grown used to alternating the crown as Istanbul’s highest finishers, which usually brought the Turkish league title too.
However, last season they were knocked off their collective perch by Istanbul Basaksehir, who are only in their 31st year of existence, one of Turkey’s relatively newer professional teams. There was a lot of unhappiness surrounding Istanbul Basaksehir’s promotion to the Turkish Super Lig in 2014 as it coincided with the club being bought by a company which reportedly had links to the country’s ruling party.
After finishing as runners up in 2016/17 and 2018/19, Istanbul Basaksehir finally got their league title win last season, something that appears to have reinvigorated the rest of the Istanbul clubs. Granted, their season alone has not been good enough, with Istanbul Basaksehir currently 11th in the league, but it has been so long since Turkish football fans saw the city’s three big clubs occupy the top three spots (2014/15 was the last time Galatasaray and Fenerbahce and Besiktas finished in the top three). Of course, the campaign isn’t over yet and the title is a lot more important, but there may be just some part of Besiktas and Galatasaray playing for Istanbul.
Turkish Super Lig 2020/21 recent form:
- Besiktas: DWWWW
- Galatasaray: WLDWW
More live stream options: