The World Cup is done, and it was fun. Yet club football continues immediately, especially across Europe. The Turkish Super Lig resumes after a month this weekend.
For punters, the market simply becomes larger, and the opportunities for rewards even better.
Trabzonspor, against the odds, won the league title for the first time in 38 years last season. However, this season, they sit in seventh place, six points adrift of Fenerbahce. The leaders themselves have not won the league in nine years.
Still, it is early days, and the competition at the top is keenly and delicately poised. Only seven points separate the first and eighth placed team. We can expect a number of movements and reshufflings before the end of the season.
Based on the number of matches played, some observable patterns have emerged that could help punters make more deliberate decisions.
Here are four excellent betting options in the Turkish Super Lig that could ensure huge returns for bettors.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Besiktas
After Besiktas’ dramatic Super Lig title win two seasons ago, where they pipped Galatasaray on the final day, the Black Eagles have struggled to maintain the standards.
They finished a whopping 22 points behind last season’s winners, Trabzonspor. Indeed, they had the second-worst defence among the top nine sides and the most draws in the division.
This season, the defence has not improved. Only Alanyaspor have conceded more goals than Senol Gunes’ men in the top nine teams.
While they have some of the finest forwards in Cenk Tosun and Wout Weghorst, the rearguard has failed to cover itself in glory. They are the second-highest scorers in the league. And yet, Mert Gunok has kept only three clean sheets, none in his last five competitive matches.
Besiktas have recorded nine over 2.5 goals results in 13 matches. This is, therefore, a solid betting option for intelligent punters.
Under 3.5 Goals In Matches Involving Konyaspor
The appointment of Ilhan Pahut has coincided with Konyaspor’s upward status movement in the last two seasons. From barely surviving as a mid-table team, they finished in third place last term.
And yet, there has been a tweak in the style of play this season. They are prioritising defence, while being content with winning by the odd goal.
So far, the Anatolian Eagles have scored the fewest goals amongst the top 10 sides. Still, in the same vein, the Konya-based team has conceded the fewest goals in the Turkish Super League.
Konyaspor have kept seven clean sheets in 13 matches played. The signing of Francisco Calvo has further solidified the defence.
Konyaspor have recorded 12 under 3.5 goals results in the league this season. This is therefore one of the safest betting options for punters interested in the Turkish Super Lig.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Gaziantep
Gaziantep sit in 10th place on the log this season. And perhaps this is the level they are capable of playing at, readily content with being stable.
There is a fascinating balance to their statistics this season. GFK have won four matches, drawn four, and lost five. They have scored 19 and conceded 19, a goal-difference of zero.
Joao Figueiredo and Alexandru Maxim have been the major contributors in terms of goal scoring. Still, the likes of Papy Djilobodji have let in just as many in defence. In other words, they tend to concede as many goals as they score.
Little wonder Erol Bulut’s men have kept just two clean sheets so far, with 10 of their matches this season ending with at least two goals scored.
As far as this season is concerned, staking on over 1.5 goals in matches involving Gaziantep seems almost a fail-proof decision for punters.
Goal/goal In Matches Involving Istanbul Basaksehir
Istanbul Basaksehir are one of the teams chasing the Super Lig title. The Grey Owls share the same number of points with Adana Demirspor and Konyaspor. Still, they have won more matches than the aforementioned teams.
If Emre Belozoglu’s men had the best defence last season, his side have drifted ever so slightly from that brief. Against Galatasaray in November, they fell flat, conceding seven goals.
The team’s participation in the Europa Conference League could be the reason for this instability in defence. They have won just half of the matches they have played after appearing on the continent.
Istanbul Basaksehir have also struggled with injuries, with Youssouf Nyange Ndayishimiye consistently having to fill in defence. Stefano Okaka and Betrand Traoré have found scoring difficult.
Istanbul have played six goal/goal matches in six of their last seven matches played in all competitions (including friendlies). Hence, this is a must-have option for smart punters.