Beşiktaş to lift the Süper Lig crown In 2018/19?

Updated: August 8, 2018

It was a case of close but no cigar for Beşiktaş last season. Leading contenders in the Super Lig title race for most of the campaign, Beşiktaş fell short at the pivotal moment – Senol Gunes’ side finished four points behind eventual winners Galatasaray. However, that was then and this is now; Beşiktaş are primed to get their hands back on the Turkish title for the third time in the last four years.

With at least two key players leaving the club this summer, there was a clear need to invest in the transfer window. Besiktas have made a few signings ahead of the 2018/19 season but only one or two stand out. Jeremain Lens, formerly of Sunderland, is the ‘marquee’ arrival – which tells you something about Besiktas’ business. Most fans believe that the club haven’t done enough to get back to the top of Turkish football.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will both be quietly confident of winning the Super Lig crown this season – and with good reason. The defending champions had a unique ability to edge close contests in 2017/18; nobody won more matches (24) than Galatasaray. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce finished just three points behind the winners and it would take a brave man to back against the Turkish league’s top scorers.

Beşiktaş missed out on top transfer target Daniel Sturridge and fans may be concerned at the lack of firepower up front ahead of the upcoming campaign. Anderson Talisca, Besitkas’ top goal scorer in Super Lig last season, and Dusko Tosic have both moved to the Chinese Super League, whilst Cenk Tosun is now plying his trade with Everton. The onus will now be on Ryan Babel and Alvaro Negredo to step up to the plate.

Currently priced at 7/2 in the latest Turkish football betting odds to lift the Super Lig title this campaign, Beşiktaş will mount their challenge on defensive stability. Gunes’ side had the best defensive record in Turkey’s top flight last season, conceding just 30 goals in 38 Super Lig matches. Emulating that kind of record again should see Besiktas go close in their pursuit of domestic glory.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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