Galatasaray will aim to maintain its good run on top of the standings while Beşiktaş hopes to close the gap with the leader as the two Istanbul rivals are set to meet in the big match of the Spor Toto Super League match day 28. League leader Galatasaray is unbeaten in derbies this year, with two wins and one draw
Spor Toto Super League leaderGalatasaray will aim to continue its good run when it hosts Beşiktaş in the big derby game of the weekend.
Galatasaray will host its Istanbulneighbor at the Türk Telekom Arena on Feb. 24, hoping to extend its unbeaten run in big games as well as its domination atop standings.
After 27 games, the Lions are leading the league with 60 points, six more than their closest trailer, Fenerbahçe, the defending champion.
Beşiktaş is third with 49 points and taking the game as a serious chance to stick to the top of the league. Trabzonspor, last year’s runner-up, continues to be in fourth, the last spot for championship playoffs, with 46 points.
Although the regular season will be continued with a playoff stage, where the top four teams will start with half the points they win at the end of the 34-week period, Galatasaray’s lead will count at the end of the season.
The Lions, which look to end their four-year drought for the title, showed they are up for it with their flashy squad blending well throughout the season.
Managed by Fatih Terim, arguably the team’s most successful coach ever, Galatasaray is hoping to make up for its miserable season last year. The Lions finished eighth last season and broke an unwanted club record for most number of defeats in a single year.
With that in mind, the club was the most active of Turkish clubs in the transfer windows, with Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, veteran Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi, versatile wing back Emmanuel Eboue of Ivory Coast, towering Swedish striker Johan Elmander, along with Turkish internationals Selçuk İnan, Ceyhun Gülselam and Sercan Yıldırım were added to the squad. In mid-season transfer window, veteran Necati Ateş, who spent three seasons at Galatasaray before being sold to Antalyaspor, was signed again, and Manisaspor’s star Yiğit Gökoğlan was added to the squad.
Beşiktaş, boasting a flurry of Portuguese stars Ricardo Quaresma, Manuel Fernandes, Simao Sabrosa and Hugo Almeida, will hope to continue its momentum after knocking Braga out of the Europa League on Feb. 23. The Black Eagles, the only remaining Turkish team in European competitions, will meet Atletico Madrid in round 32.
Elsewhere it is Karabükspor vs. Ankaragücü, Manisaspor vs. Gaziantepspor, Samsunspor vs. Bursaspor, Istanbul BB vs. Antalyaspor and Gençlerbirliği vs. Sivasspor.