Betting on Turkish Football
Football is a hugely popular sport in Turkey, and the country boasts a number of important clubs, players, competitions and rivalries. The main attraction is the Süper Lig, an 18-team league which features the giants of Turkish football: Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, who are all Istanbul based. Due to heavy investment, İstanbul Başakşehir have been added to that select group, making the elite Turkish league a highly competitive division.
The TFF First League is the next rung on the ladder, and then comes the TFF Second League, which is split between a Red Group and a White Group. All of these competitions are featured on our Turkish football odds comparison tool, along with the Turkish Cup and Super Cup. Matches featuring the big teams in particular are especially common to be found on accumulator coupons.
Turkish teams are competitive in European tournaments, and the national team reaches major championships every so often, although is always very competitive at qualifying level.
Turkey Football Odds
Football coupons regularly feature the established Turkish sides of Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, while İstanbul Başakşehir have recently gate-crashed the party and finished second in the Süper Lig in 2016/17 and 2017/18. The team from the capital look set to maintain that run in 2018/19, with Galatasaray already having clinched the title.
Those teams mentioned are usually huge favourites in games which they play, especially at home, so backing them away to get better odds may be an idea. As of late, draws have been more commonplace in the Süper Lig than other world leagues, with 29% of matches in the 2018/19 season finishing all square.
The number of goals per game is at the average rate of 2.66 for the current season in the top league.
The leagues in Turkey run in the usual European scheduling of September to May, with the Turkish cup final also taking place in May. Matches in Turkey tend to feature more heavily on Sundays, but across the leagues there are usually games to be found most nights over the weekend.
Turkish Football History
Although there were leagues existing prior, the first professional and country-wide Turkish league was the National League, which began in 1959. Since then, football in Turkey has steadily grown in quality and international recognition. It really started breaking through in the late 1990s and 2000s with the arrival of players of renowned calibre, such as Hakan Şükür, Rüştü Reçber, Tugay Kerimoğlu and Emre Belözoğlu, who all had successful careers outside Turkey.
The growing reputation of Turkish football was cemented with the men's national team's appearance at the 2002 World Cup, where Şükür was captain. At huge outside betting odds of 500/1 to win the tournament, the team defied all expectations and finished third after losing narrowly to eventual winners Brazil in the semi-final.
The Süper Lig has managed to attract some major world stars in recent times too: Wesley Sneijder, Robinho, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor are all recent exports who have had varying degrees of success in the Turkish league.