BT Sport to broadcast the Turkish Super Lig exclusively live with three matches per weekend as Europe’s hottest title race enters the home straight

Three huge matches will be shown every week from now with the action beginning on Friday night as Goztepe host league leaders Trabzonspor

Published: 12 June 2020 - 3.38am
Football Features

Turkish Super Lig

The hottest title race in Europe is exclusively live on BT Sport

BT Sport is excited and delighted to announce it has secured the rights to broadcast the Turkish Super Lig exclusively live from now until the end of the season.

Three matches will be shown per weekend from Europe’s most exciting title race, beginning this weekend with Goztepe v Trabzonspor on Friday night.

The action continues on Saturday evening as Besiktas host Antalyaspor before another one of the Istanbul giants, Galatasaray, visit Rizespor on Sunday.

Three matches will be shown every round and with eight full matchdays still to play, that means 24 games of Turkish Super Lig action available from now until the campaign’s conclusion.

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Things were reaching boiling point over on the Black Sea before the coronavirus outbreak saw the league suspended on 19 March, along with all sporting events in the country.

Trabzonspor lead the way on goal difference ahead of new-kids-on-the-block Istanbul Basaksehir but defending champions Galatasaray are just a point behind in third.

Surprise packages Sivasspor are trailing Gala by the same margin, meaning there are four teams neck-and-neck heading into the final eight matches of the campaign.

Crystal Palace fans will be astounded to learn that Trabzonspor’s title charge has been led by none other than Eagles flop Alexander Sorloth, who is the division’s top scorer with 19 goals. 

There’s plenty of other names of Premier League interest among the top scorers including two former Newcastle strikers – Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba – at Alanyaspor and Istanbul Basaksehir respectively.

Galatasaray boast legendary Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao, Robinho shares a dressing room with Ba and Gael Clichy at Basaksehir, and much-travelled Cameron Jerome is in action on Friday night for Goztepe.

Another former Magpie, Emre Belozoglu, is still going strong at 39 years old during his third spell at Fenerbahce. The Turkish legend has the rare distinction of representing both Galatasaray and their fierce Istanbul rivals Fener during an outstanding career.

BT Sport subscribers can expect plenty of thrills and spills throughout the remainder of the season with some titanic action in store in the country that straddles two continents. 

Broadcast details

Goztepe v Trabzonspor - Friday June 12, 7pm - BT Sport 3

Besiktas v Antalyaspor - Saturday June 13, 7pm - BT Sport 3

Rizespor v Galatasaray - Sunday June 14, 7pm - BT Sport 1

 

While supporters are not permitted to attend matches, in line with measures taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the rivalry on the pitch between Turkey’s Big Three will no doubt be as fierce as ever.

Galatasaray (22 Turkish Super Lig titles), Fenerbahce (19) and Besiktas (15) are the country’s most successful clubs and all share some of the most intense derbies in world football.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, who are separated by the Bosphorus Sea, take part in the most heated of them all.

The fixture has become known as the inter-continental derby due to Galatasaray’s location on the European side of Istanbul and Fenerbahce’s position on the Asian east of the city.

But with Trabszonspor, Turkey’s fourth-most successful club, leading the way this season and Istanbul’s other club – Basaksehir – trailing just behind, this could be the first season since 2010 where the title lands outside the hands of the Big Three.