Turkey Fantasy — Tips for Gameweek 21
It feels like so much has happened so far, but GW21 marks the end of the 1st half of the Süper Lig. As always, some fresh picks, to close this period on a high note.
Below you’ll find the crème de la crème of this week’s fantasy studs, provided to you by the masterminds behind Fantezi Futbol Türkiye.
Mbwana Samatta (Fenerbahçe, Forward)
After his disappointing start since his joining from Aston Villa to Fenerbahçe at the beginning of the season, Mbwana Samatta finally seems to get used to his new club. He scored twice in his last 3 appearances for Fenerbahçe and looks like he’ll increase his from. Although this week’s opponent Kayserispor’s current form in last 4 games put them to the place above the relegation line, Fenerbahçe seems close to win at home. This game might be a good opportunity for Samatta for increasing his number of goals.
Key Stats (per game): Shots: 1.4 / Key Passes: 0.6
Alternative Pick: Dimitrios Pelkas (Fenerbahçe, Midfielder) 14 games 4 goals-4 assists
Cyle Larin (Beşiktaş, Forward)
Beşiktaş looks like a goal machine with total of 45 goals that they scored in 19 games. They are also topping the table 2 points above (41 points) from their rival Fenerbahçe who have 39 points at the second place. Top goalscorer of Beşiktaş is Cyle Larin who is playing as a left winger. After his 2 season with below-par performances with Beşiktaş, he had a good loan period in Belgium League with Zulte Waregem. He returned from his loan at the beginning of this season and he has scored 12 goals so far with Beşiktaş. Beşiktaş is playing against Göztepe at home this week. We again expect a high-scoring game and Larin should be on the score-sheet for Beşiktaş.
Key Stats (per game): Shots: 2.0 / Key Passes: 0.7
Alternative Pick: Vincent Aboubakar (Beşiktaş, Forward) 15 games 10 goals-2 assists
Anastasios Bakasetas (Alanyaspor, Midfielder)
In his first season for Alanyaspor last year in Turkish Süper Lig, Anastasios Bakasetas had a perfect record by playing in all 34 league games for 2.841 minutes. His 10 goals and 4 assists of performance and set-pieces competencies make fantasy football fans to gain many points. He has been performing well this season with 6 goals and 2 assists so far. He has also 2 assists in cup games in just 95 minutes of play for two games. Alanyaspor will play against Ankaragücü this week. They couldn’t convert their dominant performances for winning 3 points in last 3 games. It is possible for them to change their destiny against Ankaragücü who are the most unsuccessful team on away games. Bakasetas should be the main pick from Alanyaspor this week.
Key Stats (per game): Crosses: 1.4 / Shots: 2.8 / Key Passes: 2.0
Alternative Pick: Khouma Babacar (Alanyaspor, Forward) 13 games 5 goals-1 assists
Max Gradel (Sivasspor, Midfielder)
Many people think that Max Gradel is one of the most important players in Turkish Süper Lig. He reflected his abilities and experiences that he gained from Premier League and Ligue 1 to his performances in Sivasspor. Max Gradel is increasing his performance every game and he contributed by 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 8 appearances. Sivasspor is one of the most successful teams on away games and we expect them to pursue their good performance at Kasımpaşa this week. Gradel again will be the key player of the game.
Key Stats (per game): Crosses: 1.3 / Shots: 2.1 / Key Passes: 1.7
Alternative Pick: Hakan Arslan (Sivasspor, Midfielder) 17 games 5 goals
Adem Büyük (Yeni Malatyaspor, Midfielder)
As we mentioned several times before, the percentage of goals scored from penalty-kicks to total goals scored is significantly high this season. (13%) Adem Büyük is a master for penalty-kicks and he is at the top place for goals scored by penalty-kicks with 6 penalty goals. (career stat is 16 goals out of 18 penalty-kicks) He again converted a penalty-kick to a goal last week. Although they’ll play against such a strong team like Galatasaray at home, he might be again chosen as a suitable pick considering his penalty-kick and set-pieces competencies.
Key Stats (per game): Shots: 3.1 / Key Passes: 1.3
Alternative Pick: Emre Güral (Ankaragücü, Forward) 13 games 3 goals-2 assists
Recommended Teams for Player Picks
Fenerbahçe / Beşiktaş
Istanbul’s two winner teams Fenerbahçe & Beşiktaş sharing the first two places of Turkish Süper Lig’s table. They will both play against average teams of the league at home. They are both close to win. Pelkas, Samatta, Caner and Thiam are suitable players for Fenerbahçe while Larin, Aboubakar, Ghezzal, Vida and Atiba might be favourite picks from Beşiktaş
Denizlispor’s below-par performances put them at the bottom of the league table. They have also problems with players’ payments due to their current bad economical situation. During this chaotic situation, Karagümrük might have an easy win against Denizlispor. Ndao and new signing Borini might be suitable picks this week.