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Turkish Cup Odds

Turkish Cup

Who wins the Turkish Cup 2017/2018?

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The 56th edition of the Turkish Cup will begin on August. More than 150 teams will compete for the glory and a place in the next UEFA Europa League. These achievements, however, will mainly be reserved for some of the top teams in the country. The last season, Konyaspor lifted the trophy by beating Medipol Basaksehir through penalties.

For this season, the main candidates are, as always, the big teams: Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas. There is a sound reasoning behind this: these teams proved to be over time the more reliable ones in the Turkish league. At least two of them will perform great in the league (statically speaking), and given the European performances, it’s probable that those teams will reach the final cup stages with a clear calendar in sight.

Analyzing those teams individually might give us some more insight. Besiktas is the last national champion, winning the league comfortable with 77 points the past season. The team managed by Senol Günes is offensive in the scheme: The team lines three forwards and three central midfielders, with two of them with offensive duties. In terms of player quality, Besiktas has a lot of options in all zones. But in the attacking zone is where the squad shines: Players like Talisca, Ryan Bable, Vincent Aboubakar, Ricardo Quaresma, Demba Ba and especially Cenk Tosun gives a lot of options.

Fenerbahce is looking forward to increase the hierarchy of their squad with some important transfers already confirmed such as Nabil Dirar (who had a wonderful season at Mónaco) and Mathieu Valbuena, the offensive midfielder from Olympique Lyonnais. The team will have to replace some important players such as Moussa Sow and Jeremain Lens, who will be returning to their clubs after their loans, but have other important players as well. Names like Robin van Pearsie and Aatif Chahechouhe are important pieces of the team managed by Aykut Kocaman.

Galatasaray is the team from the three giants that would need some major overhaul in their lines. The team commanded by Igor Tudor had a forgettable season by their standards and will need some major transfers for this season if they want to aim for the cup. The team is also losing effective players such as Lukas Podolski and the Portuguese offensive midfielder Bruma. With no transfers already confirmed, how they manage the opening transfer window will be decisive in their near future.

Finally, teams that are performing well in the past seasons might achieve success if they can retain their squads and perform consistently. Teams like the surprising Basaksehir, which will be playing the UCL, may worth a look at. Trabzonspor is other of the teams that is always in the discussion for the top positions and might surprise at the cup, since they won’t be playing European competitions this year. It’s always wise to wait until the cup and the league are in motion for other minor teams who can have their great year at any moment, since consistency is the key and for small squads this is something hard to achieve.