The title race in the Super Lig 2020-21 season is heating up, as the competition enters matchday 31. The Big Three - Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce - are separated by margins of two and three points, respectively, but fans will get a wider picture of the potential champion from the result of the Besiktas vs Fenerbahce clash on March 21.
After a topsy-turvy start to the season, where they lost twice in the first five games, Besiktas (63 points) are on a six-game winning streak and Cenk Tosun and Co. will look to get the better of third-placed Fenerbahce.
The Sarı Kanaryalar have won five of their last 10 Super Lig games and come into the derby with the sole intention of ending their two-game losing streak. However, Fenerbahce will have to make do without Mesut Ozil, who is sidelined with a ruptured ankle ligament.
The German has failed to make a significant impact since his exit from Arsenal in January, and his latest injury has only added more fuel to the ongoing criticisms around his life in his boyhood club.
Meanwhile, record winners Galatasaray have an easy opponent in Rizespor, who lie 14th on the points table with 31 points from 28 games. The Aslanlar saw their eight-game winning run end at the hands of Ankaragücü but they bounced back with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Sivasspor and a convincing 3-0 victory at Kayserispor.
Fourth-placed Trabzonspor have won just once in their last four games in the Super Lig and will aim for a positive result at Ankaragücü.
Super Lig matchweek 31 schedule, fixtures and India match times
|Date and Day||Match||Time (IST)|
|Friday, March 19||Fatih Karagumruk vs Kayserispor||6:30 PM IST|
|Friday, March 19||Galatasaray vs Rizespor||9:30 PM IST|
|Saturday, March 20||
Gençlerbirligi vs Kasimpasa
|4:00 PM IST|
|Saturday, March 20||Göztepe vs Sivasspor||6:30 PM IST|
|Saturday, March 20||Yeni Malatyaspor vs Gaziantep||6:30 PM IST|
|Saturday, March 20||Trabzonspor vs Ankaragücü||9:30 PM IST|
|Sunday, March 21||Antalyaspor vs BB Erzurumspor||4:00 PM IST|
|Sunday, March 21||Konyaspor vs Alanyaspor||4:00 PM IST|
|Sunday, March 21||Denizlispor vs Istanbul Basaksehir||6:30 PM IST|
|Sunday, March 21||Besiktas vs Fenerbahçe||9:30 PM IST|
The Super Lig will not be broadcast in India.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Ozan Kose