Bayern Munich vs Besiktas
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich).
The Bavarians start at favourites to knockout Besiktas, but the Turks can dream of mounting an upset if they manage to avoid a heavy defeat in the first leg at Munich.
The FCB are coming on the back of the reputation of being the most stable team in Europe at the moment. Since Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancellitto back in 9th October 2017, the team notched up 18 wins and 1 draw from 20 matches in all competitions losing just once. A notable result during the period is the 3-1 home win against PSG in the final Champions League group game, despite the win deemed short for finishing above the French side in the table.
Overall, this is Bayern’s 14th appearance at the tournament’s round of 16. And they will be eyeing quarter final appearance for a 7th time.
Last season, the Bavarians thumped Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate at the same stage of the tournament.
The reigning Turkish Champions were given little chance to progress from a group that involves the heavy weights Porto and Monaco alongside the new boys in town RB Leipzig. But they surprised everyone clinching the top spot and thereby become the first Turkish side to win a Champions League group. Also, this is the first time the team qualified for the knockout tie of the tournament.
Unlike their Tuesday’s host, the Black Eagles cannot boast of a strong overall form. They are already trailing Galatasaray, Basaksehir and Fenerbahce in the domestic title race.
Besides, their recent away record is nothing to write about after 2 wins coming off their last 8 in all competitions. The drab run came just after they finished the Champions League group stage with 3 away wins on the bounce.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas: Head-to-head
Tuesday’s round of 16 clash between Bayern and Besiktas mark the third competitive meeting between the sides. The sides were grouped together during the 1997/98 group stage and the Bavarians won both home and away leg by the same 2-0 score-line.
Bayern’s only other meeting with a Turkish club can be dated back to 1972 when they met Galatasaray in the European Champions Clubs’ Cup. They won 6-0 at home to progress further after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
For Besiktas, this will be their 10th meeting with a German Bundesliga club. They haven’t excelled well in the previous 9 meetings with only 2 wins and a draw coming during the period, losing a massive 6.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas: Prediction
Jupp Heynckes and Bayern Munich have a strong reputation at the competition and they will prove too hard for the Turkish Champions to break down. As odds as low as 1.10 indicates, the Bavarians are strong favourites to win the first leg and the tie on overall aggregate.
But, I do expect some sort of fighting spirit from the Besiktas team managed by Senol Gunes. The main reason for this is that they know that they have very little chance on Tuesday. Therefore, they are expected to play with freedom which may result in avoiding an embossing defeat.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas: Bet Tips
The best pick for the match is Besiktas +2.5 Asian Handicap for 1.72 odds.
Brave Punters must not hesitate to back the Both teams to Score for 2.20 odds.