The first leg clash between Bayern Munich and Besiktas for the Champions League Last 16 will be taking place at Munich.With both teams preferring an attacking style of play, we can expect a lot of goals in this mouthwatering clash between the German Champions and Turkish side.
The current squad of Bayern Munich could be one of the deadliest team in the modern world football, and Besiktas should be playing on their toes if they want to catch up to them. The Bavarians have a terrific run of form this time around, with them showering in victories and their man in form–Robert Lewandowski– is currently shooting goals.
The German giants have nineteen wins and a draw in twenty matches at the Allianz Arena, and this time too they are looking forward to winning.
In their last game against Wolfsburg in Bundesliga, they came from one goal down to win the match with 2-1 at Volkswagen Arena. With the game heading for a draw, the inform star, Robert Lewandowski, secure all three points for the German giants; netting a penalty in the stoppage time of second half. Their current run of form ensures that they are heading for a victory against Besiktas at Allianz Arena.
Meanwhile, Besiktas have not lost to any teams in their last seven games in all competition. With two draws and five wins in their last seven games, their current run of form can be a decisive psychological factor ahead of this crucial clash. They will be aiming for an away goal at the home of German giants, and a draw can be a best possible result they will hope.
Head To Head
There have been two matches between these two sides back in 1997. Bayern was victorious in both these matches, where they won 2-0 in each.
The German giants are in the sublime form this season as they look set to winning the title again. It is a matter of the fact that the Bavarians are thrashing every team that comes in their way and Besiktas will undoubtedly try their best to prevent them.
Having their key players such as Muller and Lewandowski rested with their clash with Wolfsburg, the manager will bring out his best squad against Besiktas. The man in form Lewandowski will surely be available as they hope to thrash Besiktas at home. Manuel Neuer is however still sidelined due to injury.
Besiktas are traveling to the Allianz Arena with a hope of playing either a draw or a win. The draw can itself be a best possible result for them in the German soil. With the addition of new players to their squad, they will surely test the Bayern defense.
Players To Watch
Robert Lewandowski is a crucial player for the Bavarians. With 28 goals in 34 appearances this season for the club he will be the man behind all the goals.
The fans will demand something magical from the striker who has scored time and again, not to forget his astounding performance of five goals in less than nine minutes as a super sub against Wolfsburg back in 2015.
In their recent game against the same opposition, Wolfsburg, he netted a penalty to bag all three points at the stoppage time. Every Bayern fans are expecting something extraordinary from him, who is undoubtedly the star turner for Bayern Munich.
The Black Eagles will have their goal scoring responsibility shouldered upon Alvaro Negredo. The 32-year-old, Spanish striker has twelve goals and three assists in his thirty-two appearances.
In this high tempo match against Bayern, Negredo will be the only hope for the Besiktas side.He will undoubtedly try himself to prove as a valuable asset for the Besiktas side with his ability to create chances and score goals.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Lineup ( Predicted XI)
Bayern Munich Lineup ( 4-2-3-1)
DEF: Alaba (LB), Boateng (CB), Hummels (CB), Kimmich (RB)
MID: Coman (LM), James(CM)
ATT: Ribery (LW), Muller ( CAM), Robben (RW)
Besiktas Lineup ( 4-2-3-1)
DEF: Adriano (LB), Pepe (CB), Medel (CB), Gonul (RB)
MID: Ozyakup ( CDM), Hutchinson (CDM)
MID: Quaresma (LM), Talisca (CM), Babel (RM)
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Prediction
Cleary, having been in such a terrific form, Bayern Munich are the favorites. The German champion will attack ruthlessly, and Besiktas will have to work on their defense. With both teams having a similar and an open style of play, they will be looking to score goals at every opportunity.
Considering the sublime form of Bayern, we can expect many goals from the German giants at their home, Allianz Arena. Hence, we predict a victory for Bayern.
Our Prediction: Bayern 3- 1 Besiktas