Besiktas vs Bayern Munich is like a warm-up match for the German giants as Bayern Munich travel to Turkey to face Besiktas in the second leg match in the UEFA Champions League this week.
The first leg match at the Allianz Arena was comfortable for the Germans as they won the game 5-0 after Besiktas were reduced to 10 men early in the match. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, each of them scored twice to ensure their place in the quarterfinals of the competition.
Besiktas are involved in a tight race for the Turkish Super League with three other teams in contention while Bayern Munich are strolling towards another Bundesliga title.
Head to Head
The round of 16 first leg match was the first time these two sides have ever met in European competitions. The game ended in a 5 nil win for Bayern Munich as Domagoj Vida of Besiktas was suspended at just sixteen minutes on the clock.
Antic Nukan has been out due to injury since July. Gokhan Tore and Veli Kavlak are both doubts for this fixture as they have both picked up injuries.
Pepe has a fractured toe and will miss the match. Domagoj Vida is suspended for this match.
Attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is a doubt for the match as the Colombian has picked up an injury.
Manuel Neuer is also still out with a Metatarsal fracture he suffered in September and will be unavailable for this match.
Left winger Kingsley Coman has a ligament tear and is out for this match. Corentin Tolisso has a shin bone bruise, and the midfielder will be unavailable for this fixture.
Players to Watch
Talisca has scored four goals in the Champions League this season. The Brazilian midfielder will be looking to add to his tally in this match.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Lewandowski has five goals to his name for Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season.
The Polish striker scored a hat-trick in his last match against Hamburg. His impressive run of form can be a crucial point for Bayern in unlocking the next stages of the competition.
Besiktas vs Bayern Munich Lineups ( Predicted XI )
Besiktas Lineup ( 4-5-1 )
Goalkeeper: Fabri (GK)
Defenders: Adriano (LB) Tosic (LCB) Medel (RCB) Gonul (RB)
Midfielders: Quaresma (LM) Hutchinson (LCM) Talisca (CM) Arslan (RCM) Lens (RM)
Bayern Munich Lineup ( 4-4-2 )
Goalkeeper: Ulreich (GK)
Defenders: Alaba (LB) Hummels (LCB) Boateng (RCB) Kimmich (RB)
Midfielders: Bernat (LM) Alcantara (LCM) Vidal (RCM) Ribery (RM)
Besiktas vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Bayern Munich are sure to qualify for the next round of the competition. Besiktas will need a miracle to even have a little chance to qualify and it can be possible only in theory.
The match, however, is likely to be a closer affair than it was in the first leg. Even at home Besiktas are the underdogs and will have difficulty in containing the Bavarians.
So, we predict a 3-1 win for Bayern Munich at the home soil of Besiktas.