The Champions League Round of 16 ties continue this week and on Tuesday night it’s the turn of Bayern Munich and Besiktas at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munch were always going to be battling it out with Paris Saint-Germain having drawn the big spenders in their group. Each team won their home fixture against the other which means they finished level on points but PSG’s superior goal difference saw them claim top spot. Besiktas finished top of their group which contained Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco. This shocked many people but Besiktas were excellent in all 6 of their games, winning 4 and drawing 2 to take first place.
Bayern Munich Form
Bayern Munich return to the Champions League in superb form having won each of their 7 games following the winter break in Germany.
Prior to the winter break, Bayern Munich had won 5 games in a row, meaning they have won each of their last 13 competitive matches and a couple of friendly games. They are unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions and only one of those games has ended in a draw.
In the Champions League, Bayern Munich have lost only one of their last 20 games on home soil, which was against Real Madrid last season. They have netted 3 goals in each of their home Champions League matches this season, conceding only 1 in the process.
Besiktas travel to Germany sitting fourth in the Turkish Super Lig but only 5 points off the current leaders and with a good chance of winning the title.
They are undefeated in their last 7 matches in all competitions and have won 5 of those games, including a recent 5-0 thrashing of Kardemir Karabukspor in the league.
Besiktas are undefeated in the Champions League this season and have been excellent in away matches. They faced 3 difficult away games in the group stage but came away from Porto, Monaco and RB Leipzig with wins.
These teams are not as strong as Bayern Munich but not many sides go through the group stages winning all their away matches and that makes Besiktas a threat in this game.
Bayern Munich must continue with Sven Ulreich in goal as Manuel Neuer is unavailable due to injury. Robert Lewandowski started on the bench on the weekend but will come back into the starting XI for this match.
Besiktas will be without Gokhan Tore and Atinc Nukan who are both on the treatment table. Having lost Cenk Tosun to Everton in the transfer window, Alvaro Negredo and Vagner Love are battling to start the match up-front.
Top Betting Tips
Despite boasting an excellent away record in the Champions League this season, Bayern Munich are superb when playing at home and should win this match. Bayern Munich to win is 1/6 with William Hill.
However, Bayern Munich have not been solid defensively and Besiktas are proven to score goals on the road in the Champions League this season. Coral offer 17/10 for Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score.
If Besiktas are to score, they will be looking towards Brazilian Anderson Talisca. The attacking midfield scored 4 goals in the group stages and can be backed at 14/5 with William Hill to score at any time.