Bayern’s dominance in Germany’s top-flight continued at the weekend, though they faced yet another scare as they fell behind and were trailing as late as the 63rd minute before goals from new signing Sandro Wagner and Lewandowski, who slotted home a 91st minute penalty, secured all three points for the Bavarians. Jupp Heynckes’ men remain tough to face, but they do continue to prove themselves to be far from infallible.
Given the fact that several teams have managed to get at the German giants of late, Besiktas will fancy themselves to really test the hosts. After all, as we saw in the groups, the Turkish outfit are no mugs. Winning at Allianz is certainly a big ask, but the visitors have the strength, especially going forward, to make their presence felt.
At the prices, the bet that stands out is ‘Bayern to Win & Both Teams to Score’. They have performed below-par at times, but it cannot be argued that Bayern are experts at winning football matches. Even when it appears that they’re up against it, the quality of Heynckes’ side comes shining through. Having said that, they’re likely to experience a few edgy moments in this one, just as they have done in several of their recent matches.
Going forward, Bayern, with all their firepower, are very tough to stop. Besiktas aren’t renowned for their defensive solidity on the continent, so they’re unlikely to contain a home team that has scored in each of their last 26 matches and who last failed to score on home soil way back in May 2015.
Defensively, Besiktas may not thrive on Tuesday night, but they can definitely get competitive in the final third. Having scored in all six of their groups matches, scoring seven times on the road, the forward quality of Şenol Güneş’ men cannot be questioned. With both pace and power on the break, alongside mercurial, creative players such as Talisca and Quaresma in their ranks, the Turkish side will look to threaten the hosts. Having seen Schalke, Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and Leverkusen all notch against Der FCB in recent weeks, they’ll be confident of bagging that sought-after away-goal.
One player who could thrive for the visitors is Brazilian Talisca. The 24-year-old is currently enjoying a fruitful season in Istanbul, as he has scored nine goals. The forward/attacking midfielder, who is comfortable on the break and with the ball at his feet in and around the opposition box, also notched four times during the group stages. In what is likely to be an open game, where the visitors will be afforded space in behind, Talisca looks a good bet to find the net on the big occasion.
Head To Head
It’s a long time since this pair last did battle on a football pitch. Back in 1997 they met in the group stages of this competition where Bayern won both home and away, both by a 2-0 score-line.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Stats
- Bayern have now conceded at least once in each of their last five home matches, though they’ve won all five of those.
- Besiktas scored in 100% of their matches during the group stages of this competition.