Besiktas – Bayern Munich will be a formality really as the qualification was settled in the first leg after a strong 0-5 win for Bayern. The match will start at 18:00 and it will take place on Vodafone Park, Istanbul, Turkey.
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Betts (ENG)
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
Besiktas were never expected to make it this far in the Champions League, but finally it looks like their time is up in Europe’s elite competition. They were destroyed at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern Munich running out 5-0 victors after the Turkish visitors went down to ten men within the first 20 minutes. From a group with FC Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco there was a small chance that Besiktas will advance further in the Uefa Champions League. They made a surprise and won the group with 14 points from 6 matches. They didn’t lost any of them but drew two. Since that harsh game against Bayern, Besiktas have remained unbeaten in each of their four games, drawing against Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup and winning all three Super Lig games, to put them level with Istanbul Basaksehir. Galatasaray are three points ahead of them and it’s a big chance that the former Champions will claim back the first spot. Their journey in this season’s edition of the Champions League will end after this clash since it is hard to believe that they can overcome a 5-0 advantage of their opposition.
Senol Gunes Press Conference: In front of a capacity crowd, we want to play good football against Bayern Munich tomorrow.
Injured: Dusko Tosic, Gokhan Tore, Atinc Nukan, Pepe
Suspended: Domagoj Vida
Besiktas: Fabri – Adriano – Aksoy – Medel – Gonul – Arslan – Hutchinson – Babel – Talisca – Quaresma – Negredo
Bayern Munich are a class apart at the moment though. They destroyed Hamburger 6-0 on Saturday to make it 19 games unbeaten, 18 of which have been victories. They are a huge 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and look set to progress in the Champions League. Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski brought a very big advantage to their team from the first leg clash. They continued with their excellent displays this season and although they have finished the group stage behind PSG, but with the same number of points. They are now going to book their place in the quarter-finals without any trouble.They haven’t conceded in the last four matches and the visitors are set for another good display.
Jupp Heynckes Press Conference: You must always want to win the match, regardless of the first leg. My players are professional enough for that. We face an absolutely top opponent. They have fans that will be fired up and will be urging their team forward. That’s what makes football so special. Without the fans it would be an emotionless game.
Injured: Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso
Doubtful: James Rodriguez
Bayern Munich: Ulreich – Alaba – Hummels – Sule – Rafinha – Vidal – Martinez – Alcantara – Ribery – Wagner – Robben
Besiktas – Bayern Munich Head-to-Head:
|20.02.18||CL||Bayern||Besiktas||5 : 0|
|26.11.97||CL||Besiktas||Bayern||0 : 2|
|17.09.97||CL||Bayern||Besiktas||2 : 0|
Besiktas – Bayern Munich: Prediction
Away from home Bayern Munich have won eight matches on the trot now, and their incredible goalscoring record means that nine of their last 12 away days have seen at least three goals too. Besiktas are doing good in the Turkish Super Lig as they are unbeaten for 8 straight matches, but the quality is way more lower than in Bundesliga. Bayern will want the win in this match too, but it will be harder away from home. The away side celebrated all three victories in their head to head clashes and at the same they were able to keep the clean sheet. I think that Besiktas will not get many chances in this one just like in their first leg. A safe prediction in my opinion is a low scoring contest for the hosts.
Prediction: Besiktas under 1.5 goals, Odds: 1.40
Stake: 10 units