Besiktas vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
BES vs BAY MATCH PREVIEW:
Turkish Champions Besiktas play host to Bayern Munich in the 2nd Leg Last-16 in the Champions League at Vodafone Park.
Not much is expected from the hosts who were thrashed 0-5 in the first leg by the Bundesliga Champions, but keeping things to a respectable score in the return leg could serve as a face-saving job for Senol Gunes' men.
However, since that dreadful night at Allianz Arena, Besiktas are unbeaten in their four matches, winning three and drawing the other one. Also considering Vodafone Park is infamous for its noise level, and it was quite evident when RB Leipzig's young star Timo Werner asked to be taken off as he couldn't cope with the noise, Bayern may not find things as easy as they find at Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, are flying high, to say the least. Jupp Heynckes has weaved his magic once again since he replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the hot seat as his team has picked up some outstanding results.
The Bavarians ripped apart Hamburger 6-0 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to 19 matches in all competitions while winning 18 times in those games.
Robert Lewandowski is in hot form at the moment. The former Borussia Dortmund star has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season, while the last eight have come in his last six appearances. Besiktas' backline needs to perform better if they want to keep him quiet-
When: March 14th, 10:30 PM IST
Where: Vodafone Park, Istanbul
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Besiktas – D L W D W W
Bayern Munich – W W W D W W
BES vs BAY TEAM NEWS:
Besiktas head-coach Senol Gunes has hosts of stars missing in the 2nd leg with Defenders Pepe and Atinc Nukan injured, along with midfielder Veli Kavlak and winger Gokhan Tore.
Croatian defender Domagoj Vida is suspended after getting red-carded in the first leg.
Gunes may be forced to field 20-year-old Fatih Aksoy or Necip Uysal to partner Gary Medel at the back.
Ricardo Quaresma is expected to return to the starting XI after missing Saturday's match against Genclerbirligi due to suspension.
Fabri (GK); Gonul, Medel, Aksoy, Adriano, Hutchinson, Arslan, Quaresma, Talisca, Babel, Negredo
Leading 5-0 from the first leg, Jupp Heynckes may opt to give some of his superstars some rests in the match, so predicting Bayern's XI can prove to be a tricky affair for this particular match.
However, Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, and Corentin Tolisso are out of this clash through injuries.
While Columbian playmaker James Rodriguez is doubtful for this match.
Ulreich (GK); Alaba, Hummels, Sule, Rafinha, Alcantara, Martinez, Vidal, Ribery, Wagner, Robben
Besiktas- No UEFA Success Yet
Bayern Munich- Five-time Champions, 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013
Head 2 Head- Three meetings in official matches
Besiktas- No wins
Bayern Munich- 03 wins
Besiktas – Talisca, Babel, Negredo
Bayern Munich – Vidal, Lewandowski, Wagner
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Bayern Munich shouldn't face a problem in seeing out the tie. Not only they are winning matches at home, the Bavarians are ruthless away from home as well as they have won the last eight away games.
But Vodafone Park is infamous for its hostile reception, so Bayern won't be finding easy outing in this match.
1-2 scoreline in favor of the visitors.
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