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Bayern Munich – Besiktas (Champions League)

Bayern Munich and Besiktas are up against each other on Tuesday night, at the Allianz Arena, for the 1st leg of the Champions League round of 16. With a victory against Wolfsburg on the weekend, Bayern Munich have now won their last 13 matches in all competitions, but seem to have to work a little on their defensive organization. Besiktas, on their turn, also arrives here in a good moment, having only lost two of their last 24 matches in all competitions.

Bayern Munich reached this round of 16 after having qualified as 2nd placed in Group B, behind PSG and ahead of Celtic and Anderlecht. The Bavarians are a different team since Jupp Heynckes took over, they are a much more consistent team in their results and performances, and much better prepared for the european competitions. Bayern have won their last 13 consecutive matches in all competitions, and won 18 of their last 19 matches. The fact that are completely isolated at the top of the Bundesliga table gives the german coach the chance to rest their key-players so that they are in perfect conditions for the Champions League.

The Bavarian Giant won all three home matches for the Champions League, scoring 9 goals and conceding only 1 in the process. However, since the beginning of the year there has been a lack of defensive solidity in the team, and in their last 6 matches played in the Bundesliga, all in 2018, the Germans conceded 7 goals, something they need to correct against a capable Besiktas. Besides this, the germans have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven on home soil.

In their last 5 official matches, Bayern Munich has a record of 5 victories. This sequence of results started with a 5-2 victory over Hoffenheim. This result was followed by a 0-2 victory against Mainz, a 0-6 victory against Paderborn, for the DFB-Pokal, a 2-1 victory over Schalke 04, and in their last match, a 1-2 victory against Wolfsburg.Manuel Neuer is expected to miss out for Bayern Munich here.

Probable Lineup: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels e Alaba – Tolisso e Vidal – Robben, Rodríguez e Ribéry – Lewandowski.

Champions LeagueBesiktas, on their turn, arrives here after having qualified as leader of Group G, which included teams like FC Porto, RB Leipzig and AS Monaco. The turks are in a good moment of form and have only lost two of their last 24 competitive matches, in all competitions, they are also unbeaten in seven ahead of Tuesday’s daunting clash with Bayern. Converting draws into wins has proved a real problem for Besiktas this season, as 9 of those 24 competitive matches have finished tied. This is the first time the club has reached the knockout stages of the Champions League, and will want to prove that it was not luck that brought them this far.

The turks won their three matches away from home for the Champions League, and have scored 7 goals and conceded 3 in the process. In their 18 away matches this season, in all competitions, they have scored in all but one. Besiktas stands out for their qualities in direct free-kicks, Talisca and Quaresma are very dangerous when taking free-kicks near the penalty area, counter-attacks and in attacking down the wings.

In their last 5 official matches, Besiktas has a record of 3 victories and 2 draws. This sequence of results started with a 3-1 against Gençlerbirligi, for the Turkish Cup. This result was followed by a 2-2 draw away to Bursaspor, a 0-1 victory over Gençlerbirligi, for the Turkish Cup, a 5-0 victory over Karabukspor, and in their last match, a 1-1 draw away to Konyaspor. Gokhan Tore and Nukan are both sidelined due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Fabri – Gonul, Pepe, Tosic and Adriano – Hutchinson and Arslan – Quaresma, Talisca and Babel – Negredo.

Bayern Munich won the only two direct clashes against Besiktas.

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With an experienced squad and full of quality, Bayern Munich’s favoritism is undeniable. However, their recent defensive fragility could provide the opportunity for Besiktas to score.

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