Besiktas

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Vodafone Arena

14/03/2018 | 5:00 pm

Bayern Munich

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Vodafone Arena

14/03/2018 | 5:00 pm

In a sentence: Besiktas will enter Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg with Bayern Munich trailing 5-0 from the first leg at the Allianz Arena.

Last time: Bayern recorded a 5-0 victory when the pair met in Germany last month. Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice, while Kingsley Coman was also on the scoresheet for the Bundesliga giants.

This time: Besiktas are 24/5 to triumph, with Bayern available at 8/13 and the draw at 62/17.

You might remember: Bayern recorded a 2-0 victory over Besiktas when they last travelled to the Turkish giants during the 1997-98 Champions League season. Carsten Jancker and Thomas Helmer both scored for the German side on that occasion.

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Bayern Munich captain Thomas Muller scored a brace in the first leg of this Champions League tie with Besiktas, and he’ll be a major threat once again in the return

Besiktas need a minor miracle to prevent Bayern Munich from reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Indeed, Bayern recorded a 5-0 win in the first leg of their last 16 tie at the Allianz Arena last month, and it would be one of the shocks of the century if the German giants did not advance.

That said, Besiktas will want to exit the Champions League in style, and will be looking to give their passionate supporters something to cheer. It will be just the fourth meeting between these two teams in European competition, and Bayern have been victorious in each of the last three, which is certainly worth considering when analysing the football score predictions.

Besiktas are 24/5 to triumph as they look to pick up a home win over Bayern. No team has ever managed to recover from a five-goal first leg deficit in European competition, but Besiktas will be looking to beat their opponents on the night. This is actually the first season where Besiktas have reached the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and they will enter the match protecting a 12-game unbeaten home record in Europe, which stretches back to the 2014-15 campaign. That said, the Turkish giants drew all three of their home matches in the group stage.

Bayern Munich are 8/13, as identified in this Champions League preview, to pick up another win in Istanbul. They last visited Besiktas during the 1997-1998 Champions League season, and recorded a 2-0 victory on that particular occasion. The Bundesliga champions have not actually lost at this stage of the Champions League since the 2010-11 season, and they have managed 28 goals in their last six round of 16 fixtures, which is some record. Bayern are flying high at the top of the Bundesliga once again, and will be looking to land their first Champions League title since 2013, when they overcame German rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final.

The draw is 62/17, which seems a fair price when considering that Besiktas are not used to losing European games on home soil. In theory, Bayern would expect to win, but Liverpool were held by Porto having triumphed heavily in the first leg, while Manchester City lost their second leg at home to Basel in a similar situation. There is every chance that Bayern, who are the subject of a lot of interest in Champions League predictions, could take their foot off the gas, and Besiktas have more than enough quality to pick up a draw in front of their own supporters.

Vagner Love is 8/1 in the first goalscorer market for Besiktas, while the Brazilian can be backed at 14/1, as identified in this Champions League preview, to score two or more goals during the 90 minutes. The 33-year-old has 12 league goals to his name this season, and led the line at the Allianz Arena in the first leg.

Robert Lewandowski is 29/10 in the first goalscorer market, while the Poland international can be backed at 7/2 to score two or more goals during the 90 minutes of action. The Bayern forward has netted five goals in six Champions League matches this season, including twice in the first leg of this particular last 16 tie, which is certainly worth considering in the football predictions market.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Goals. Bayern are very much the goal specialists at this stage of the Champions League having scored 28 times in their last six last 16 fixtures. Over 3.5 goals can be backed at 31/25, while over 4.5 is available at 29/10 as part of the best football betting tips.

2

We fancy:

Correct score of 2-1 Bayern, which is today’s football prediction and available at 17/2. Besiktas are unbeaten in their last 12 European matches in Istanbul, but Bayern have more than enough quality to pick up another win over the Turkish club.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Besiktas beat Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig 2-0 during the group stage of this season’s competition, and it is 45/1 that Besiktas record a 2-0 victory over the German champions in this match.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.