Odds: Besiktas 17/4, Draw 18/5, Bayern Munich 11/20
Kick Off: 1700, 14/03/2018
Stadium: Besiktas Park
TV: BT Sport
Bayern Munich all-but assured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals when beating Besiktas 5-0 in Germany and may now ease off in the second leg.
Jupp Heynckes showed he isn’t afraid to rest players during group-stage encounters with Anderlecht and Celtic, so changes are expected in Istanbul.
A Look At Besiktas’ Betting Odds
Besiktas were left facing an uphill battle in Munich following the 16th-minute dismissal of defender Domagoj Vida.
However, they did hold out until a slightly fortuitous goal for Thomas Muller just before half-time.
Although overrun in the second period, Besiktas received a warm welcome back in Turkey from their fanatical fans, despite a 5am airport landing, and do have past history of recovering from such setbacks.
Last season, they bowed out of Europe’s elite club competition following a 6-0 thrashing at Dynamo Kiev, but rallied to reach the Europa League quarter-finals, before only losing to Lyon on penalties.
Since the debacle in Germany, Besiktas have bounced back to record three straight wins in Turkey’s top flight, including a 3-1 triumph over Fenerbahce at this venue.
Looking at the Besiktas vs Bayern Munich odds, we reckon 7/5 for the hosts to avoid defeat is another tempting option.
A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds
Bayern Munich did turn on the style after the interval on home turf and the runaway Bundesliga leaders are now just 19/4 to lift this trophy for the sixth time.
Muller added a second and helped to set up Robert Lewandowski for one of his two late goals, while hot prospect Kingsley Coman also hit the back of the net.
“The opener before the break gave us a psychological advantage and in the second half we saw a different Bayern team,” said Heynckes.
“We scored some great goals and played some good football. Of course, I’m satisfied with the performance.”
Heynckes had the luxury of starting without Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, stating: “I have to do what I think is best. The players have to accept that, end of.”
Another 10 goals have been netted in their last two Bundesliga games, with Freiburg beaten 4-0 and then Lewandowski hitting a hat-trick in a 6-0 rout of Hamburg.
Tougher challenges lie ahead for Bayern, though, including a domestic trip to RB Leipzig four days after this game, so we’re predicting Heynckes will shuffle his pack again in Istanbul.
That makes 4/1 for a score draw a tempting option for our Besiktas vs Bayern Munich betting tips.
BESIKTAS 1-0 Genclerbirligi – Anderson Talisca
BAYERN MUNICH 6-0 Hamburg – Franck Ribery (2), Robert Lewandowski (3), Arjen Robben
Head-to-head: Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas, Besiktas 0-2 Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 2-0 Besiktas
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