Preview - Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 21 Feb 2018

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Round of 16
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Corentin Tolisso (3)
Last five matches: W D D W W
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Cenk Tosun, Anderson Talisca (4)

Bayern Munich surprisingly finished second in their group to Paris Saint Germain, albeit on goal difference. This may have benefited the mighty Germans though, as they ended up drawing Besiktas, one of the "easier" teams who qualified, for their Round of 16 tie.

Bayern continued their supremacy in the Bundesliga this weekend after defeating Wolfsburg, but they took quite a scare. They went a goal down inside ten minutes, and didn't find the equalizer until the 63rd minute. It took a stoppage time Robert Lewandowski penalty kick to grant them the victory. This may have shown Besiktas that Bayern do have weaknesses and are indeed beatable.

Besiktas aren't pushovers either. They topped their group and didn't lose a game. They proved to be a strong attacking side by averaging almost two goals a game and managed to score in all six of their matches. They have a creative midfield pair in Ricardo Quaresma and Anderson Talisca, and a reliable forward in Cenk Tosun, so finding goals isn't an issue for Besiktas. Even though winning at the Allianz Arena seems like a big task, the Turkish champions are up for it.

It will be a very interesting match. Bayern Munich have a lot of firepower up front, while Besiktas aren't exactly known for their defensive prowess. The last time Bayern Munich failed to score at the Allianz was in May 2015. However, with the pace and counter attack ability that Besiktas possess it isn't too farfetched to believe that the Turks will get a coveted away goal. 

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Besiktas


Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 5:0
Shots: 24:4
Shots on target: 12:1
Corner Kicks: 6:3
Possession: 66:34

Bayern Munich put a beat down on 10-man Besiktas that all but settles this tie before even playing the second leg.

Besiktas played with a one man disadvantage since the 16th minute when Domagoj Vida brought down Robert Lewandowski with a reckless challenge at the edge of the box. Vida was the last man between Lewandowski and the goal, and by rule had to be sent off for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. In reality, Besiktas were fortunate that they didn't go a goal down right then, as James Rodriguez' free kick curled just wide of the goal.

Even down a man, the Turkish champions had an opportunity to open the scoring when Vagner Love beat center backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng but poked the ball over the crossbar.

Goalkeeper Fabri denied Hummels by making a fantastic save after a header by the German. Ricardo Quaresma then had a chance after he burned Hummels and raced towards goal, but shot straight at Sven Ulreich.

It seemed that the visitors would survive the half and go into the locker room tied at zero, but Thomas Muller showed up and opened the scoring. Kingsley Coman beat Adriano on the left flank and crossed for David Alaba. The Austrian was unable to bring the ball down but Muller, in the right place at the right time, got to the ball and made the finish.

Lewandowski provided the assist for Bayern's second goal near the start of the second half. His pull back was met by an unmarked Coman who punched the ball into the back of the net.

Bayern were dangerous down the flanks through Coman and Joshua Kimmich. It would be trhough Kimmich that their second goal would arrive. A cross by the German right back was volleyed home by Muller.

Hummels tried his luck from distance in the 79th minute. Fabri did enough to keep it out of the net but gave up a rebound that Lewandowski was quick to pounce on and tap in to make it 4-0.

Bayern made it 5-0 after Muller unselfishly gave up his hat trick and squared a ball to Lewandowski. Again, all the Pole had to do was get a foot on it and direct it towards goal. Rarely does he miss an opportunity like that.

Do Bayern Munich even have to travel to Turkey for the return leg? Surely this is an insurmountable lead. The Germans are definitely through to the quarterfinals. After this result, Jupp Heynckes even has the luxury of rotating his players and leaving some starters at home.

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