One of the most anticipated matches in UCL last-16 ties will come next week on February 20, when the German giants host Turkish underdogs. Our expectation opts for Bayern to crush Besiktas, as strong favourites to advance further than just the quarter-finals.
Finishing top of the group only to get Bayern seems harsh on Besiktas when considering that Basel, Shakhtar and Sevilla are all available. According to online sportsbook directory it will be the second meeting in history between the two teams. They have faced off on the continent in the 1997/98 season when the Bavarians beaten the Turkish outfit (2-0). In fact Besiktas have never been able to win a single match against a Bundesliga team until they met with Leipzig in the group stage this season. Although Besiktas exceeded all the expectations topping the group stage, we expect the round-of-16 to be the final destination for them. If you wish to place a bet then pick Bayern to crush Besiktas, with a game to exceed 2.5 goals.
Why is it so clear for Bayern to crush Besiktas?
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Online sportsbooks in Germany suggest Bayern Munich not only to advance to the quarter-finals but also to fight for the Champions League title. The squad is probably the most balanced in Europe with every position covered by a top-notch reserve. Under Heynckes the team showed tactical flexibility being able to switch between possession football and counter-attacking.
FC Hollywood won all past 12 games. They have secured the Bundesliga title three months before the end of the season. They are the most comfortable club table-topping its national league among all Champions League competitors, sitting 18 points clear from the closest team Leipzig. They already passed a difficult test against PSG in the group stage after convincing (3-1) victory at Allianz Arena. They certainly have the European pedigree to power into the quarter-finals. So how far Besiktas can stand a chance against the German cruising ship?
Turkish Underdogs to face a mismatch
Besiktas exceeded all expectations when they topped the group stage that included Primeira Liga leaders Porto and Ligue 1 former Champions Monaco. Thus it could still be argued that Monaco and Porto are in transition following the sale of several key players, while Leipzig lacked experience in their first European campaign. In addition the Black Eagles are not in their best shape domestically. Although they won last two Super Lig editions, this season they are 4th placed with 4 points behind the leaders Galatasaray.
On the pitch the best show will be between the Besiktas center back Pepe and the deadliest striker in world football Robert Lewandowski. We expect Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski to grant Bayern a decent advantage in the opening leg on home turf with (1.13) odds at Netbet Sportsbook. The visitors are unlikely to show any surprises on the pitch with odds standing at (18.25). The hosts are not only expected to win, but they are also expected to score over 2.5 goals during the 90 minutes with odds at (1.41).