Bayern Munich vs Besiktas: UCL Match Preview

Bayern Munich have been in good form recently.
Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes admits he has some tough team selection decisions to make.
Bayern have every outfield player fit and available for the match at the Allianz Arena, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the only absentee as he recovers from a fractured foot.

Heynckes, who steered the five-time champions to the 2013 title, said: “I have no A or B team – there is just one Bayern team.

Team Report:

Thiago Alcantara made his comeback at Wolfsburg after three months sidelined by injury, while French winger Kingsley Coman has recovered from a cold.

Thomas Muller, Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez are all competing to play in behind striker Robert Lewandowski, while Coman, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are vying for berths on the wings.

Besiktas are in the Champions League knock-out stage for the first time. The Turkish champions start a hectic period of six games in three weeks before the return leg against Bayern on March 14, including two home matches against Fenerbahce.

The loss of Cenk Tosun could effect the visiting side.

Opta stats

Bayern and Besiktas’ only previous encounter was in the 1997/98 Champions League group stages. The Bavarians won both games 2-0.

Bayern have won their last four Champions League games, the longest current run in the competition.

At the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich have won 19 of their last 20 Champions League games, the only exception coming against Real Madrid in last season’s quarter final (1-2). They have also scored three goals in each of their three home games this season.

Besiktas are the only side to have won all three of their away games in the Champions League this season. They were also one of four teams to remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League group stages, alongside Barcelona, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 17 goals in his last 16 Champions League appearances at the Allianz Arena.

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