German giants Bayern Munich were quite fortunate to be pitted against Besiktas after finishing second in their group, but they will have to justify the favourites’ tag.
The Super Eagles are unbeaten in this year’s Champions League and they travel to Allianz Arena hoping to keep the tie alive ahead of the return leg.
The Bundesliga champions haven’t quite managed to impress in Europe’s elite competition in recent years, and they will be hoping to finally mount a serious title challenge.
Bayern somewhat struggled in the group stages, finishing second behind Paris Saint-Germain, but they had the luck of the draw and will now be vying Besiktas for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Bavarians head into the first leg in excellent spirits, having won 13 straight matches in all competitions, and they can be backed at 1.17 (1/6) to win the Tuesday’s encounter.
Bayern did well to come from a goal behind at the weekend, defeating Wolfsburg on the road thanks to goals from Sandro Wagner and Robert Lewandowski.
Jupp Heynckes will now recall several regular starters to his side, making sure his strongest team attempt to create a decent advantage ahead of the clash in Istanbul.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Ulreich – Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba – Vidal, Javi Martinez – Muller, James, Coman – Lewandowski.
Besiktas were arguably the surprise package of the Champions League group stage, finishing top of the group that also included the likes of RB Leipzig, Monaco and FC Porto.
The Super Eagles picked up 14 points from six group games, going through the group phase unbeaten, but they were very unfortunate to get star-studded Bayern Munich in the Last 16 stage.
Besiktas are also involved in a very interesting title chase in Turkish Super Lig with Istanbul Basaksehir, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, although it is now time to shift their focus towards the Champions League campaign.
The Super Eagles have been in fine form of late, recording five wins and two draws in last seven, but they clearly face a very difficult task at Allianz Arena.
Head coach Senol Gunes faces some selection problems as Dusko Tosic, Gokhan Tore and Veli Kavlak all miss out through injury.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Fabri – Gonul, Medel, Pepe, Adriano – Hutchinson, Oguzhan – Quaresma, Talisca, Babel – Vagner Lowe.