Bayern cruise to first-leg lead over Besiktas

Besiktas face Bayern test Messi seeks to end drought- Champions League in Opta numbers

"It's not easy, but I think the players are happy with how I have managed it so far". Naturally, he's Bayern's leading CL scorer.

Lionel Messi (13,500) - It's Messi. A place in history is temptingly close, a third Champions League title seven matches away. Barca should be in for a tough match at Stamford Bridge, but they are a slight favorite with the slate's second-best implied total (1.5 goals).

Bayern attempted 20 shots in the first half. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months. He has coaxed some excellent displays from James Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid where the talented Colombian had lost his pizzazz.

Bayern Munich have scored the most goals in the round of 16 each of the past three season. "The pass to him was flawless, the control was ideal".

Thiago Alcantara ($9,500) and Joshua Kimmich ($8,000) - These are the last Bayern guys to mention, I promise. A successful Round of 16 Leg 1 round for these teams assures them a good position when it comes to the wider Europe league matches, as well. The Austrian was impressive going forward and provided the assist for the first goal. Which players have improved most under him?

"Out of nothing he can score goals, like the first goal or the second one where we were successful with our vertical play". In the Champions League, they finished level on points with PSG after winning their last four group stage games. Marlos offers fantasy value through his role on set pieces, as he usually splits set pieces with fellow midfielder, Bernard. Besiktas, on the other hand, have had a strong season but against weaker opposition.

Bayern were five points adrift of then-leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga when the 72-year-old Heynckes returned for his fourth stint at the club. The prior year, Bayern scored six goals over the two legs against Juventus. "Every word would be one too many".

"They won't hide, they like to play attacking football - if you let them".

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen ($5,000) - Ter Stegen has been superb this season for Barcelona, making 2.7 saves per game in 23 La Liga starts.

Bayern picked up where they left off after the break. The German offers a nice blend of save volume and decent clean-sheet odds.

Despite the dismissal of the Croatia defender, Bayern initially struggled to make the advantage count as the Besiktas defence, marshalled by Portugal veteran centre-back Pepe, refused to buckle. Shakhtar impressively defeated Manchester City earlier in the Champions League group stage, though Manchester City deployed a weakened lineup due to their qualification status.



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