Ex-Spurs vs ex-Arsenal for a place in the French league cup final

Berbatov Spurs

In Wednesday night's second Coupe de la Ligue semi-final, Sebastian Squillaci takes on Dimitar Berbatov in a mini North London derby

On Wednesday night, the Stade Louis II in Monaco will be host to a mini North London derby, as a former Arsenal defender tries to stop a former Tottenham Hotspur striker from reaching the final of the Coupe de la Ligue.

Bastia's Sebastien Squillaci has been one of the Corsicans' most consistent players of the last two seasons. Despite his poor performances when part of Arsenal's squad; he has resurrected his career back in Ligue 1.

His job on Wednesday night will be to stop former Spurs and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov firing his Monegasque side into the cup final.

Monaco last won this competition back in 2003 and this new look side would love to add a trophy to Rogues et Blanc history. The closest their opponents have ever come to winning silverware was the 1998 Intertoto Cup.

The league positions put Monaco as firm favourites, but form does give Bastia a chance. Down in 16th position, the Corsicans are unbeaten in their last six games and with Squillaci at the heart of the defence, they have only conceded five goals in that run.

Monaco's defence has been the foundation on which they have built their recent success. Yet to concede a goal in 2015, they have only conceded once in 13 games. Keeping clean sheets has helped them go on and win four out of their last six games, including Sunday's 0-0 draw with Lyon. They are now fifth in Ligue 1, but level on points with Saint-Etienne.

The exits of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez were supposed to halt Monaco's progression, but Leandro Jardim's men have regrouped and built on the Portuguese coach’s organisation and defensive philosophy.

Berbatov is the club's top scorer this season with six goals in the league, but the Bulgarian striker has yet to score outside of league play. What a story it would be if he could get over his terrible miss against Lyon on Sunday and play a crucial part in Monaco reaching April's cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Possible XIs

Monaco: 4-4-2 - Stekelenburg - Fabinho, Wallace, Carvalho, Echiejile - Silva, Toulalan, Moutinho, Dirar - Martial, Berbatov

Bastia: 4-2-3-1 - Areola - Diakite, Squillaci, Modesto, Marange - Cahuzac, Gillet - Danic, Boudebouz, Palmieri – Sio

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