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Wednesday 13th July 2016

Betfred Cup - Group C preview

The Betfred Cup kicks off on Friday night, with BT Sport covering the game between Arbroath and Dundee United at Gayfield.

The Betfred Cup kicks off on Friday night, with BT Sport covering the game between Arbroath and Dundee United at Gayfield.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dunfermline Athletic and Cowdenbeath are the other teams bidding to make progress from Group C.

Inverness Caley Thistle
Manager: Richie Foran
League Cup fact: Reached the final in 2013/14 but lost to Aberdeen on penalties.
Last season: Lost 2-1 at home to Ross County in the quarter-finals.
Betfred odds to win Group C: 11/8
Summer signings: Scott Boden (Newport County), Jake Mulraney (Queens Park Rangers), Billy King (Heart of Midlothian, loan), Kevin McNaughton (Wigan Athletic).

Dundee United
Manager: Ray McKinnon
League Cup fact: Both their League Cup triumphs came at Dens Park – in 1979 and 1980.
Last season: Beaten 3-0 by Hibernian in the quarter-final at Easter Road.
Betfred odds to win Group C: 7/4
Summer signings: Stewart Murdoch (Ross County), Cammy Bell (Rangers), Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers), Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock).

Dunfermline Athletic
Manager: Allan Johnston
League Cup fact: Have been runners-up on three occasions.
Last season: Lost 3-1 AET to Dundee United at Tannadice in round three
Betfred odds to win Group C: 11/4
Summer signings: Nat Wedderburn (Inverness Caley Thistle),  Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock), Gavin Reilly (Hearts, loan), Paul McMullan (Celtic, loan), Euan Spark (Dundee United).

Manager: Dick Campbell
League Cup fact: Reached the last four in 1959/60 but lost to Third Lanark.
Last season: Lost 4-2 to Hearts at Tynecastle in the first round.
Betfred odds to win Group C: 28/1
Summer signings: Steven Doris (Stirling Albion), Michael Dunlop (Forfar Athletic), Colin Hamilton (Alloa Athletic), Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic), Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic), Bryan Prunty (Airdrieonians), Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers), Robbie Mutch (Aberdeen, loan), Josh Thomson (Cowdenbeath), Ricky Gomes (Atletico Club Malveira).

Manager: Liam Fox
League Cup fact: Were semi-finalists in 1959/60 and 1970/71.
Last season: Were beaten 5-1 at Dunfermline Athletic in round one.
Betfred odds to win Group C: 22/1
Summer signings: Fraser Mullen (East Fife), Craig Sives (Livingston), David McGurn (Raith Rovers), Lewis Moore (Hearts, loan), Greg Ross (Penicuik Athletic), Burton O'Brien (Alloa Athletic), Shaun Rutherford (Queen of the South), Gary Glen (Livingston), David Robertson (Selkirk), Kris Renton (Newtongrange Star), Chris Turner (Hamilton Accies), Gerry McLauchlan (Ayr United).

Group C fixture list

Friday July 15
Arbroath v Dundee United, 7.45pm (BT Sport)

Saturday July 16
Cowdenbeath v  Inverness Caley Thistle, 3.00pm

Tuesday July 19
Dundee United v Cowdenbeath , 7.45pm
Dunfermline Athletic v Arbroath, 7.45pm

Saturday July 23
Cowdenbeath v  Dunfermline Athletic, 3.00pm
Inverness Caley Thistle v Dundee United, 3.00pm

Tuesday July 26
Dunfermline Athletic v Inverness Caley Thistle, 7.45pm

Wednesday July 27
Arbroath v Cowdenbeath, 7.45pm

Saturday July 30
Inverness Caley Thistle v Arbroath, 3.00pm

Sunday July 31
Dundee United v Dunfermline Athletic, 3.00pm