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Friday 28th July 2017

Betfred Cup - weekend preview

The group stage of the Betfred Cup concludes this weekend, with nine places still up for grabs in Sunday's last-16 draw.

The group stage of the Betfred Cup concludes this weekend, with nine places still up for grabs in Sunday's last-16 draw.

Falkirk, Livingston and Motherwell are already through to join European entrants Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone in the hat.

The eight group winners and four best runners-up qualify for the last 16. If clubs are level on points at the end of the group stage the criteria for separating them is 1) goal difference, 2) goals scored, 3) away goals scored, 4) matches won, 5) away matches won, 6) drawing of lots.

The draw will be made live on BT Sport on Sunday following their coverage of Dundee v Dundee United and will also be streamed on their Facebook page HERE

Group A
Falkirk are already through as group winners and are looking for a fourth straight win when they go to Brechin. Inverness CT need to beat Forfar at Station Park to leapfrog Stirling Albion and finish second but eight points looks unlikely to be enough to qualify as a best runner-up.

Group B
The big game is at Tynecastle where Hearts need a win over Dunfermline to finish top of the section in a game that is live on BT Sport, kick-off 3.00pm. Peterhead will finish second if they beat Elgin City at Borough Briggs, regardless of the result in the capital.

Group C
Dundee United and Dundee both look on course to qualify, with 100% records so far. United are ahead of their city rivals on goal difference going into Sunday's BT Sport live game at Dens Park, kick-off 3.00pm.

Group D
Ross County are a point ahead of Hibernian after winning the shoot-out in Dingwall last Friday but both are well placed to make the last 16. Hibs travel to Alloa while County head for Gayfield to play Arbroath.

Group E
A draw away to Annan Athletic will be enough to earn Ayr United first place and Kilmarnock also still harbour hopes of progressing. They host a Dumbarton side with just one point so far.

Group F
Motherwell are through as group winners and will want to beat Berwick Rangers at Fir Park to ensure they are seeded in Sunday's draw. Morton will finish second if they defeat Edinburgh City at Cappielow.

Group H
Livingston's midweek win at Stranraer assured them of top spot and they will be joined in the last 16 by Partick Thistle if the Jags beat Stranraer, who are yet to pick up a point, at Firhill.

Betfred Cup tables – how things stand