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Friday 13th July 2018

Betfred Cup

Betfred Cup preview

The 2018/19 Betfred Cup kicks off this weekend with a televised game between Kilmarnock and St Mirren at Rugby Park on Friday night.

It’s the first of 80 group stage fixtures between now and the end of the month - the eight group winners and four best runners-up join European entrants Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibernian in the last 16 on the weekend of August 18/19.

The draw will be made following BT Sport’s live coverage of Heart of Midlothian v Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday July 29, kick-off 3.00pm. Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibernian will be seeded, along with the four group winners with the best records.

As in previous seasons, drawn games in the group stage will go straight to penalties, with the shoot-out winners earning a bonus point.

Betfred Cup group stage fixture list in PDF format

Group A
Ross County
Dundee United
Elgin City
Alloa Athletic

Group B
St Johnstone
East Fife
Forfar Athletic

Group C
Heart of Midlothian
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Raith Rovers
Cove Rangers

Group D
Dunfermline Athletic
Stirling Albion
Brechin City

Group E
Partick Thistle
Albion Rovers
Ayr United

Group F
Hamilton Academical
Berwick Rangers
Annan Athletic

Group G
Queen of the South
Edinburgh City

Group H
St Mirren
Queen's Park

Live group games on BT Sport
Kilmarnock v St Mirren - Friday July 13, ko 7.45pm
Raith Rovers v Heart of Midlothian - Saturday July 21, ko 3.00pm
Dundee v Dunfermline Athletic - Sunday July 22, ko 3.00pm
Clyde v Motherwell - Saturday July 28, ko 3.00pm
Heart of Midlothian v Inverness CT - Sunday July 29, ko 3.00pm

Betfred Cup 2018/19 dates
Group stage MD1 – Weekend of July 13/14
Group stage MD2 – Midweek of July 17/18
Group stage MD3 – Weekend of July 21/22
Group stage MD4 – Midweek of July 24/25
Group stage MD5 – Weekend of July 28/29

Second round – Weekend of August 18/19
Quarter-finals – Midweek of September 25/26/27
Semi-finals – Weekend of Sunday October 27/28
Final – Sunday December 2

Click HERE for the full Betfred Cup group stage fixture list