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Tuesday 9th August 2016

Betfred Cup second-round previews

The last 16 of the Betfred Cup takes place this week, with five ties on Tuesday evening and three more matches on Wednesday.  

The last 16 of the Betfred Cup takes place this week, with five ties on Tuesday evening and three more matches on Wednesday.
A place in the last eight of the competition on September 20/21 is the prize at stake, with the semi-finals on October 22/23 and the final on Sunday November 27.
Alloa Athletic v Inverness Caley Thistle - Tuesday, 7.30pm
Betfred Cup odds: Alloa 150/1, Inverness CT 25/1
Referee: Don Robertson
Last meeting: Inverness CT 6-1 Alloa Athletic - League Cup, 24/08/05
How they got here: Alloa had a perfect record in Group D, beating Cove Rangers and Montrose then knocking out Ross County and defeating Raith Rovers. Caley Thistle topped Group C on goal difference from Dundee United, who beat them on penalties. ICT scored seven against Arbroath and five at Dunfermline.
Dundee United v Partick Thistle - Tuesday, 7.45pm
Betfred Cup odds: Dundee United 33/1, Partick Thistle 33/1
Referee: Steven McLean
Last meeting: Dundee United 3-3 Partick Thistle – Ladbrokes Premiership, 10/05/16
How they got here: United were Group C runners-up, with wins over Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath and shoot-out successes at Arbroath and Inverness. Thistle picked up maximum points in Group E thanks to a home win over Queen of the South in the decider.
Hamilton Accies v Morton - Tuesday, 7.45pm
Betfred Cup odds: Hamilton 33/1, Morton 100/1
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Last meeting: Hamilton Accies 10-2 Morton, Championship, 03/05/14
How they got here: Hamilton were Group G winners on goal difference despite losing their first game at Ayr. Accies hit back to reach the last 16 by beating St Mirren, Edinburgh City and Livingston. Morton were clear winners in Group H – they didn’t concede a single goal in matches with Albion Rovers, Clyde, Berwick Rangers and Kilmarnock.
Hibernian v Queen of the South - Tuesday, 7.45pm
Betfred Cup odds: Hibernian 20/1, Queen of the South 150/1
Referee: Euan Anderson
Last meeting: Hibernian 2-0 Queen of the South - Ladbrokes Championship, 01/05/16
How they got here: Hibs received a bye into round two as they qualified for Europe. Their Championship rivals were Group E runners-up, beating Airdrieonians, Queen's Park and Stenhousemuir but losing to Partick Thistle.
Rangers v Peterhead - Tuesday, 7.45pm
Betfred Cup odds: Rangers 10/3, Peterhead 250/1
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Last meeting: Rangers 4-0 Peterhead - Challenge Cup Final, 10/04/16
How they got here: Rangers topped Group F with wins over Motherwell, East Stirlingshire, Annan Athletic and Stranraer. Peterhead were Group A winners ahead of East Fife, Dundee, Forfar Athletic and Dumbarton following a dramatic shoot-out win in their final game.
Ayr United v Aberdeen - Wednesday, 7.45pm
Betfred Cup odds: Ayr United 250/1, Aberdeen 8/1
Referee: Alan Muir
Last meeting: Ayr United 0-1 Aberdeen - League Cup, 27/08/08
How they got here: Aberdeen received a bye in the first round while Ayr were Group G runners-up after wins against Hamilton Accies, Livingston and Edinburgh City. They lost 1-0 at St Mirren but finished ahead of Saints on goal difference.
Celtic v Motherwell - Wednesday, 7.45pm (BT Sport)
Betfred Cup odds: Celtic 13/8, Motherwell 50/1
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Last meeting: Celtic 7-0 Motherwell - Ladbrokes Premiership, 15/05/16
How they got here: Celtic weren't involved in round one while Motherwell recovered from a matchday one defeat to Rangers to qualify as Group F runners-up thanks to wins over Annan, East Stirlingshire and Stranraer.
St Johnstone v Heart of Midlothian - Wednesday, 7.45pm
Betfred Cup odds: St Johnstone 25/1, Hearts 12/1
Referee: Crawford Allan
Last meeting: Hearts 2-2 St Johnstone - Ladbrokes Premiership, 15/05/16
How they got here: St Johnstone were Group B winners by a distance despite a surprise shoot-out loss to Brechin. Comfortably beat Elgin City, Falkirk and Stirling Albion. Hearts didn't play in round one after qualifying for Europe.