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Wednesday 31st May 2017

Betfred Cup seedings confirmed

The SPFL is pleased to announce the seeding pots and numbers for this Friday’s 2017 Betfred Cup Group Stage draw.

The SPFL is pleased to announce the seeding pots and numbers for this Friday’s 2017 Betfred Cup Group Stage draw.

The draw will be conducted live on BT Sport 2 at 6.30pm this Friday (2 June), as well as being streamed live and free-to-view on BT Sport’s Facebook page and Twitter feed @btsportfootball, with the live stream shared by the SPFL’s own social media channels.

The draw comprises 40 clubs: the 38 SPFL clubs not participating in European competitions plus East Kilbride (Lowland League champions) and Buckie Thistle (Highland League champions).

The format of the 2017 Betfred Cup Group Stage draw is as follows:

The draw will produce eight groups of five teams on a regionalised basis - four ‘North’ groups and four ‘South’ groups.

- All eight groups will be made up of one 1st seed, one 2nd seed and three unseeded clubs.

- Prior to the draw the 40 participating teams are placed into one of three pots based on league positions at the end of season 2016/17 – 8 x 1st seeds, 8 x 2nd seeds and 24 x unseeded teams. 

Each of the pots is then individually split into two equal halves: North and South
o 8 x 1st seeds = 4 x North and 4 x South;
o 8 x 2nd seeds = 4 x North and 4 x South;
o 24 x Unseeded = 12 x North and 12 x South.

The 2017 Betfred Cup will kick off another season of Scottish football and follows a hugely successful first year in the competition’s unique format which saw a number of innovations introduced. BT Sport continue as broadcast partner of the Betfred Cup for a second season.

The Group Stage draw sees the 40 participating clubs scheduled to play four games across five match dates – 15 July, 19 July, 22 July, 26 July and 29 July (subject to broadcast selections).

The format, announced in advance of the 2016 Betfred Cup, sees all drawn Group Stage matches go straight to a penalty shoot-out with the winners earning an extra ‘bonus point’ in addition to the traditional point given for a draw. 

The eight group winners and four best runners-up progress to the last 16 where they are joined by holders Celtic and fellow European representatives Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone.

It is anticipated that, following Friday’s evening’s 2017 Betfred Cup Group Stage draw, the fixture list and TV selections will be published week commencing Monday, 5 June.

North section - first seeds
1 Heart of Midlothian    
2 Ross County    
3 Dundee    
4 Inverness Caledonian Thistle    
North section - second seeds
9 Hibernian    
10 Falkirk    
11 Dundee United    
12 Dunfermline Athletic    
North section – unseeded teams

17 Raith Rovers    
18 Alloa Athletic    
19 Brechin City    
20 East Fife    
21 Peterhead    
22 Arbroath    
23 Forfar Athletic    
24 Montrose    
25 Elgin City    
26 Stirling Albion    
27 Cowdenbeath    
28 Buckie Thistle    
South section - first seeds
5 Partick Thistle    
6 Kilmarnock    
7 Motherwell    
8 Hamilton Academical    
South section - second seeds
13 Morton    
14 Queen of the South    
15 St Mirren    
16 Dumbarton    
South section – unseeded teams
29 Ayr United    
30 Livingston    
31 Airdrieonians    
32 Queen's Park    
33 Stranraer    
34 Albion Rovers    
35 Stenhousemuir    
36 Annan Athletic    
37 Edinburgh City
38 Berwick Rangers    
39 Clyde    
40 East Kilbride