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Friday 10th November 2017

IRN-BRU Cup quarter-final previews

The quarter-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup take place this weekend, with the semi-final draw being made on Tuesday at 1.00pm.

The quarter-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup take place this weekend, with the semi-final draw being made on Tuesday at 1.00pm.

Dundee United v Crusaders - Saturday, kick-off 1.00pm
New Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo takes charge for the first time in an early kick-off at Tannadice as the holders face their Belfast-based opponents. United knocked out Linfield by a single goal in the previous round and go into the game on the back of consecutive victories in the Ladbrokes Championship, which moved them level on points with leaders St Mirren. Crusaders are third in the Northern Irish Premier League, nine points behind leaders Coleraine, and saw off Cove Rangers 3-0 at Station Park to reach the last eight.

Dumbarton v Raith Rovers - Saturday, kick-off 3.00pm
Dumbarton knocked out Stranraer in round three, winning 2-1 at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium, while Rovers defeated St Mirren 3-1 at the Paisley 2021 Stadium. Stevie Aitken’s team beat Brechin City 1-0 at Glebe Park in the Ladbrokes Championship on Saturday while Rovers defeated East Fife by the same score at Stark’s Park and are second on goal difference to Ladbrokes League 1 leaders Ayr United, who they face at Somerset Park on Tuesday.

Inverness Caley Thistle v Falkirk - Saturday, kick-off 5.15pm (Live on BBC ALBA)
Caley Thistle haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last six games, a run that includes a 3-0 home win over Peterhead in the last round of the IRN-BRU Cup. John Robertson was this week named Championship Manager of the Month for October, with defender Carl Tremarco landing the Player of the Month award. The teams drew 0-0 in the Ladbrokes Championship at the Falkirk Stadium last month. The Bairns beat local rivals Dunfermline 2-0 to reach this stage but have failed to win since then, drawing three times and losing once.

The New Saints v Queen of the South - Sunday, kick-off 2.45pm (Live on S4C)
Queen of the South beat Montrose 3-1 at Links Park after extra time in the third round and have been in good form of late, racking up three wins in a row in the Championship. Gary Naysmith takes his team south to Oswestry for Sunday’s game against the Welsh champions. TNS reached the semi-finals last season and saw off Elgin City 4-0 at Park Hall Stadium in the last round. They are top of the Welsh Premier League, ahead of Connah’s Quay on goal difference.

Link for Tuesday's semi-final draw on the SPFL Facebook page HERE