Betfred Scottish League Cup Betting Preview
The Betfred Scottish League Cup kicks off on Friday 15th July. With it being the first action of the season it can be hard to nail down a definitive angle on some of the sides competing but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. For the purposes of this Scottish League Cup Betting Preview I am going to focus on some Scottish Premiership sides.
Teams from Scotland’s top tier have seeded status and all bar Motherwell are favourites to win their group. That is because they are in the same group as Rangers, the only Premiership side not to be seeded.
The teams will play each other once with the usual three points for a win and one point for a draw. However, each drawn match will go straight to a penalty shoot out with the victors receiving an extra bonus point.
The eight group winners and four best runners up will then progress to the second round where they will meet the four European representatives at that stage.
Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian are all representing the SPFL in Europe. As a result they have received byes to the second round.
Betfred Scottish League Cup Betting Preview On Kilmarnock, Ross County and Rangers
Kilmarnock, for example, have enlisted a whole team of new recruits. Most remarkable was a bunch of eleven new recruits all signed in one day.
That makes predicting their capabilities incredibly difficult. It may transpire that Lee Clarke needs more time to build up the squad unity and that could make opposing Killie profitable in the short term.
Ross County are the reigning Scottish League Cup champions and they have kept the nucleus of their cup winning squad together. Jackson Irvine was the centre of transfer speculation but The Staggies have so far fought it off.
Liam Boyce, Michael Gardyne and Alex Schalk have also extended their stay in Dingwall. Jim McIntyre has moved to bolster their defence with four new defensive signings.
Jay McElevey is the most notable of those. He has three Scotland international caps to his name. His experience could go a long way to bolstering a porous defence from last season.
Rangers have made the most talked about squad signing so far this season. Joey Barton brings plenty of baggage with him to the Southside of Glasgow. He also brings enough forthright opinions to fill the Clyde never mind the back pages.
But there is no doubting his quality. He was named in the English Championship team of the year last season after all. If he can get up to speed with the rest of The Gers’ signings they could easily top their group.
Betfred Scottish League Cup Betting Preview On Inverness, Partick Thistle and St Johnstone
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are another side with something of the unknown about them. Richie Foran has taken over management duties after John Hughes left the stage.
That news was immediately followed by the news that David Raven would sign on again for the club. But apart from that their summer transfer activity has been underwhelming. The Caley jags have lost a ream of their big hitters especially from midfield. The lack of incoming transfers is especially relevant. So far they have signed a striker and one midfielder.
As a consequence they may find the going tough in a group that includes Dundee Utd and Dunfermline. Furthermore, it could be a difficult season ahead for The Highlanders with qualification from Group C by no means certain.
Partick Thistle are another side who have lost the guts of their defence. But they have kept a number of players who contributed to an exciting line up from middle to front last season. Meanwhile it also seems like they have made some excellent signings.
Ziggy Gordon, Chris Erskine and Danny Devine have all joined from other SPFL Premierships clubs. But their biggest capture is potentially Ade Azeez from Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee. Shelling out any money at Firhill is noteworthy and somebody there thought him worth the investment.
While Ziggy Gordon has rightly excited the Thistle fans Chris Erskine could be likely to realise some of the potential that never quite got optimised at Dundee Utd. Queen Of The South are their biggest challengers. If The Jags can gel their new look defence quickly they could be a good shout to top the group.
St Johnstone know what it takes to win a cup and they have been a model of consistency over the last few years. While their form has hit peaks and troughs they have finished in the Premiership’s top six in each of the last five seasons.
Tommy Wright knows that topping last season’s fourth place finish is a difficult ask. To aid him in that task he has signed Blair Alston from Falkirk and Paul Paton from Dundee Utd. They will add to an already strong midfield that includes Murray Davidson and Liam Craig.
But they are unlikely to have things all their own way in a group that includes Falkirk. The Bairns will be bowled over by nobody even if they have lost one of their most outstanding performers to the group favourites.
Betfred Scottish League Cup Betting Preview On Dundee
While there is still time for things to change Dundee’s best bit of business has been holding on to the deadliest strike partnership in the SPFL Premiership. Kane Hemmings and Greig Stewart remain in the dark blue and that should strike fear into their Scottish League Cup opponents.
They have also bolstered the midfield with the signings of James Vincent and Danny Williams, both from Inverness. Mark O Hara has joined from Kilmarnock and is a good young prospect. Meanwhile Michael Duffy who impressed for Alloa last season has joined on loan from Celtic.
But it is the strength of their group, or lack of it, that should see them winning it outright. The highest rank opposition are Dumbarton from the SPFL Championship. Peterhead, East Fife and Forfar Athletic are the other opponents.
It may well transpire that Peterhead are their closest challengers. The Blue Toon have had an excellent pre season and have been banging in the goals as they did for most of last season.
Betfred Scottish League Cup Betting Preview Best Bet
The price on Dundee to top the group is hard to ignore. Betfred, who are the sponsors of this season’s competition, are offering 1.73 (8/11) on that outcome. While most firms are yet to offer anything they are much more likely to fall in line with the bet365 price of 1.4 (2/5).
Hence, taking the Betfred price early could be well worth your while.
Betfred Scottish League Cup Betting Preview Free Football Tips
Dundee to win Group A @ 1.73 with Betfred