Last week, the Pars were drawn in the Betfred League Cup against Hearts, Peterhead, East Fife and Elgin, in a group where 4 fixtures would be played over 5 possible dates (3 weekends and 2 midweeks). The unwanted scenario of 2 potential midweek visits up north lingered until yesterday, when the schedule for the opening round of the competition was announced. Given the opposition and the proposed dates, it could not have worked out better for Dunfermline: only 1 midweek game, and 2 home games against Peterhead and Elgin. The 2 away games are a local derby with East Fife and the short trip to Tynecastle, an attractive proposition. The Hearts game is live on BT Sport but will still be played on the Saturday at 3pm, another bonus, as it was anticipated that it might have been switched to the Friday evening.
Here are the details for all 4 games:
Saturday 15/7: Elgin City (home) 3.00pm
Tuesday 18/7: East Fife (away) 7.45pm
Saturday 22/7: Peterhead (home) 3.00pm
Saturday 29/7: Hearts (away) 3.00pm
While a home game against Hearts could have been advantageous in terms of progressing to the next round, financially splitting the gate at Tynecastle will bring in more revenue for Dunfermline. As stated above, it also means we have just 1 midweek game, in Fife, while Hearts have been given 2 midweek games, the second of which is at Peterhead, on the Tuesday prior to Dunfermline's visit to Tynecastle.
The Betfred Cup groups involve 32 teams. The 8 group winners plus the 4 best runners-up move into the next round.