There is a one-in-four chance of a Dundee derby in the group stages of the Betfred Cup after the SPFL announced the seedings for the competition.
Kicking off on Saturday, July 14 – the day before the World Cup Final – today’s draw for the third year of the revamped League Cup sees teams split into north and south sections, drawn together in eight groups of five.
Dundee will come out of pot one in the north section while United are second seeds meaning there’s a decent chance of a repeat of last year’s draw.
The two met in Group C with the Tangerines topping the section, a point ahead of the Dark Blues after a penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw gave them a bonus point.
They were paired again in round two with the Dens men seeing off their neighbours and pushing into the quarter-final.
Alongside Dundee as first seeds in the north section are St Johnstone, Hearts and Ross County meaning they can’t be paired together.
Each of them will face either United, Dunfermline, Inverness CT or Falkirk from pot two alongside three unseeded sides.
Those are Brechin City, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, East Fife, Forfar Athletic, Montrose, Peterhead, Stirling Albion, Elgin City, Cowdenbeath and Cove Rangers.
In the south section, recently-relegated Partick Thistle can come up against Livingston again, just weeks after losing out in the Premiership play-off to David Hopkin’s men.
Top seeds in that section are Partick, Kilmarnock, Hamilton and Motherwell with Livi, St Mirren, Queen of the South and Morton in pot two.
The draw takes place live on BT Sport at 6.30pm.