#SWPLCup: New group stage drawn ahead of August kick off

The Scottish Women's Premier League Cup
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The Group Stage draw for the 2021 Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup has been made with ties commencing on 8 August.

The new format sees all 18 teams entered into the competition with four groups. This replaces the previous 1st Round of the competition which involved a seeded knock-out format. Teams remain seeded based on their final league position from the 2020/21 season but all teams are now guaranteed at least three fixtures before the beginning of the 2021/22 SWPL season.

The groups were drawn as follows:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Rangers Hibernian Glasgow City Celtic
Motherwell Forfar Farmington Spartans Heart of Midlothian
Aberdeen Dundee United Hamilton Academical Partick Thistle
Boroughmuir Thistle Kilmarnock Glasgow Women St Johnstone
Queen’s Park Stirling University

The opening round of fixtures will be played on Sunday 8 August with the standout tie arguably being in Group C as Spartans host Hamilton Academical. This will be an early test for newly promoted Hamilton who face an Edinburgh side who narrowly missed out on a top half finish last season. The other game in Group C is a Glasgow derby as Glasgow Women welcome the reigning SWPL 1 champions, Glasgow City.

The current holders of the SWPL Cup, Hibernian, are at home for their opening Group B match as they host SWPL 2 side Kilmarnock. Both sides finished their 2020/21 campaigns strongly and will be looking to continue that momentum going into 2021/22. Group B will also see Dundee United, who finished fourth in SWPL 2 just four points from promotion, at home to Forfar Farmington. The Angus side picked up only one point in their final 13 games in SWPL 1 but are under new management in former Glasgow City, Celtic, and Motherwell boss, Eddie Wolecki Black.

In Group A, SWPL 2 champions Aberdeen are at home to Boroughmuir Thistle in their opening game. The two sides finished their 2020/21 season facing each other with the Dons battling back to eventually win 4-2. The other game in the group on the opening day of fixtures has Rangers welcoming Queen’s Park.

Finally, in Group D, SWPL 1 runners-up Celtic are away to Partick Thistle. The home side missed out on promotion to SWPL 1 on the final day of last season and will likely be one of the favourites for the SWPL 2 title in 2021/22. Heart of Midlothian, who finished bottom of SWPL 1, welcome St Johnstone in the groups other game. The Perth side finished fifth in SWPL 2, 13 points off a promotion spot.

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