Former Hibs’ captain James McPake will bring his side to Easter Road on Sunday knowing that a draw will be sufficient for them to top Group B and earn a seeded place in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup.

Both sides have maximum points from their opening three games but Dundee have the superior goal difference.

James McPake – Photo by Jim Mackintosh

Hibs will be without first-choice keeper Ofir Marciano who is on international duty with Israel and Ryan Porteous who is on Under-21 duty with Scotland.

Kyle Magennis was also selected for the Under-21s who face Croatia at Tynecastle on Thursday but has to withdraw from the squad due to injury.

The game kicks off at 4.30pm and will be live on Premier Sport.

The draw for the last-16 takes place after the final whistle.

Last night McPake spoke to DeeTV after his side had beaten Cove Rangers 3-0 at the Kilmac Stadiumand said:  “I thought it was a well-earned victory. Good performance, I know it took us to the 83rd minute to get the second goal and you could see the relief in the players.

“That maybe goes back to what happened a couple of weeks ago. The second goal is important but I thought even at 11 v 11 we were as good as we’ve been against a team that is equal to some of the teams in our league.

“We set out when the fixtures came out to get nine points (from first three fixtures), by default we got the three against Forfar and a really tough test against Brora. We’ve got nine points now and we go to Easter Road with the chance of topping the group.