02 January 2021 16:31
Aberdeen are set for a new year injury boost as Derek McInnes' selection woes ease again ahead of the Dons' first match of 2021. Ross McCrorie is back from suspension to face Dundee United at Pittodrie while Connor McLennan is fit after a foot injury kept him out of the Boxing Day win over St Johnstone. Scott Wright could make his return from a two-month hernia lay-off against Micky Mellon's team, leaving only Dylan McGeouch (groin), Mikey Devlin (ankle), Marley Watkins (hamstring) and Tomas Cerny (knee) in the Pittodrie treatment room. Dundee United boss Micky Mellon knows his side face another stiff Premiership test when they take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday. The Tannadice side are licking their wounds from the 3-0 defeat to champions Celtic at Parkhead on Wednesday afternoon.
Mellon will look to galvanise his players for the trip to the Granite City to take on the third-placed Dons, with whom they fought out a goalless draw on Tayside in October, and he expects another examination of their top-flight credentials. The United manager said: "Of course because they are a really experienced team at this level. "We have to take these challenges on and be a part of that and be part of a Dundee United team that always does that. "Keep that belief in the players, and that they believe they can come to places like Celtic and make a big impact." United are in fifth place and on balance, Mellon has been more than happy with their form in the first-half of the season following the club's return to the Premiership. "In the Scottish Premiership you have to play against teams like Celtic and you will learn from it and you will get better for the next time you play them." A LUCKY Brit has kicked the year off to an unbelievable start and scooped a whopping £39million Euromillions jackpot.
The winner has now come forward and claimed their prize - beating the odds of one in 139,838,160 to win the lottery. The winner of the £39m jackpot has come forward Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, the operator of The National Lottery, has today confirmed that a claim has been submitted for the whopping £39,774,466.40. Once the ticket has been validated and paid, the ticket-holder will decide whether or not to publicly share their great news. If not, all details will remain anonymous, including where the lucky ticket was bought. The National Lottery EuroMillions winning numbers yesterday were: 32, 16, 48, 44, 28. Camelot's Andy Carter, senior winners' adviser at The National Lottery, said: "What a start to 2021 for EuroMillions players. "Not only did the giant jackpot get won in the UK, but a further ten lucky players banked £1m in the Millionaire Maker event. "In all, over 900,000 UK players won a prize in the New Year's Day draw. "It is fantastic news that the jackpot winning lucky ticket-holder has now claimed this enormous prize. "We will now focus on supporting the ticket-holder through the process." It comes as five winners have yet to come forward to claim their prizes. One was the winner of the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize on Christmas Day. The same £1million prize from December 29 is also to be claimed. Meanwhile, three Set For Life winners — £10,000 per month for a year — from December 28 have not come forward. Andy Carter, the National Lottery's winners' adviser, said: "The draws have not long happened but now it's a case of urging all players to check their tickets. "Imagine what winning one of these amazing prizes would mean. People can check their tickets at a local store, or they will get an email notification if they are a lucky winner who bought their ticket online. Camelot said payouts to the five winning ticket-holders will add to the £4 billion handed out in prize money in 2020, which has created 391 new millionaires.