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Carlton Cole accepts FA charge for social media comment

Carlton Cole has made 14 Premier League appearances this season.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has accepted a Football Association charge over a Twitter exchange with a Tottenham supporter.

Cole had until 6 p.m. GMT on Thursday night to respond to the charge of making a comment which "was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brings the game into disrepute."

A FA independent commission will now meet to decide his sanction, with no limit to the possible punishment, reports Press Association Sport.

The charge related to Cole's involvement in a Twitter...

Prem Forecaster: LFC on top-4 bubble

Liverpool, which is unbeaten in 12 straight Premier League games, continues to steadily climb the league table.
Liverpool, which is unbeaten in 12 straight Premier League games, continues to steadily climb the league table.

In three rounds of Premier League games since Insider's previous Prem Forecaster, little has ultimately changed in the title or relegation races, though Chelsea did stumble momentarily. The Champions League race is where the true drama took place, as one team's struggles were a boon for two others.

As a reminder, the Forecaster is an end-of-season table projection fueled by ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI), a regression-based algorithm designed to predict soccer matches. SPI simulates the remainder of the season 10,000 times, using the odds of each projected match, with the result presented in the table below.

In this edition we: examine table risers and fallers from the past few weeks; break down the title, Champions League and relegation battles; and preview an upcoming match with major Champions League qualification implications. To begin, here's our updated top-to-bottom table forecast:

Latest table projection

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 By Peter Thorne

Winston Reid and new West Ham deal a huge boost to Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce spoke ahead of his Premier League match against Chelsea about Winston Reid's contract and his own future at the club.

The news that Winston Reid has signed a new contract with West Ham is as surprising as it is welcoming.

With the 26-year-old becoming a free agent in the summer, a move across London to Arsenal or Tottenham had been expected, and Sam Allardyce had claimed the defender was "highly unlikely" to still be at the club next season.

Joint owner David Sullivan had other ideas, though, and managed to convince Reid that he has a good future at West Ham, getting the defender to agree to a new six-and-a-half-year...

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Winston Reid signs new West Ham contract

Sam Allardyce spoke ahead of his Premier League match against Chelsea about Winston Reid's contract and his own future at the club.

Winston Reid has ended the speculation surrounding his future by agreeing a new contract that ties him to West Ham United until 2021.

Reid, 26, joined the Hammers from Danish side FC Midtjylland in 2010 and has gone on to become an integral part of Sam Allardyce's side.

With the New Zealand international out of contract in the summer, there had been speculation that he was set to leave, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham having all been credited with an interest.

However, Reid has opted against...