Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 10! If you are not up to date with the Comin Home Index of Power or need an introduction to it before going ahead with this week’s update, you can always check our introduction by following this link. Other than that, here’s our most-recent update after last weekend’s games and with the last international break before the World Cup already in the books.
Match Day 10 was one of the least volatile sets of matches so far in the season. Teams further up the EPL table generally won over their lower-ranked opponents while seven hosts defended their home turf. These are not the ingredients for much change week over week.
By far the most powerful win of the week was Tottenham’s away win at the AMEX. West Ham’s win at home over the higher-ranked Cottagers and Manchester United's away win at Goodison Park were the next two most power-grabbing outcomes.
Newcastle continue to consistently earn power. NUFC’s rise into the top four is certainly influenced most by their two recent and impressive wins but the lad’s three ties against current top 10 sides help as well. Who had the Cherries in eighth on the EPL table at this stage of the season... and with an interim manager no less? That tie a few weeks ago was disappointing but it is not shorting our Mags in CHIP power.
Just as with the EPL table, the bottom four are Wolves, Southampton, Forest, and Leicester. The CHIP agrees that Leicester are bottom and Forest are second to bottom. Wolverhampton and Southampton are effectively the same team through MD10 except the Wolves defended home ground against the Saints back on MD 6.
From a power standpoint, these four teams are a bit adrift from everyone else. However, Leeds have been equally poor over their past six matches since their big win at home versus Chelsea. Keep an eye on them as they have been leaking power points consistently and are sliding down the table.
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD10.