Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 12! 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 slate of games!
There is a reasonable chance the top-seven teams on the EPL table after MD12 will, in some order, be the same top-seven after match day 38. Of those seven squads, only four of them have wins against at least one of the other top seven and those four teams are at the top of the CHIP.
Arsenal have separated themselves at the top and have already beaten Liverpool and Tottenham. Their only loss is to Man United. The Red Devils have the most wins within this group with three (also defeating Liverpool and Tottenham) but also have two losses from teams outside of it (Brentford and Brighton).
The CHIP report has been consistent in its skepticism of Chelsea and they lived up (or down) to expectations by merely tying Brentford last Wednesday. The Blues do not have a win against a top-10 squad this season (much less a top-seven team) and similar to Man United, they have two losses to teams outside the top-seven (Leeds and Southampton).
There is very little space between places two through six on the CHIP. However, places one through four all have a game in hand and so have the potential for even more power points while Newcastle and Tottenham will be idle.
One of the biggest movers for this match day was Southampton with their win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. The outcome also served as a sizable hit to the Cherries’ CHIP. This outcome carried the Saints out from the bottom three and all the way up to just eclipse the Hammers for 15th position and just behind the faulting squad at Leeds.
The punchless lads at Aston Villa have slipped into the bottom three after their loss to Fulham followed by the sacking of manager Steven Gerrard just 90 minutes after the final whistle.
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD12.