Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 13! 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!
Last week this column pointed out that only teams who had won against other top-7 clubs were in the top four of the CHIP. However, our beloved Magpies did something this week none of those clubs have yet done, and then some: they defeated a top-7 team at their place.
That is correct, all other losses in matches between the creme-de-la-creme of the Premier League have happened on the road. Man Utd lost on MD1 at home to Brighton but all other losses by top-7 squads have been on the road regardless of opponent.
This fact makes our lad’s win over Spurs far and away the most substantial win from a power perspective yet this whole season. And with Fulham up into seventh on the EPL, the Mag’s win at Craven Cottage five matches ago gives our Geordies two of the top five power-grabbing games in the league. With the next two opponents being currently 15th and 16th on the EPL table, there will not be as many power points available.
Casemiro’s injury time header for Man Utd at Stamford Bridge kept Chelsea from getting their first win against a top-7 squad. By West Ham moving into 10th in the EPL, the Blues may now claim a win against a top-10 opponent. Their run of games on the horizon against Arsenal (H), Man City (A), and Newcastle (A) before the break will help determine how they truly fit on the EPL table and will better reconcile their EPL ranking with their CHIP percentage and ranking.
The CHIP has been reporting the pending drop of Leeds and now their power position matches their EPL position in 18th. Brighton’s form has them following Leeds' slide but from previously loftier heights. Can De Zerbi get the ship righted anytime soon? Chelsea may be catching them at a good time this weekend. Brighton look to be tumbling out of the top 10 based on form.
Nottingham Forest’s win at The City Ground over Liverpool garnered the second-most power of the weekend and pulled them out of the bottom three. Leicester may have moved out of the bottom three on the EPL table but a win against second-bottom Wolves does not impress the CHIP calculations. The Foxes find themselves rooted at the bottom of the CHIP but they can have hope. A win Saturday at the King Power over Man City would undoubtedly lift them two or three places in the MD14 CHIP report similar to Forest’s movement here.
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD13.