Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 9! 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.
The top three power increases for the week were earned by Arsenal, our lads, and Man City with wins over Tottenham, Fulham, and Man United respectively. All of those wins were over top-half teams.
The Magpies' victory—away at Craven Cottage facing Fulham—fell just behind the Gunners win coming against the second place team at home and ahead of the Manchester derby since the Citizens were also at home.
Newcastle rises from tenth to fifth on the CHIP, the largest move in the rankings. The Magpies’ five-place rise is closely followed by Man City rising four spots from sixth to second and effectively switching places with Spurs.
Chelsea continues to represent poor value for their fifth place on the standard EPL table being seven spots lower earning only 12th place on the CHIP. The Blues’ best result remains their MD1 win over Everton at Goodison Park. It will be interesting to see if Graham Potter can get his new squad to avoid the pitfalls against inferior opponents that plagued the club before he arrived.
Wolves and the Saints slid down the bottom half of the CHIP table with Southampton shifting from a positive index to a negative number and landing in the bottom three after their loss against Everton at home.
Leicester’s year-to-date results are so poor, primarily due to a loss at home against Southampton in Match Day 3, that their win over Nott. Forest only brought them up to about level with Nottingham on the latest CHIP leaderboard.
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD9.