Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 16! 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 the last slate of games took place!
Ivan Toney’s brace at The Etihad over the weekend took down Man City and in doing so created the largest single gain in points for the season for any squad. Due to much less stellar displays in previous weeks, Thomas Frank’s squad still falls below City in the CHIP table but the result did move Brentford up from eighth to fifth.
The loss at home pulled Pep and his pupils down a notch. It is the worst loss by any of the top-five teams on the EPL table this season.
Aston Villa’s resurgent bump under Unai Emery’s new leadership continued with a win at the AMEX. It was a very nice win over Brighton, a top-seven team, earning Villa the second-most points gained for the last match day before the World Cup break. Their power position on the CHIP now matches their EPL rank in 12th.
Chelsea have finally settled down the EPL table to about match their power output. The teams they have yet to play this season are Bournemouth, Forest, Man City, and then make-up games against Fulham and Liverpool so there are still two or three chances for them to prove themselves as contenders for a European place... or to continue to show themselves as simply a solid mid-table squad.
With around £270 reportedly invested over the summer for 21 points out of a possible 42, Chelsea is proving that it isn’t the amount spent that unilaterally determines the results. Which would you rather have, Marc Cucurella (£63M) alone or all of Nick Pope, Dan Burn, Sven Botman, and Kieran Trippier (~£70M total)?
The Hammer’s four wins and two ties may be enough to sit 16th in the EPL but the CHIP is looking at who those wins and ties are against and it is not any more impressed than the home fans who booed West Ham off the pitch on Saturday. Moyes’ group are tied for the most losses in the EPL with nine and have slipped into the bottom three in the CHIP rankings. With Leicester’s recent run of form, they may yet be destined to pull out of the bottom three but Wolves are still rooted at the foot of the CHIP table and well off the pace of any others.
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD16.