Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 8! 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 ahead of the last international break before the World Cup.
Six teams did not have the opportunity to impact their power totals due to their matches being postponed. Nevertheless, their existing power-score relationships to those that did play changed and there was some significant movement this week.
Arsenal’s win at Griffin Park is their biggest show of power in the young season. The result catapulted the Gunners up to the top of the CHIP table. Tottenham’s win at home over the hapless Foxes added very little power and thus a sizable gap formed between the first and second spots on the table.
Even having a game in hand after the recent postponements of matches, the Seagulls and the Red Devils were able to maintain their lofty rankings of third and fourth respectively.
Manchester City remains undefeated but also have one of the largest challenges for Premier League teams still in front of them with a tough schedule ahead. Liverpool find themselves eight points behind the Citizens but only one spot behind on the CHIP table due to their results against stiffer competition.
Bournemouth’s tie away at St James’ Park is their strongest result of the year while our Magpies continue to flounder. Our lads continue to add points via ties without very convincing play—if at all—and thus sit in a predictable mid-table position with few truly good or bad results.
Chelsea continued to underachieve considering their payroll and resources, although they must think the change in their bench will help them escape mediocrity. They now have a game in hand but their best result remains their win in the first week of the season at Goodison Park. With Everton winning this week, that result looks better for Chelsea but it is still a pretty week year so far for the Blues, even more, when that is the best they have down so far.
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD8.