Welcome to our weekly CHIP update after Match Day 19! 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!
Out of 27 possible points, home teams claimed only six points over Match Day 19. Manchester United was the only home winner (hosting the Cherries) along with three matches ending in a tie.
All three ties had the lower-ranked Premier League club playing on the road. Typically, this many “away results” would be a formula to earn a lot of power points but, in this case, predominantly top-ten teams were traveling to visit bottom-ten clubs, and the top-ten teams won or tied and so the outcomes on the CHIP were pretty much muted.
Manchester City won their match at Stamford Bridge, thus claiming the largest power point total for the week. With Arsenal not defending their home turf, this result closed the CHIP gap between both squads—not to mention the Premier League point gap—between the clubs slightly.
Newcastle’s tie at the Emirates served them the second-best power claim simply due to the hosts being at the top of the Premier League. Tottenham’s win away at Crystal Palace was the third-best result of the weekend.
West Ham’s and Wolverhampton’s away ties were enough to push them up the CHIP. West Ham moved out of the bottom three and into the 17th spot while Wolves moved off the bottom of the table and into the 18th position.
A relatively punchless Southampton are now at the bottom of both tables. Does anybody believe they will not end the season there?
Leicester floated up the table before the World Cup break but the CHIP remains unconvinced that they will not settle back down in time. The Foxes' loss at home versus Fulham did nothing to help their power placement as they sit in 19th through 19 match days.
Make-up games will begin to filter into results in future match day results and so there will be some chances for clubs to take the small advantage of two results between our CHIP updates. Will any of them take that advantage, though?
Here are the full CHIP ranks through MD19.