How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 11

Another Premier League gameweek, another Premier League gameweek dominated by VAR.

The controversy started over at Villa Park on Saturday when Roberto Firmino’s goal was disallowed by the assistant referee.

As always, VAR checked it but the man in charge – Martin Atkinson – agreed with the assistant referee that Firmino was offside.

Replays suggest that the Brazilian may actually have been onside with people accusing Atkinson of ‘manipulating’ the lines to ensure the original decision stood.

Later in the day, we had VAR award Watford a soft penalty when Gerard Deulofeu went down under the challenge of Jorginho.

On Sunday at Goodison Park, it was a very busy day for VAR. Son Heung-Min had a penalty appeal turned down, Dele Alli got away with a handball in his own penalty area, while Son was sent off for his role in Andre Gomes’ horrific injury.

We’re led to believe that Atkinson’s decision to send Son off wasn’t informed by VAR and was based purely after seeing Gomes’ ankle.

Now, throughout the season, GIVEMESPORT will be bringing you how the Premier League table would look without VAR.

Each week, we will look at the overturned VAR decisions from the previous gameweek and work out how it affected the match.

While gameweek 11 was dominated by VAR chat, there was actually only ONE overturned decision.

Firmino’s offside was given offside by the assistant referee so, without VAR, there would be no debate. The same goes for the penalty appeals for Spurs and Everton at Goodison Park. And as mentioned, the decision to send Son off appears to have been Atkinson’s, rather than what VAR told him.

Remember, we’re only looking at decision where VAR has overruled the referee.

So, let’s take a look at how the weekend’s incidents have affected our ‘Premier League table without VAR.’

1st | Liverpool | Points: 31 | Points difference: 0 

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2nd | Man City | Points: 27 | Points difference: +2

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3rd | Chelsea | Points: 24 | Points difference: +1

Game: Watford (A)

Incident: Penalty awarded by VAR for Jorginho’s foul on Gerard Deulofeu in the 77th minute.

Outcome without VAR (CHELSEA WIN): Chelsea were 2-0 up with a little over 10 minutes remaining and still held on despite Watford converting their penalty.

4th | Leicester | Points: 18 | Points difference: -5

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5th | Arsenal | Points: 18 | Points difference: +1

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6th | Sheffield United | Points: 17 | Points difference: +1

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7th | Wolves | Points: 17 | Points difference: +4

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8th | West Ham | Points: 16 | Points difference: +3

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9th | Bournemouth | Points: 15 | Points difference: -1

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10th | Everton | Points: 14 | Points difference: +3

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11th | Man Utd | Points: 13 | Points difference: 0

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12th | Tottenham | Points: 13 | Points difference: 0

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13th | Burnley | Points: 13 | Points difference: +1

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14th | Brighton | Points: 12 | Points difference: -3

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15th | Crystal Palace | Points: 12 | Points difference: -3

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16th | Newcastle | Points: 12 | Points difference: 0

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17th | Aston Villa | Points: 11 | Points difference: 0

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18th | Norwich | Points: 7 | Points difference: 0

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19th | Southampton | Points: 5 | Points difference: -3

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20th | Watford | Points: 5 | Points difference 0

Game: Chelsea (H)

Incident: Penalty awarded by VAR for Jorginho’s foul on Gerard Deulofeu in the 77th minute.

Outcome without VAR (CHELSEA WIN): Chelsea were 2-0 up with a little over 10 minutes remaining and still held on despite Watford converting their penalty.

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