How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 12

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Another Premier League gameweek has passed and, once again, it’s been dominated by VAR chat.

We’re only 12 matches into the season and, quite frankly, it’s getting a bit tedious.

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we’re trying our best to forget that VAR even exists.

Which is why, each week, we’re producing an article showing how the Premier League table would look without VAR.

After each gameweek, we look at all of the VAR incidents from the weekend’s games and work out how they’ve affected each match and then update the table accordingly. Check back at previous editions to see how we’ve reached this stage so far.

On Saturday, VAR hit a new low as it ruled out David McGoldrick’s equaliser as John Lundstram’s toe was adjudged to be offside in the build-up.

Ridiculous.

Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United - Premier League

Then, on Sunday, we were all talking about VAR once again.

However, while there was controversy over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s handball and Mohamed Salah’s goal, the original decisions from the officials stood meaning VAR didn’t overrule anything.

Therefore, the decisions that occurred during Liverpool vs Manchester City don’t feature in our analysis because, without VAR, nothing would have changed.

So, let’s take a look at how gameweek 12 has affected the ‘Premier League table without VAR’ as we analyse each overturned decision from the weekend.

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1st | Liverpool | Points: 34 | Points difference: 0

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Liverpool FC v Manchester City - Premier League

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

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Liverpool FC v Manchester City - Premier League

3rd | Chelsea | Points: 27 | Points difference: +1

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Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

4th | Leicester | Points: 21 | Points difference: -5

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Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

5th | Wolves | Points: 20 | Points difference: +4

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6th | Sheffield United | Points: 18 | Points difference: +1

Game: Tottenham (A)

Incident: Sheffield United thought they had scored a 60th-minute equaliser through McGoldrick but VAR overturned the goal after Lundstrum’s very, very marginal offside.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): Some may suggest if Sheffield United’s original equaliser had counted, they won have won the match after they later grabbed a legitimate leveller. But we think that if the Blades had equalised earlier, they wouldn’t have been pushing for a winner and would have taken a point.

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7th | Arsenal | Points: 18 | Points difference: +1

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Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

8th | Everton | Points: 17 | Points difference: +3

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Southampton FC v Everton FC - Premier League

9th | Man Utd | Points: 16 | Points difference: 0

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10th | Burnley | Points: 16 | Points difference: +1

Game: West Ham (H)

Incident: Chris Wood’s goal in the 36th-minute was overruled by VAR for an offside.

Outcome without VAR (BURNLEY WIN): Wood’s disallowed goal would have put them 2-0 up against West Ham. But seven minutes later, Wood scored again - this time it stood. Burnley went on to win 3-0 so VAR’s decision didn’t impact the final result.

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11th | West Ham | Points: 16 | Points difference: +3

Game: Burnley (A)

Incident: Chris Wood’s goal in the 36th-minute was overruled by VAR for an offside.

Outcome without VAR (BURNLEY WIN): Wood’s disallowed goal would have put them 2-0 up against West Ham. But seven minutes later, Wood scored again - this time it stood. Burnley went on to win 3-0 so VAR’s decision didn’t impact the final result.

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12th | Bournemouth | Points: 15 | Points difference: -1

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Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth  - Premier League

13th | Newcastle | Points: 15 | Points difference: 0

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14th | Tottenham | Points: 14 | Points difference: 0

Game: Sheffield United (H)

Incident: Sheffield United thought they had scored a 60th-minute equaliser through McGoldrick but VAR overturned the goal after Lundstrum’s very, very marginal offside.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): Some may suggest that if Sheffield United’s original equaliser had counted, they won have won the match after they later grabbed a legitimate leveller. But we think that if the Blades had equalised earlier, they wouldn’t have been pushing for a winner and would have taken a point.

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15th | Brighton | Points: 12 | Points difference: -3

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16th | Crystal Palace | Points: 12 | Points difference: -3

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Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

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

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18th | Watford | Points: 8 | Points difference 0

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Norwich City v Watford FC - Premier League

19th | Norwich | Points: 7 | Points difference: 0

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Norwich City v Watford FC - Premier League

20th Southampton | Points: 5 | Points difference: -3

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