How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 16

Is it just us or has VAR become less of a talking point in the Premier League in recent weeks?

Have we finally learned how to use the system properly? Or have we just become immune to it?

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we try to imagine life without it.

That’s why, every week, we reveal how the Premier League table would look without VAR.

How do we do that?

Well, after each gameweek, we look at every overturned VAR decision and work out how it’s impacted the match in question. We then speculate how it’s affected the final result.

Of course, it takes a bit of guesswork but it’s a bit of fun to see what would happen if VAR didn’t exist.

In gameweek 16, we only had two overturned VAR decisions.

The first came in the Manchester derby when the technology awarded Manchester United a penalty for a foul by Bernardo Silva on Marcus Rashford. It was the correct decision but it was a decision that referee Anthony Taylor didn’t award.

Then, on Sunday, Sheffield United’s Chris Basham was sent off but it was downgraded to a yellow card after VAR replays revealed it wasn’t quite as bad as Simon Hooper originally thought.

So, how did those decisions impact the results and what has that done to the Premier League table without VAR?

Let’s take a look:

1st | Liverpool | Points: 44 | Points difference: -2

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2nd | Man City | Points: 35 | Points difference: +3

Game: Man Utd (H)

Incident: Marcus Rashford was brought down in the box by Bernardo Silva in the 20th-minute but referee Anthony Taylor didn’t give it. VAR did though.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): What would have happened if United didn’t take a 20th-minute lead? United were the better side in the first-half and – like they did with Anthony Martial’s 29th-minute strike – we think they would have found a way through from open play. 

But with a 1-0 lead instead of a 2-0 lead at half-time, we think they would have done well to hold on for just a point. So we have this down as a draw.

3rd | Leicester | Points: 33 | Points difference: -5

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4th | Chelsea | Points: 30 | Points difference: +1

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5th | Wolves | Points: 28 | Points difference: +4

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6th | Arsenal | Points: 25 | Points difference: +3

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7th | Tottenham | Points: 23 | Points difference: 0

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8th | Sheffield United | Points: 23 | Points difference: +1

Game: Norwich (A)

Incident: Chris Basham is shown a straight red card by the referee in the 74th-minute but VAR downgrade it to a yellow.

Outcome without VAR (SHEFFIELD UNITED WIN): There were a little more than 15 minutes remaining and Sheffield United lead 2-1 when Basham thought he had been sent off. It would have been backs against the wall for Chris Wilder’s side but given their start to the season, we think they would have held out.

9th | Man Utd | Points: 22 | Points difference: -2

Game: Man City (A)

Incident: Marcus Rashford was brought down in the box by Bernardo Silva in the 20th-minute but referee Anthony Taylor didn’t give it. VAR did though.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): What would have happened if United didn’t take a 20th-minute lead? United were the better side in the first-half and – like they did with Anthony Martial’s 29th-minute strike – we think they would have found a way through from open play. But with a 1-0 lead instead of a 2-0 lead at half-time, we think they would have done well to hold on for just a point. So we have this down as a draw.

10th | Newcastle | Points: 22 | Points difference: 0

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11th | Crystal Palace | Points: 20 | Points difference: -2

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12th | Everton | Points: 20 | Points difference: +3

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13th | Burnley | Points: 19 | Points difference: +1

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14th | West Ham | Points: 19 | Points difference: +3

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15th | Aston Villa | Points: 15 | Points difference: 0

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16th | Bournemouth | Points: 15 | Points difference: -1

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17th | Brighton | Points: 13 | Points difference: -6

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18th | Norwich | Points: 13 | Points difference: +2

Game: Sheffield United (H)

Incident: Chris Basham is shown a straight red card by the referee in the 74th-minute but VAR downgrade it to a yellow.

Outcome without VAR (SHEFFIELD UNITED WIN): There were a little more than 15 minutes remaining and Sheffield United lead 2-1 when Basham thought he had been sent off. It would have been backs against the wall for Chris Wilder’s side but given their start to the season, we think they would have held out.

19th Southampton | Points: 12 | Points difference: -3

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20th | Watford | Points: 9 | Points difference 0

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