How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 17

Boring VAR chat has dominated almost every Premier League weekend this season.

Instead of talking about the actual football, we often find ourselves talking about the pointlessness of VAR and some of the questionable decisions the system has made.

But here at GIVEMESPORT, we want to forget all about the technology.

That’s why, each week, we work out how the Premier League table would look without VAR. 

To do that, we identify all of the overturned VAR decisions from the previous gameweek and work out the result of that particular match if it hadn’t interfered.

In gameweek 17, we had multiple overturned VAR decisions.

Sadio Mane and Michail Antonio had goals disallowed – although that didn’t affect both Liverpool and West Ham registering wins.

But the big incident of the weekend came at Stamford Bridge. Dan Gosling’s 86th-minute winner was initially flagged offside but VAR rightly overturned it.

So, how have the weekend’s VAR incidents affected our Premier League table?

1st | Liverpool | Points: 47 | Points difference: -2

Game: Watford (H)

Incident: Sadio Mane’s 50th-minute header was disallowed after VAR adjudged him to be marginally offside.

Outcome without VAR (LIVERPOOL WIN): Mane’s header would have put Liverpool 2-0 ahead and pretty much sealed all three points. Instead, the Reds had to wait until injury-time to add a second to secure a 2-0 win.

2nd | Man City | Points: 38 | Points difference: +3

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

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4th | Chelsea | Points: 31 | Points difference: +2

Game: Bournemouth (H)

Incident: Dan Gosling’s 84th-minute winner was initially flagged for offside but VAR replays showed he was clearly onside

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): Gosling made it 1-0 to Bournemouth with just six minutes left. Without VAR awarding the goal, the match would probably have ended in a 0-0 draw.

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

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6th | Tottenham | Points: 26 | Points difference: 0

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7th | Sheffield United | Points: 26 | Points difference: +1

Game: Aston Villa (H)

Incident: VAR awarded Aston Villa a 76th-minute penalty for John Egan’s handball.

Outcome without VAR (SHEFFIELD UNITED WIN): Sheffield United were 2-0 up at the time and after Jack Grealish missed the penalty, held out for a comfortable win. Without the penalty being awarded in the first place, the outcome would have been the same.

8th | Arsenal | Points: 25 | Points difference: +3

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9th | Man Utd | Points: 23 | Points difference: -2

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10th | Burnley | Points: 22 | Points difference: +1

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11th | Newcastle | Points: 22 | Points difference: 0

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12th | West Ham | Points: 22 | Points difference: +3

Game: Southampton (A)

Incident: Michail Antonio’s 52nd-minute goal was disallowed by VAR for a handball by the player in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (WEST HAM WIN): West Ham held onto their 1-0 lead anyway. Without VAR, their win would only have been more convincing.

13th | Everton | Points: 21 | Points difference: +3

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14th | Crystal Palace | Points: 20 | Points difference: -2

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15th | Bournemouth | Points: 16 | Points difference: -3

Game: Chelsea (A)

Incident: Dan Gosling’s 84th-minute winner was initially flagged for offside but VAR replays showed he was clearly onside

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): Gosling made it 1-0 to Bournemouth with just six minutes left. Without VAR giving the goal, the match would probably have ended in a 0-0 draw.

16th | Aston Villa | Points: 15 | Points difference: 0

Game: Sheffield United (A)

Incident: VAR awarded Aston Villa a 76th-minute penalty for John Egan’s handball.

Outcome without VAR (SHEFFIELD UNITED WIN): Sheffield United were 2-0 up at the time and after Jack Grealish missed the penalty, held out for a comfortable win. Without the penalty being awarded in the first place, the outcome would have been the same.

17th | Norwich | Points: 14 | Points difference: +2

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18th | Brighton | Points: 13 | Points difference: -6

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

Game: Southampton (A)

Incident: Michail Antonio’s 52nd-minute goal was disallowed by VAR for a handball by the player in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (WEST HAM WIN): West Ham held onto their 1-0 lead anyway. Without VAR, their win would only have been more convincing.

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

Game: Liverpool (A)

Incident: Sadio Mane’s 50th-minute header was disallowed after VAR adjudged him to be marginally offside.

Outcome without VAR (LIVERPOOL WIN): Mane’s header would have put Liverpool 2-0 ahead and pretty much sealed all three points. Instead, the Reds had to wait until injury-time to add a second to secure a 2-0 win.

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