How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 18

Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Tottenham on Sunday was dominated by VAR.

In first half injury-time, VAR came to the rescue of referee Anthony Taylor after he inexplicably gave a free-kick to Spurs for goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga’s shocking foul on Marcos Alonso.

VAR rightly switched the decision and gave a penalty to the visitors.

Spurs were cursing VAR once again on the hour mark as Son Heung-Min was shown a red card after replays caught him kicking out at Antonio Rudiger.

While the officials eventually came to the right decision, how would the match have panned out if VAR didn’t interfere?

That’s the question we here at GIVEMESPORT ask every single week – what if VAR didn’t exist this season?

Each week, we produce a league table that completely takes VAR out of the equation. To do so, we evaluate every overturned VAR decision and speculate how it’s impacted the match in question.

And here is how it looks after this weekend’s fixtures:

*Find below every overturned VAR decision from gameweek 18*

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

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2nd | Man City | Points: 41 | Points difference: +3

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3rd | Leicester | Points: 34 | Points difference: -5

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4th | Chelsea | Points: 34 | Points difference: +2

Game: Spurs (H)

Incident 1: VAR awards Chelsea a penalty for Paulo Gazzaniga’s foul on Marcos Alonso. Anthony Taylor originally gave Spurs the free-kick.

Incident 2: VAR gives Son Heung-Min after replays showed that he kicked out at Antonio Rudiger – an incident missed by the referee.

Outcome without VAR (CHELSEA WIN): Without VAR, Chelsea would have only taken a 1-0 lead into the half-time break. Plus Son wouldn’t have been sent off with 30 minutes left. Could Spurs have equalised? Possibly. But Frank Lampard’s side were the better team for the 90 minutes so we think they still would have won the game.

5th | Wolves | Points: 31 | Points difference: +4

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6th | Sheffield United | Points: 29 | Points difference: +1

Game: Brighton (A)

Incident 1: John Egan’s eight-minute goal was ruled out by VAR after a handball was spotted by the Sheffield United player in the build-up.

Incident 2: Jack O’Connell’s 54th-minute goal was ruled out by VAR after replays showed he was offside from John Egan’s shot.

Outcome without VAR (SHEFFIELD UNITED WIN): Sheffield United didn’t need those two goals as they held out for a 1-0 win. Without VAR, it would have been a convincing victory.

7th | Tottenham | Points: 26 | Points difference: 0 

Game: Chelsea (A)

Incident 1: VAR awards Chelsea a penalty for Paulo Gazzaniga’s foul on Marcos Alonso. Anthony Taylor originally gave Spurs the free-kick.

Incident 2: VAR gives Son Heung-Min after replays showed that he kicked out at Antonio Rudiger – an incident missed by the referee.

Outcome without VAR (CHELSEA WIN): Without VAR, Chelsea would have only taken a 1-0 lead into the half-time break. Plus Son wouldn’t have been sent off with 30 minutes left. Could Spurs have equalised? Possibly. But Frank Lampard’s side were the better team for the 90 minutes so we think they still would have won the game.

8th | Arsenal | Points: 26 | Points difference: +3

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9th | Newcastle | Points: 25 | Points difference: 0 

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10th | Burnley | Points: 25 | Points difference: +1

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11th | Man Utd | Points: 23 | Points difference: -2

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

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13th | Everton | Points: 22 | Points difference: +3

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14th | Crystal Palace | Points: 21 | Points difference: -2

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

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

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17th Southampton | Points: 15 | Points difference: -3

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18th | Brighton | Points: 14 | Points difference: -6

Game: Brighton (A)

Incident 1: John Egan’s eight-minute goal was ruled out by VAR after a handball was spotted by the Sheffield United player in the build-up.

Incident 2: Jack O’Connell’s 54th-minute goal was ruled out by VAR after replays showed he was offside from John Egan’s shot.

Outcome without VAR (SHEFFIELD UNITED WIN): Sheffield United didn’t need those two goals as they held out for a 1-0 win. Without VAR, it would have been a convincing victory.

19th | Norwich | Points: 14 | Points difference: +2

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20th | Watford | Points: 12 | Points difference 0

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