How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 20

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VAR hit a new low during gameweeks 19 and 20 in the Premier League.

In truth, it was a complete and utter sh*tshow.

There were a whole host of overturned decisions with numerous goals being chalked off due to a stray armpit. Is this really what VAR was brought in for?

Harry Kane, Dan Burn, Max Meyer, Teemu Pukki, Pedro Neto and Lys Mousset were all denied goals for very minimal offsides.

It's led to a petition from football fans asking for the removal of VAR for the rest of the Premier League season.

As you probably know by now, here at GIVEMESPORT, we try to ignore VAR completely.

Each week, we work out how the Premier League table would look without VAR. To do so, we identify all the overturned VAR decisions from the previous gameweek and speculate how it has affected that match in question.

Of course, it's arbitrary but it's the most accurate way of working out how VAR has changed things in the Premier League this season. 

In this article, we look at gameweeks 19 AND 20.

And this is what it's done to the table:

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(Find below each overturned VAR decision from gameweeks 19 and 20).

1st | Liverpool | Points: 51 | Points difference: -4

Game: Wolves (H)

Incident 1: Referee Anthony Taylor blew for handball against Adam Lallana after the ball fell to Sadio Mane, who scored.

Incident 2: Pedro Neto's goal was disallowed by VAR after replays showed there was an incredibly tight offside in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): So, without VAR, Liverpool wouldn't have taken a 42nd-minute lead because Mane's goal would have been ruled out. Meanwhile, without VAR, Wolves would have taken the lead because no on-field official spotted Jonny's minimal offside in the build-up to Neto's goal. So Wolves would have taken a 1-0 lead into half-time. There's an argument to be had that Wolves would have won the match because Liverpool didn't score in the second half. But we believe that, if they were trailing, the Reds would have pushed forward and maintained their unbeaten run this season. But because Wolves were probably the better side during the 90 minutes, we think they would have earned a draw.

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2nd | Man City | Points: 44 | Points difference: +3

Game: Wolves (A)

Incident 1: VAR awarded a penalty for Leander Dendoncker’s foul on Riyad Mahrez in the 21st-minute

Incident 2: Raheem Sterling missed the original penalty but VAR ordered a retake for encroachment by Conor Coady.

Outcome without VAR (WOLVES WIN): Without VAR, City wouldn’t have been awarded a penalty and, therefore, wouldn’t have gone 1-0 up. As Wolves were playing against 10 men for much of the match - and won the match with VAR involved - we back them to have won regardless.

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Game: Sheffield United (H)

Incident 1: Lys Mousset's 29th-minute opener was ruled out by VAR for a, you guessed it, very marginally offside.

Outcome without VAR (MAN CITY WIN): So Sheffield United would have taken the lead at the Etihad if it wasn't for VAR. But would they have held out for all three points? We doubt it. In fact, we think City would have come from behind to win the match.

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3rd | Leicester | Points: 37 | Points difference: -5 

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

West Ham United v Leicester City - Premier League

4th | Chelsea | Points: 37 | Points difference: +2

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

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5th | Wolves | Points: 35 | Points difference: +5

Game: Man City (H)

Incident 1: VAR awarded a penalty for Leander Dendoncker’s foul on Riyad Mahrez in the 21st-minute

Incident 2: Raheem Sterling missed the original penalty but VAR ordered a retake for encroachment by Connor Coady.

Outcome without VAR (WOLVES WIN): Without VAR, City wouldn’t have been awarded a penalty and, therefore, wouldn’t have gone 1-0 up. As Wolves were playing against 10 men for much of the match - and won the match with VAR involved - we back them to have won.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Premier League

Game: Liverpool (A)

Incident 1: Referee Anthony Taylor blew for handball against Adam Lallana after the ball fell to Sadio Mane, who scored.

Incident 2: Pedro Neto's goal was disallowed by VAR after replays showed there was an incredibly tight offside in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): So, without VAR, Liverpool wouldn't have taken a 42nd-minute lead because Mane's goal would have been ruled out. Meanwhile, without VAR, Wolves would have taken the lead because no on-field official spotted Jonny's minimal offside in the build-up to Neto's goal. So Wolves would have taken a 1-0 lead into half-time. There's an argument to be had that Wolves would have won the match because Liverpool didn't score in the second-half. But we believe that, if they were trailing, the Reds would have pushed forward and maintained their unbeaten run this season. But because Wolves were probably the better side during the 90 minutes, we think they would have earned a draw.

Liverpool FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

6th | Sheffield United | Points: 30 | Points difference: +1

Game: Manchester City (A)

Incident 1: Lys Mousset's 29th-minute opener was ruled out by VAR for a, you guessed it, very marginally offside.

Outcome without VAR (MAN CITY WIN): So Sheffield United would have taken the lead at the Etihad if it wasn't for VAR. But would they have held out for all three points? We doubt it. In fact, we think City would have come from behind to win the match.

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7th | Man Utd | Points: 29 | Points difference: -2

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

Burnley FC v Manchester United - Premier League

8th | Tottenham | Points: 29 | Points difference: -1

Game: Brighton (H)

Incident: Harry Kane’s 24th-minute goal was ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.

Outcome without VAR (SPURS WIN): Spurs managed to beat Brighton 2-1 despite Kane’s goal being disallowed. It would have given the home side a 1-0 lead but, instead, they fought back from going 1-0 down to win 2-1.

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Game: Norwich (A)

Incident: Teemu Pukki’s 33rd-minute goal was disallowed after VAR adjudged the Norwich striker to be offside.

Outcome without VAR (NORWICH WIN): That Pukki goal would have put Norwich 2-0 ahead in the first half against Spurs. We think the Canaries would have gone on to win the game if VAR didn’t interfere. With VAR, it ended 2-2.

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9th | Everton | Points: 28 | Points difference: +3

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

Newcastle United v Everton FC - Premier League

10th | Crystal Palace | Points: 27 | Points difference: 0

Game: Southampton (A)

Incident: Max Meyer had a goal disallowed for Crystal Palace in the 15th-minute after Wilfried Zaha was adjudged to be offside in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (CRYSTAL PALACE WIN): This isn’t an easy one to predict the outcome because the goal was so early in the game. But we think that if Palace had taken a 15th-minute lead, they would have gone on to win the game. They did actually take the lead in the 50th-minute through James Tomkins but Danny Ings earned a point for Southampton.

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11th | Arsenal | Points: 27 | Points difference: +3

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

Arsenal FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League

12th | Burnley | Points: 25 | Points difference: +1

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

Burnley FC v Manchester United - Premier League

13th | Newcastle | Points: 25 | Points difference: 0

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

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14th | West Ham | Points: 22 | Points difference: +3

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

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15th | Aston Villa | Points: 18 | Points difference: 0

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

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16th Southampton | Points: 18 | Points difference: -4

Game: Crystal Palace (H)

Incident: Max Meyer had a goal disallowed for Crystal Palace in the 15th-minute after Wilfried Zaha was adjudged to be offside in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (CRYSTAL PALACE WIN): This isn’t an easy one to predict the outcome because the goal was so early in the game. But we think that if Palace had taken a 15th-minute lead, they would have gone on to win the game. They did actually take the lead in the 50th-minute through James Tomkins but Danny Ings earned a point for Southampton.

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

Game: Tottenham (A)

Incident: Harry Kane’s 24th-minute goal was ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.

Outcome without VAR (SPURS WIN): Spurs managed to beat Brighton 2-1 despite Kane’s goal being disallowed. It would have given the home side a 1-0 lead but, instead, they fought back from going 1-0 down to win 2-1.

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Game: Bournemouth (H)

Incident: Dan Burn’s 58th-minute goal looked to have put Brighton 2-0 up but VAR claim that the defender was narrowly offside.

Outcome without VAR (BRIGHTON WIN): Without VAR, Brighton would have gone 2-0 up. They eventually scored a legitimate second and won the game 2-0. Without VAR, their win might have been more convincing.

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18th | Bournemouth | Points: 17 | Points difference: -3

Game: Brighton (A)

Incident: Dan Burn’s 58th-minute goal looked to have put Brighton 2-0 up but VAR claim that the defender was narrowly offside.

Outcome without VAR (BRIGHTON WIN): Without VAR, Brighton would have gone 2-0 up. They eventually scored a legitimate second and won the game 2-0. Without VAR, their win might have been more convincing.

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19th | Norwich | Points: 17 | Points difference: +4

Game: Tottenham (H)

Incident: Teemu Pukki’s 33rd-minute goal was disallowed after VAR adjudged the Norwich striker to be offside.

Outcome without VAR (NORWICH WIN): That Pukki goal would have put Norwich 2-0 ahead in the first-half against Spurs. We’re think the Canaries would have gone on to win the game if VAR didn’t interfere.

Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

20th | Watford | Points: 16 | Points difference 0

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 19 OR 20

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