How the Premier League table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 22

p1duf6avfnp8n1m2g1ag7u5s858j.jpg

It simply wouldn’t be a Premier League gameweek without a bit of VAR controversy.

After a weekend of FA Cup third-round matches - where VAR only featured at top-flight stadiums - the Premier League returned on Friday night as Sheffield United took on West Ham.

And it set the tone for the weekend - VAR ruling out goals.

West Ham were denied a last-minute equaliser after replays showed that the ball had touched Declan Rice’s arm before he set-up Robert Snodgrass.

VAR would go on and disallow a further three goals during the weekend, as well as overturning a penalty award.

But here at GIVEMESPORT, we try to totally ignore VAR.

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

To do so, we look at every overturned VAR decision from the previous gameweek and speculate how it’s affected each match.

So, how does the table look after gameweek 22’s controversies?

Let’s take a look:

p1duf699s11u353uq1lne1cmarotf.jpg

1st | Liverpool | Points: 57 | Points difference: -4

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool FC - Premier League

2nd | Man City | Points: 50 | Points difference: +3

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

FBL-ENG-PR-ASTON VILLA-MAN CITY

3rd | Leicester | Points: 41 | Points difference: -4

Game: Southampton (H)

Incident 1: Shane Long thought he'd earned Southampton a 63rd-minute penalty when Jon Moss pointed to the spot after a foul from Caglar Soyuncu. But VAR adjudged Long to be offside when he received the ball.

Incident 2: Jonny Evans scored a 90th-minute equaliser but VAR ruled it out for offside.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): A tricky one to work out. Southampton would have won a 63rd-minute penalty without VAR and we can only assume they would have scored it to go 2-1 up. How would that have changed the game? Well, Leicester would have had 25 minutes to push for an equaliser and, considering Evans had a late equaliser ruled out by VAR, we think a draw would have been the most likely outcome without the use of technology.

Leicester City v Southampton FC - Premier League

4th | Chelsea | Points: 41 | Points difference: +2

Game: Burnley (H)

Incident: Jeff Hendrick's 19th-minute opener was disallowed by VAR due to Ben Mee's marginal offside.

Outcome without VAR (CHELSEA WIN): Burnley would have gone 1-0 up without VAR and it could have been a very different match. But the Blues dominated the game on Saturday and should have won by more than the 3-0 scoreline. Therefore, we think Frank Lampard's side would have had enough to come from behind to secure the win.

p1duetgr3g1b4hunts5qm5bnlc9.jpg

5th | Wolves | Points: 36 | Points difference: +5

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United - Premier League

6th | Man Utd | Points: 32 | Points difference: -2

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-NORWICH

7th | Sheffield United | Points: 31 | Points difference: -1

Game: West Ham (H)

Incident: West Ham were denied an injury-time equaliser after VAR spotted Declan Rice's handball before he set-up Robert Snodgrass.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): This one is obvious. As the incident occurred in the 92nd-minute, Snodgrass would have made it 1-1 with virtually the last kick of the match. Draw.

p1duetq3n8n7tqrg1qmmo2r1nmcb.jpg

8th | Arsenal | Points: 31 | Points difference: +3

Game: Crystal Palace (A)

Incident: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 65th-minute challenge on Max Meyer was upgraded from a yellow card to a red card after a VAR check.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): There's an argument to be had that, with 11 men for the last 25 minutes, Arsenal would have beaten Palace. But they didn't do enough in the first 65 minutes to convince us that they could win the game so we think a draw is fair.

p1dueu1vd419bhun1btkpgi1e5qd.jpg

9th | Everton | Points: 31 | Points difference: +3

Game: Brighton (H)

Incident: Dominic Calvert-Lewin looked to have made it 2-0 to Everton in the 77th-minute but VAR ruled it out following his handball.

Outcome without VAR (EVERTON WIN): Everton still won 1-0 without Calvert-Lewin's goal. Without VAR, it would have been a 2-0 win.

Everton FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

10th | Tottenham | Points: 29 | Points difference: -1

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool FC - Premier League

11th | Crystal Palace | Points: 28 | Points difference: -1

Game: Arsenal (H)

Incident: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 65th-minute challenge on Max Meyer was upgraded from a yellow card to a red card after a VAR check.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): There's an argument to be had that, with 11 men for the last 25 minutes, Arsenal could have beaten Palace. But they didn't do enough in the first 65 minutes to convince us that they could win the game so we think a draw is fair.

FBL-ENG-PR-CRYSTAL PALACE-ARSENAL

12th | West Ham | Points: 26 | Points difference: +4

Game: Sheffield United (H)

Incident: West Ham were denied an injury-time equaliser after VAR spotted Declan Rice's handball before he set-up Robert Snodgrass.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): This one is obvious. As the incident occurred in the 92nd-minute, Snodgrass would have made it 1-1 with virtually the last kick of the match. Draw.

Sheffield United v West Ham United - Premier League

13th | Newcastle | Points: 26 | Points difference: 0

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United - Premier League

14th | Burnley | Points: 25 | Points difference: +1

Game: Chelsea (A)

Incident: Jeff Hendrick's 19th-minute opener was disallowed by VAR due to Ben Mee's marginal offside.

Outcome without VAR (CHELSEA WIN): Burnley would have gone 1-0 up without VAR and it could have been a very different match. But the Blues dominated the game on Saturday and should have won more than the 3-0 scoreline. Therefore, we think Frank Lampard's side would have had enough to come from behind to secure the win.

Chelsea FC v Burnley FC - Premier League

15th | Southampton | Points: 22 | Points difference: -6

Game: Leicester (A)

Incident 1: Shane Long thought he'd earned Southampton a 63rd-minute penalty when Jon Moss pointed to the spot after a foul from Caglar Soyuncu. But VAR adjudged Long to be offside when he received the ball.

Incident 2: Jonny Evans scored a 90th-minute equaliser but VAR ruled it out for offside.

Outcome without VAR (DRAW): A tricky one to work out. Southampton would have won a 63rd-minute penalty without VAR and we can only assume they would have scored it to go 2-1 up. How would that have changed the game? Well, Leicester would have had 25 minutes to push for an equaliser and, considering Evans had a late equaliser ruled out by VAR, we think a draw would have been the most likely outcome without the use of technology.

Leicester City v Southampton FC - Premier League

16th | Watford | Points: 22 | Points difference 0

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

AFC Bournemouth v Watford FC - Premier League

17th | Aston Villa | Points: 21 | Points difference: 0

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

Aston Villa v Manchester City - Premier League

18th | Norwich | Points: 20 | Points difference: +6

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

Manchester United v Norwich City - Premier League

19th | Brighton | Points: 18 | Points difference: -6

Game: Everton (A)

Incident: Dominic Calvert-Lewin looked to have made it 2-0 to Everton in the 77th-minute but VAR ruled it out following his handball.

Outcome without VAR (EVERTON WIN): Everton still won 1-0 without Calvert-Lewin's goal. Without VAR, it would have been a 2-0 win.

Everton FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

20th | Bournemouth | Points: 17 | Points difference: -3

NO OVERTURNED VAR DECISIONS IN GAMEWEEK 22

News Now - Sport News