How the 2020/21 PL table would look if VAR wasn't being used this season - Gameweek 5

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VAR was at it again this weekend.

In the very first game of Gameweek 5, the Merseyside Derby was dominated by VAR. Firstly, by not getting involved following Jordan Pickford's horror tackle on Virgil van Dijk and then controversially disallowing Liverpool's injury-time winner due to the most marginal offside you'll ever likely to see.

Is there anyone out there who still likes VAR and thinks it's a worthwhile addition to the game?

We here at GIVEMESPORT certainly aren't fans of it. What's the point of it? Would any Everton fan really be complaining about offside if there was no VAR and Jordan Henderson's goal had stood? 

That's why, each week, we produce a Premier League table showing how it would look without VAR. We're just trying to imagine an alternative universe where VAR isn't ruining the beautiful game.

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Every Tuesday, we will go through all of the overturned VAR decisions from the previous weekend and determine how it's affected that match in question.

We will do this throughout the season and update the table accordingly.

So, how does it look after the latest batch of fixtures? Let's take a look:

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1st | Aston Villa | Points: 12 | Points difference: 0 

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2nd | Liverpool | Points: 12 | Points difference: +2

Game: Everton (A)

Incident: Jordan Henderson’s injury-time goal disallowed for offside against Sadio Mane in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (LIVERPOOL WIN): Henderson’s goal looked to have won the Merseyside Derby for his side in the 93rd-minute, making it 3-2. Without VAR, Liverpool would have won all three points.

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3rd | Everton | Points: 10 | Points difference: -3

Game: Liverpool (H)

Incident: Jordan Henderson’s injury-time goal disallowed for offside against Sadio Mane in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (LIVERPOOL WIN): Henderson’s goal looked to have won the Merseyside Derby for his side in the 93rd-minute, making it 3-2. Without VAR, Liverpool would have won all three points.

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4th | Tottenham | Points: 10 | Points difference: +2

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5th | Leicester | Points: 9 | Points difference: 0

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6th | Arsenal | Points: 9 | Points difference: 0

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7th | Wolves | Points: 9 | Points difference: 0

Game: Leeds (A)

Incident: Romain Saiss thought he had given Wolves a 54th-minute but VAR adjudged Daniel Podence to be offside in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (WOLVES WIN): Not only would Saiss’ goal have counted without VAR but they went on to score a legitimate goal through Raul Jimenez later in the second half to win the match 1-0.

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8th | Chelsea | Points: 8 | Points difference: 0

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9th | West Ham | Points: 7 | Points difference: 0

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10th | Leeds United | Points: 7 | Points difference: 0

Game: Wolves (H)

Incident: Romain Saiss thought he had given Wolves a 54th-minute but VAR adjudged Daniel Podence to be offside in the build-up.

Outcome without VAR (WOLVES WIN): Not only would Saiss’ goal have counted without VAR but they went on to score a legitimate goal through Raul Jimenez later in the second half to win the match 1-0.

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11th | Manchester City | Points: 7 | Points difference: 0

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12th | Southampton | Points: 7 | Points difference: 0

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13th | Brighton | Points: 7 | Points difference: +3

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14th | Newcastle | Points: 6 | Points difference: -1

Game: Manchester United (H)

Incident 1: Bruno Fernandes’ 16th-minute goal was disallowed by VAR after Juan Mata was adjudged to be offside in the buld-up.
Incident 2: VAR awarded a 54th-minute penalty to Manchester United after Jamal Lewis fouled Marcus Rashford. Fernandes missed the penalty.

Outcome without VAR (MAN UTD WIN): Without VAR, United’s 16th-minute equaliser would have stood. They wouldn’t have been given a second-half penalty but that was missed anyway. Considering they went on to win the match 4-1 anyway, we can safely say VAR didn’t impact the result.

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15th | Crystal Palace | Points: 6 | Points difference: -1

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16th | Manchester United | Points: 4 | Points difference: -2

Game: Newcastle (A)

Incident 1: Bruno Fernandes’ 16th-minute goal was disallowed by VAR after Juan Mata was adjudged to be offside in the buld-up.
Incident 2: VAR awarded a 54th-minute penalty to Manchester United after Jamal Lewis fouled Marcus Rashford. Fernandes missed the penalty.

Outcome without VAR (MAN UTD WIN): Without VAR, United’s 16th-minute equaliser would have stood. They wouldn’t have been given a second-half penalty but that was missed anyway. Considering they went on to win the match 4-1 anyway, we can safely say VAR didn’t impact the result.

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17th | Fulham | Points: 3 | Points difference: +2 

Game: Sheffield United (A)

Incident: VAR awarded an 85th-minute penalty by VAR after foul on Jack Robinson by Aleksandar Mitrovic. Billy Sharp scored it to make it 1-1.

Outcome without VAR (FULHAM WIN): We can only assume that Fulham would have held on for the remaining five minutes if Sheffield United weren’t given their penalty.

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18th | West Brom | Points: 2 | Points difference: 0 

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19th | Burnley | Points: 1 | Points difference: 0

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20th | Sheffield United | Points: 0 | Points difference: -1

Game: Fulham (H)

Incident: VAR awarded an 85th-minute penalty by VAR after foul on Jack Robinson by Aleksandar Mitrovic. Billy Sharp scored it to make it 1-1.

Outcome without VAR (FULHAM WIN): We can only assume that Fulham would have held on for the remaining five minutes if Sheffield United weren’t given their penalty.

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