The introduction of VAR has been the biggest talking point in the Premier League season – but what would have happened if it hadn’t been used?
We’ve already looked at which teams have been most affected by VAR this season but now we’re looking at how VAR has impacted the league table.
That’s not to say that VAR’s decisions have been incorrect but this just shows how the league would look pre-VAR. It is important to note that Sheffield United, West Ham, Arsenal and Crystal Palace have all played a game more than their opponents in this table.
20th: Bournemouth (17 points)
Bournemouth will be relieved that VAR has been introduced this season because without it they would be bottom of the league with 17 points from their first 21 games.
19th: Watford (19 points)
18th: Norwich (20 points)
17th: Southampton (20 points)
Southampton are another side that will be supporting VAR as they have benefited from its introduction more than any other side in the league.
They would have five less points and would be near the relegation zone if VAR wasn’t being used this season.
16th: Brighton (20 points)
15th: Aston Villa (23 points)
14th: Burnley (24 points)
13th: West Ham (25 points)
Robert Snodgrass’ injury time equaliser against Sheffield United was controversially ruled out by VAR after a handball in the build-up.
The Hammers would have an extra three points if VAR wasn’t in place and they would have 25 points from their first 22 league games.
12th: Newcastle (25 points)
11th: Crystal Palace (28 points)
10th: Everton (28 points)
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will wish that VAR had never been implemented as they would be in the top half of the table and have an extra three points if it wasn’t being used.
9th: Manchester United (29 points)
8th: Tottenham (29 points)
7th: Sheffield United (30 points)
6th: Arsenal (31 points)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos had a late winner against Crystal Palace controversially ruled out in October and Arsenal would have an extra three points if it wasn’t for VAR this season.
5th: Wolves (34 points)
4th: Chelsea (36 points)
VAR hasn’t had much of an impact on Chelsea’s season as they have the same points and are in the same position in both tables.
3rd: Leicester (42 points)
2nd: Manchester City (49 points)
The introduction of VAR has cost Manchester City five points this season and that has had a huge impact on their challenge for the title.
Pep Guardiola’s side are currently third with 44 points but in this alternate table they are the second best team in the league with 49 points.
1st: Liverpool (56 points)
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool are still top of the league but their lead would have been shortened by six points if there was no VAR.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently 13 points ahead of Leicester in second place but in this table they have a seven point lead at the top of the table.