How the Premier League table would look if we didn’t have VAR in 2020-21

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The use of VAR continues to divide opinion in the Premier League – but how big a difference has it made to the competition?

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 overall table.

It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that VAR’s decisions have been incorrect, it just shows how the league would look pre-VAR. Thanks to the work of Givemesport, we’ve compiled the 2020-21 Premier League season if VAR had not been in use.

1. Tottenham
Points without VAR: 19
Actual points: 17
Actual position: 2nd

2. Liverpool
Points without VAR: 19
Actual points: 17
Actual position: 3rd

3. Leicester City
Points without VAR: 16
Actual points: 18
Actual position: 1st

4. Southampton
Points without VAR: 16
Actual points: 16
Actual position: 4th

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READ: Ranking the Premier League clubs by who is most affected by VAR in 2020-21

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5. Chelsea
Points without VAR: 15
Actual points: 15
Actual position: 5th

6. Aston Villa
Points without VAR: 15
Actual points: 15
Actual position: 6th

7. Wolves
Points without VAR: 14
Actual points: 13
Actual position: 9th

8. Crystal Palace
Points without VAR: 12
Actual points: 13
Actual position: 8th

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READ: Can you name every player to score 10+ Premier League goals in 2005-06?

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9. Arsenal
Points without VAR: 12
Actual points: 12
Actual position: 11th

10. West Ham
Points without VAR: 11
Actual points: 11
Actual position: 12th

11. Manchester City
Points without VAR: 11
Actual points: 11
Actual position: 10th

12. Everton
Points without VAR: 10
Actual points: 13
Actual position: 7th

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READ: Comparing every Prem club’s points total to their Expected Points

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13. Newcastle United
Points without VAR: 10
Actual points: 11
Actual position: 13th

14. Leeds United
Points without VAR: 10
Actual points: 10
Actual position: 15th

15. Brighton
Points without VAR: 9
Actual points: 6
Actual position: 16th

16. Manchester United
Points without VAR: 8
Actual points: 10
Actual position: 14th

17. Fulham
Points without VAR: 6
Actual points: 4
Actual position: 17th

18. West Brom
Points without VAR: 3
Actual points: 3
Actual position: 18th

19. Burnley
Points without VAR: 1
Actual points: 1
Actual position: 19th

20. Sheffield United
Points without VAR: 0
Actual points: 1
Actual position: 20th


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