Ranking the Premier League clubs by who has been most affected by VAR

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VAR has provided some of the main talking points this season in the Premier League – and it’s unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Thanks to the excellent work of ESPN, we’ve ranked every Premier League club from who has benefited most to who has had the most decisions go against them.

Note: The figures do not include VAR referrals that have upheld the officials’ original decisions, such as the offside decision to rule out Roberto Firmino’s goal at the weekend.

20. Crystal Palace +3

Palace’s three VAR decisions all came in October, and all three benefited the Eagles.

First Jordan Ayew’s late goal against West Ham was awarded after initially being given as offside, and then they saw Wilfried Zaha’s yellow card for diving overturned and a penalty awarded against Arsenal before Sokratis’ late goal was disallowed for the hosts.

19. Leicester City +3

One decision has gone against Leicester – Ayoze Perez’s disallowed goal against Tottenham – but they have seen Wolves, Spurs and Burnley also have goals disallowed, plus Ryan Bertrand sent off for Southampton.

18. Manchester United +2

Just one VAR referral has gone against United when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s originally ruled-out-goal for Arsenal was allowed to stand.

The Red Devils have since seen Sadio Mane’s goal for Liverpool ruled out for handball and two penalties awarded at Norwich City, although they contrived to miss them both.

17. Southampton +2

Likewise, of the four decisions Southampton have faced, only Ryan Bertrand’s red card against Leicester has gone against them.

Oli McBurnie, Josh King and Raul Jimenez have all seen goals against Southampton ruled out due to offside.

16. Brighton +1

Brighton’s first taste of VAR saw Leandro Trossard’s goal against West Ham disallowed in August, but they have fared better since with Conor Hourihane seeing his goal for Aston Villa ruled out and Aaron Connolly winning a penalty against Everton.

15. Burnley +1

Despite seeing Jonny Evans’ own-goal ruled out against Leicester, Burnley have benefited from John McGinn’s goal for Aston Villa being disallowed and a penalty awarded to Chelsea overturned after Callum Hudson-Odoi was deemed to have taken a dive.

14. Tottenham +1

Spurs were left thanking VAR after Gabriel Jesus’ late winner for Manchester City was ruled out in August, while they saw decisions go both for (Ayoze Perez having a goal disallowed) and against (Serge Aurier’s effort suffering the same fate) them in the defeat at Leicester.

13. Watford +1

The decision to award Watford a penalty against Chelsea after Jorginho tripped Gerard Deulofeu was the first involving the Hornets.

12. Bournemouth 0

Two decisions, one for (the decision to rule out Josh King’s goal against West Ham for offside overturned), one against (Josh King’s goal against Southampton ruled out for offside). How very Bournemouth.

11. Newcastle 0

Nothing to see here, which is probably a relief to Newcastle fans.

10. Liverpool 0 

The Reds were happy to see Cesar Azpilicueta goal for Chelsea chalked off. Less so when Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out against Manchester United.

9. Arsenal -1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal against Manchester United was initially disallowed for offside, only to be awarded after a VAR referral.

But the Gunners were left to rue the system against Crystal Palace as the visitors were awarded a penalty after Wilfried Zaha was initially adjudged to have dived before Sokratis had a late goal ruled out.

8. Everton -1

VAR proved costly for Everton against Brighton as Michael Keane was deemed to have fouled Aaron Connolly, conceding a penalty, in the 3-2 defeat.

7. Manchester City -1

Gabriel Jesus has seen two goals ruled out, against West Ham and Tottenham, although City were allowed to retake a penalty against the Hammers due to encroachment from Declan Rice, with Sergio Aguero converting from 12 yards.

6. Norwich City -1

While the Canaries have technically had two decisions go against them in compared to one for them – Kurt Zouma’s disallowed goal for Chelsea – they have managed to come out unscathed.

Manchester United had two penalties awarded at Carrow Road following VAR referrals, only for Tim Krul to save the spot-kicks from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

5. Sheffield United -1

The only VAR referral involving the Blades saw Oli McBurnie’s goal against Southampton disallowed for offside in September.

4. West Ham -1

The Hammers have been involved in five VAR referrals, with mixed results.

Both Manchester City and Brighton had goals ruled out against West Ham, while Bournemouth and Crystal Palace had goals originally chalked off for offside eventually given by VAR.

City were also made to retake a penalty due to encroachment by Declan Rice, which was converted by Sergio Aguero. Given that game ended 5-0, let’s not split hairs.

3. Aston Villa -2

Villa have also had two goals ruled out, although only one proved costly.

John McGinn’s disallowed goal against Burnley meant VIlla were held to a 2-2 draw, but they still managed to beat Brighton 2-1 despite Conor Hourihane having his goal ruled out.

2. Wolves -2

Wolves have seen two goals chalked off: Leander Dendoncker’s effort against Leicester in August and Raul Jimenez’s strike against Southampton in October. On both occasions the Midlanders had to settle for a point.

1. Chelsea -4

Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta have both had goals ruled out by VAR, against Norwich and Liverpool respectively, while Callum Hudson-Odoi had a penalty overturned after being adjudged to have dived against Burnley and Gerard Deulofeu had a penalty for Watford awarded following a trip by Jorginho.

After the narrow victory at Watford, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said: “If we are saying they are grey areas and we are overturning decisions because one referee somewhere else thinks it was more of a penalty than the referee on the pitch, then I think we are in a really dangerous place.

“You’re going to be tossing a coin every week.”


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