The Premier League Table Without VAR Makes For Fascinating Viewing With HUGE Relegation Impact
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The full Premier League table would've looked very different without VAR this season, with the relegation zone seeing a big shake-up.
Manchester City were crowned champions for the fourth time in five years on Sunday afternoon after a dramatic final day of action.
At the end of every campaign, fans across the UK look back at that one decision and say 'if VAR had given us that we'd be further up the table.'
For some it's true. For others, it couldn't be any further from it. ESPN have kept track of 120 times the video assistant referee was required throughout this campaign and it makes for fascinating reading.
Their methodology means they've only included the first usage of VAR in every game. There is a chance a second or even third doesn't materialise later on in a game, if events transpire different.
Every decision will revert to the one made by a referee during the action. So if a goal is chalked off by VAR, it's given again.
Penalties scored by VAR are given as goals as long as the team is accurate from the spot and has a 50% conversion rate.
Finally, goals given by VAR correcting offside calls or penalty decisions aren't allowed.
Without further adieu, check out the entire VARless table below:
- Manchester City -- 94 (+2 points)
- Liverpool -- 92 (No change)
- Chelsea -- 74 (No change)
- Arsenal -- 73 (+4 points move up a place)
- Tottenham -- 69 (-2 points move down a place)
- Leicester -- 58 (+6 points move up two places)
- West Ham -- 56 (No change)
- Manchester United -- 56 (-2 points move down two places)
- Brighton -- 50 (-1 point)
- Newcastle -- 49 (Move up a place)
- Wolves -- 48 (-3 points move down a place)
- Brentford -- 48 (+2 points move up a place)
- Crystal Palace -- 46 (-2 points move down a place)
- Aston Villa – 43 (-2 points)
- Everton – 43 (+4 points up a place)
- Southampton – 37 (-3 points move down a place)
- Burnley – 36 (+1 point move up a place)
- Leeds – 36 (-2 points move down a place)
- Norwich – 23 (+1 point move up a place)
- Watford – 20 (-3 points move down a place)
Well, how about that. Arsenal would've got Champions League over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United would be out of Europe completely.
Moving down the table, there's a big shift in the bottom three.
Watford would be propping up the rest instead of Norwich and it'd be Leeds United joining them in the Championship, with Burnley narrowly surviving by one point.