Final Premier League table without VAR sees shocks for Wolves, Man City, Leeds United & Brighton - gallery
Here are the staggering new Premier League final standings if VAR didn’t exist for the 2022-23 season – with some huge swings at both ends.
The dust has now settled on another extraordinary Premier League campaign that delivered drama at both ends of the table, all the way from an exciting beginning to a scintilllating end. Manchester City were crowned champions but Arsenal raced them the majority of the way and the typical ‘big six’ apple cart was rocked.
Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion surprised plenty by making their way into the Champions League and Europa League spots respectively, whereas Aston Villa pinched the sole Europa Conference League place under the noses of Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea, on the other hand, finished well down in 12th.
Brentford and Fulham were two surprise packages as they ended the campaign in the top half, while Manchester United grabbed third and Liverpool recovered well after a dreadful start to finish fifth. It wasn’t all celebrations across the division, however, as three clubs suffered relegation heartbreak.
Southampton knew a few weeks before the end that they were going down to the Sky Bet Championship but one of Everton, Leicester City and Leeds United had the chance to survive on the final day. Leicester did their job, but the Toffees’ win over AFC Bournemouth meant it would be the Foxes and Leeds to face the drop.
As was the tightly contested nature of the entire season, there were so many cases where games would go right down to the wire – or worse, a refereeing decision. Near enough every weekend there would be a debate about a VAR call made and put simply, this wasn’t normally to praise the technology.
So, that made us wonder here at Birmingham World, how would things look if VAR never existed in the first place? Having taken a look into the data from ESPN, we’ve put together a brand new league table without VAR and there are some huge changes at both ends of the Premier League standings.