The Premier League’s first season with VAR has come to an end, and the system has certainly made an impact.
The introduction of the video assistant referee to help make decisions on key moments within games has proven controversial, with a number of the calls made being questioned throughout the campaign.
The system has faced the wrath of managers, players and fans alike at various stages throughout the season, with many calling for it to be scrapped completely.
So, how would the Premier League table have looked without VAR in place during the 2019/20 campaign?
Well, according to a table put together by the Express , not all that different, although it would have had a big effect on London’s top clubs.
Without VAR, Chelsea would have gained an extra point, and therefore would have finished above Manchester United in third, guaranteeing them a place in next season’s Champions League
The Blues are set to earn a place at Europe’s top table after finishing fourth in reality, but will have to wait and see how Wolves fare in the Europa League this summer – should Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the competition, they would then take Chelsea’s place in the Champions League.
Without the system in place, they would have ended up seven points worse off, leaving them 10th in the table and missing out on a place in Europe, with Wolves, Leicester City and Sheffield United instead taking fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
As for the title race, Liverpool of course romped to their first league crown in 30 years as they ended the season on 99 points, although without VAR, they would have finished with five fewer points.
That would have seen them finish much closer to nearest challengers Manchester City, who would have gained six more points without VAR to narrow the gap to the Reds to seven points, as opposed to the 18-point difference in reality.
In the relegation battle, Aston Villa, who secured their safety on the final day, may not have gone down to the wire, with the lack of VAR giving them an extra two points and bumping them up to 16th, while Brighton would have found themselves in a lot more danger with five points coming off their tally.