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Would Watford FC have survived without VAR in the Premier League?


VAR has proved controversial since it was introduced into English football – but would Watford have survived relegation this season without it?

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system debuted in an FA cup game between Brighton and Crystal Palace in 2018.

The 2019/20 Premier League season was the first to feature the VAR after the clubs voted unanimously to introduce the system.

Often the subject of debate on Match of the Day, VAR has changed the outcome of many games over the course of the season – but what would the league table have looked like without it?

Watford Observer:

Watford were relegated from the Premier League after sacking Nigel Pearson with two games to go. Photo: Action Images

Despite a five-point reduction, and Manchester City gaining six points, Liverpool would have remained champions, such was there domination over the course of the season.

Watford would have had the exact same points total and gone down with Brighton two points ahead, who would have lost five points without VAR.

Watford Observer:

Watford only managed 34 points this season. Photo: Action Images

Premier League table without VAR

1st – Liverpool – 94 points – Five points fewer

2nd – Manchester City – 87 points – Six points more

3rd – Chelsea – 67 points – One point more

4th – Man Utd – 66 points – No difference

5th – Wolves – 66 points – Seven points more

6th – Leicester – 62 points – No difference

7th – Sheffield United – 58 points – Four points more

8th – Arsenal – 56 points – No difference

9th – Burnley – 54 points – No difference

10th – Tottenham – 52 points – Seven points fewer

11th – Everton – 50 points – One point more

12th – Southampton – 49 points – Three points fewer

13th – West Ham – 45 points – Six points more

14th – Newcastle – 44 points – No difference

15th – Crystal Palace – 41 points – Two points fewer

16th – Aston Villa – 37 points – Two points more

17th – Brighton – 36 points – Five points fewer

18th – Watford – 34 points – No difference

19th – Bournemouth – 33 points – One point fewer

20th – Norwich – 23 points – Two points more





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