By Sean Fisher

13th Oct, 2022 | 10:27am

MOT View: Agonising VAR stat shows Leeds United have been unluckiest team in the Premier League

Leeds United have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, but things could have been so much better with a little help from VAR.

After a bright start to the season, Leeds have tailed off in recent weeks and slumped to 14th in the Premier League.

But recent findings from a VAR study suggest that Leeds United have lost out by the smallest of margins this season.

The Yorkshire Evening Post shared their VAR findings, which saw Leeds rank joint-worst in terms of referee intervention. Along with Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur, the Whites have had two more negative VAR decisions than positive ones.

Newcastle United are enjoying a slice of luck this season with a net difference of +5, while Liverpool sit in second with +2.

To make matters worse, Leeds have not had a single VAR decision go in their favour this season, putting them in an exclusive club consisting of just four teams. Leeds have also seen the most goals awarded against them by VAR this season (2).

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Fine margins

Leeds simply haven’t had the rub of the green this season. The Whites have frequently put in good performances but come away with nothing – take this weekend’s loss against Crystal Palace as a fine example.

Marsch seems to have the team starting games brightly, but wastefulness and individual errors are costing the side vital points.

As it turns out, so is the refereeing. To not have a single VAR decision go in Leeds’ favour this season is some awful luck, although hopefully the technology works as intended when an incident does arise.

The lack of penalties awarded to Leeds as well as the overall bad luck with VAR is sure to have fans shouting at the referee, but in reality the team’s finishing – and defending at times – has not been good enough.

It’s down to Marsch’s side to create their own luck, starting with the clash against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. If Leeds are able to start brightly again, they need to score and capitalise when on top.

The best way to avoid VAR heartbreak is by taking it out of the referee’s hands completely, and that’s what Leeds need to start doing.

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch insists Brenden Aaronson needs to focus on becoming more ‘dangerous’