By Sean Fisher

23rd Dec, 2022 | 10:40am

The Athletic duo hand pick Leeds United as best atmosphere in Premier League, Phil Hay opinion revealed

When picking the Premier League ground with the best atmosphere, two of The Athletic‘s reporters handpicked Leeds United ground Elland Road.

Elland Road certainly isn’t the biggest venue in the Premier League with a modest 37.792 capacity, but the home of Leeds United is definitely one of the loudest places to visit in the top flight of English football.

Don’t take out word for it though, The Athletic duo Steve Madeley and Liam Twomey both chose Elland Road as the best atmosphere in the league.

Madeley – who covers Wolves – wrote: “The pent-up expectation from a summer without football, the mild weather on an early-August afternoon, the touchline ‘aggro’ between bosses Jesse Marsch and Bruno Lage and Leeds’ fightback from 1-0 down to beat Wolves.

“All of the ingredients were there for a fizzing atmosphere and Elland Road, on the opening day of the season, delivered.”

Twomey covers Chelsea and reflected on the Blues’ terrible 3-0 loss in Yorkshire earlier this season – “Chelsea’s trip to Elland Road in August was an unforgettable experience. Thomas Tuchel’s unravelling team crumbled in a cauldron of hostile noise that manifested on the pitch in the relentless running of Jesse Marsch’s players.”

As for Leeds writer Phil Hay, he selected Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium as the best atmosphere the Whites had visited this season, although he added that Elland Road “tends to wipe the floor with most grounds.”

Leading the way

Elland Road is not the biggest, most modern or most expensive stadium in the league by some stretch, but it’s the home of Leeds United and fans have done their bit to make it an intimidating trip since the club’s promotion in 2020.

Leeds fans are definitely known around the division as one of the most passionate fanbases in the league, with supporters sticking by the Whites’ every kick of a ball in last season’s relegation scrap.

The atmosphere has turned slightly sour and toxic during Jesse Marsch’s low points this season, but the majority of the Leeds fanbase stand firmly behind the American.

The Leeds fans were also enchanted by Marcelo Bielsa during his time at Yorkshire and they’d never have turned on their Argentine hero regardless of the club’s poor form.

If he Whites are to avoid the drop once again this season Marsch will need fans to play their part in making Elland Road a difficult place to come – starting with the visit from Manchester City next week.

in other Leeds United news, Phil Hay reveals Jesse Marsch’s latest ‘lightning’ comments on the January transfer window