Gary Neville gives Leeds United verdict ahead of 2020/21 Premier League season

Gary Neville revealed the most hostile atmosphere in the Premier League is at Elland Road.

And the former Manchester United captain reckons getting fans back in stadiums will boost Leeds' survival chances for that very reason.

The Yorkshire club are back in the top flight for the first time in 16 years as they head to Liverpool this weekend for their Premier League opener.

But their first home game in the top tier since 2004 will be a week later against Fulham.

And Neville admitted he dreaded those trips across the Pennines back in his playing days.

“People ask about the most ferocious atmosphere you’ve played in,” said the Sky Sports pundit.

“There is no doubt Anfield was the biggest test but when you went to Elland Road it was the most hostile, without a shadow of a doubt."

Neville doesn't think Marcelo Bielsa's side will go down in their first season back among the big boys.

But it would help them hugely if they can welcome supporters back into their stadium.

He added: “Leeds is the fascinating story of the season. It will be better when their fans are in the stadium, that is a ferocious game to play for all clubs but the big clubs in particular.

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“It’s spine-tingling going to a game at Elland Road.

“That’s where they can have an advantage because that crowd is hungry, they are desperate, they want to be back in this league.

“I don’t think they will go down but it will be a much bigger challenge for them without that crowd.

"I don’t think Leeds will go down, actually Leeds have a chance of going down if the fans don’t come back. If the fans come in the stadium I think they’ll stay up."

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