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  • 00:40

    With Benteke at Liverpool, what's next for Aston Villa?

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    Oh god, the season is just around the corner. Why is this summer so short? Jack wanted to podcast this week and I thought "eh, it's summer, we don't have to do every week" and then I remembered that "nah, it's not really summer any more because the season is basically here."

    So we're back! Two weeks in a row! And while last week saw us talking about the departure of Fabian Delph, this week sees us talking about Christian Benteke. With the big man off to Liverpool, Aston Villa are already looking at new striking options including Jordan Ayew from Lorient.

    We take on what Tim Sherwood might be doing, look at the preseason matches that have happened thus far, and start looking to the season ahead. And better still? We're joined by Alex Carson to liven things up a bit

  • 00:36

    Aston Villa ease back into the Premier League with a visit to 16th-place Chelsea

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    That may have been the most refreshing week ever. We're back and ready to talk about Aston Villa again. That's not to say that the club have become any better, but we're recharged!

    And what a match to come back for. With speculation swirling that Tim Sherwood may only have two matches to save his tenure at Villa Park, he must lead his club to Stamford Bridge for a tilt against Chelsea. Sure Jose Mourinho's squad aren't as good as we've come to expect this year, but that doesn't mean this won't be difficult. It's Chelsea. It's always difficult.

  • 00:38

    How can Aston Villa get their second league win against Stoke?

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    It's been nearly two months since Aston Villa last won a match in the Premier League, and aside from a late-August draw against Sunderland, it's been all losing in the meantime. And if you're Tim Sherwood, you might be starting to worry about your job at least a little bit. This weekend Villa host Stoke in their last match before a brutal run through October and November.

    So what can the club do to right the ship? Does a win this weekend against Stoke before the international break allow us all to take a deep breath and stop worrying, or is it just plugging a hole in a dam that's riddled with them?

    Jack and Robert dive into that and more, including your twitter questions, on this weeks episode of the Holtecast!

  • 00:41

    Aston Villa summer prospectus and season in review

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    Well, we have to do this. At least we think we do. If we don't have to, our apologies for the unnecessary flashbacks. But it's time for THE ASTON VILLA SEASON IN REVIEW HOLTECAST EXTRAVAGANZA!

    Come listen as we figure out how many ways we can say that this team was abjectly miserable. We've figured out thirty-six thus far, but we didn't use them all on the show. 

    But that's not all we have in the episode, we promise. We've also got a look at what the summer holds, talk about the (possibly [maybe]) impending takeover. Can Tim Sherwood do much business before new owners arrive? Will new owners even arrive?

  • 00:34

    Aston Villa return from break to renew fierce rivalry with Leicester City

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    Well, we're back. And aside from Idrissa Gana picking up a hamstring problem while playing for Senegal, the international break did not go too badly for Aston Villa. And now we get back to football that actually matters as Villa make the trip up the road to face Leicester City on Sunday. Last year this match got testy all three times it was contested, so hopefully we'll see some fireworks again.

    And for our Holtecast this week we will, of course, dive into the matchup. What can Villa expect from a newly-resurgent Foxes side? How do they stop Riyad Mahrez? And what about that pesky Albrighton lad?

    We also take your twitter questions, including a delightful one that asks us to imagine an alternate universe in which we never mention a premier league team again.

  • 00:38

    Aston Villa ride derby win into clash with battered Liverpool

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    Well, we didn't win both of the derbies, but we won the one that mattered. Aston Villa had another lacklustre week, losing 0-1 to West Bromwich Albion and eeking out a 1-0 win over Birmingham City in the Second City Derby. Nevertheless, a win is a win and hopefully getting one in front of a raucous Villa Park crowd will spur on this club to play the way we know it can.

    Jack and Robert take on the two matches from the past week before turning to your questions on twitter, many of which have to do with Saturday's match against a recently-struggling (and without Christian Benteke) Liverpool. What will it take for us to come away from Anfield feeling happy about the trip?

  • 00:48

    The grace period is over, Aston Villa need to beat Sunderland

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    Let's ignore Crystal Palace, eh? And how about we ignore the first 90 minutes of Tuesday's Capital One Cup match. Will anyone be upset if we do that? No? Great.

    With that in place: VILLA ARE UNSTOPPABLE. Two goals in just 30 minutes and none allowed? Watch out Sunderland, we're coming for you And the 0-4 drubbing we put on in March is going to feel like Child's play. By my calculations of what happened against Notts County, Villa are on pace to... wait, we don't make predictions here.

    Instead, we talk about Crystal Palace and Notts County (yes, even the first half), and look ahead to Sunderland. Plus we've got a bumper crop of twitter questions this week, so we'll get to those as well!

  • 00:53

    Aston Villa: Two wins and a road to Sunderland

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    We're BACK with another scintillating Holtecast. Coming fresh off of two wins over West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa will be looking to put even more distance between themselves and the relegation fight this weekend. The trip to Sunderland comes as seemingly the entire defense is injured or dying, but improved performances in the past few matches are giving us a little bit of hope. 

    Before we get to that, though, Jack and I look back at Saturday's glorious, amazing, wonderful, FA Cup quarter-final victory over the Baggies. Was this what we can expect going forward? Which goal was the best? How terrible and horrifying were the crowds rushing the field? What will happen when civilization falls thanks to those same mobs?

    We answer all of those, your questions, and more.

  • 00:37

    Aston Villa ride winning streak into Friday night match with Manchester United

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    And Jack returns from the wilds of the North American west to help anchor this week's episode. We obviously spend a fair amount of time rolling around in the glory of an opening day win at Bournemouth, but that's not all we have in store. Jack tells us a bit about the North American Villans meet-up in San Diego, too!

    We've also got a look at all of the transfer news surrounding the club this week. Adama Traore looks to be on his way! Maybe! For an unspecified sum of money!

    And there is a little match with Manchester United coming up, too. A nice, one-year-early preview of Friday night football. And hopefully Villa's chance to break a 20-year winless streak over United at Villa Park.

  • 00:46

    Sherwood sacking means something to talk about other than Aston Villa losing!

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    Listen. We know it's not good news, per se, but we've got something very exciting in this week's Holtecast: talk of something other than a loss! Sure, it's the sacking of Tim Sherwood, and sure that sacking came as the result of another loss, but it's something different! Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. 

    We sit down to try and figure out who might be the next man in charge in B6, and we do so even while speculation is swirling about Remi Garde, formerly of Lyon, canceling his weekend TV appearances. What would the Frenchman mean for Aston Villa? Could he help? Could anyone at this point hurt?

  • 00:36

    Aston Villa try something new as Garde takes over just after Spurs loss

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    There's a new sheriff in town at Aston Villa. Or whatever it is that they call sheriffs in France. That's right, just as expected, Rémi Garde has taken over as the club's new manager to replace the recently-discarded Tim Sherwood. And the look on his face as he sat in the stands and watched Villa get trounced by Spurs was one that does not bode well for the players. I hope they enjoy strenuous workouts!

    And oh yeah, there was that loss to Spurs. If you focus on the 15 minutes of good, tough play, it was really encouraging. If you ignore them, it was absolutely terrible. We'll try and fall somewhere in between as we take a look at the match and see if there is anything we can take from it and apply to this weekend's match against Manchester City. And some player. Some player we all dislike.