• 00:55

    We're going streaking! Aston Villa try for fourth straight win against Swansea

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    Jack and Robert are back and we swear that we won't make any predictions. Three matches without a prediction, and three wins for Aston Villa. The latest was last weekend's 0-4 drubbing of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light that led to Gus Poyet getting fired. Nice to be on the other side of that for once.


    We'll take a look at the relegation race as it stands after the weekend. With their win, Villa look much better, but Burnleytook a surprising 1-0 against Manchester City and made safety a bit harder to achieve. Jerks. We'll also be taking your questions from Twitter and Facebook.


    And of course we'll glance ahead at this weekend's match against Swansea. The last before a two-week international break. Can Villa keep up their winning ways?

  • 00:41

    Aston Villa back to winning ways, look to do the double on the Baggies

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    So here's a novel idea: we're podcasting after an Aston Villa win. Yes, that's right. And what's more, it's a win in the Premier League. We haven't gotten to do a podcast like that in nearly three months, so you can imagine how excited we are.


    We begin, of course, by recounting the thrilling win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. There is no shortage of gloating over the win, and especially the gut-punching manner in which it happened. After that we take on all sorts of Aston Villa news: the return of Stiliyan Petrov, the defensive injury crisis, and more.


    And how can we leave you except by looking ahead to Saturday's FA Cup quarter final clash against the Baggies?

  • 01:31

    Cottage Talk: Fulham vs. Aston Villa

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    This is our preview of Fulham vs. Aston Villa

  • 00:50

    Can Aston Villa nab a win over Arsenal at the transfer deadline?

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    Jack and Robert are back after an Aston Villa w... wi... win? Is that how you spell it? It's their second in the month of January, but this weekend sees the club try to get back on track in the Premier League, where they haven't won since December 7. Unfortunately, the challenge will be stiff, as Villa travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal, who currently sit in fifth.


    We'll have a recap of the FA Cup victory (with 2 [two!] goals!), and a look at what Villa might do as the transfer windowcloses. We'll also be welcoming on Zito Madu to talk about the Arsenal match. Zito is one of the best football writers around, and he plies his trade on The Short Fuse as well as on SB Nation (where he writes about more than just football).

  • 01:08

    Can Carles Gil help Aston Villa beat Liverpool?

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    Jack and Robert are back this week! Wait, no. Jack is busy doing important things, so Robert is back this week! But to prevent you from having to hear me drone on by myself for a while, we've brought in our very own Adam Clark to make his first Holtecast appearance. And what a time to join!


    We've got a recap of the dreadful Leicester City match, a look at Aston Villa's limited action in the transfer window, some talk of new boy Carles Gil, the big protest planned [takes a huge breath] AND of course the Liverpool match set for this weekend. We ALSO end up taking some listener questions

  • 00:35

    Aston Villa prepare for Everton after the international break

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    Jack and Robert are back, and so, too, are Aston Villa. After an international break that saw plenty of players out on duty (and one injured) the club are ready to take on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.


    And after three straight goalless losses, it sure would be nice to see Villa get SOMETHING from this matchup. The good news, of course, is that Christian Benteke is back, and he should help add some potency to what has been an absolutely anemic attack. 


    So we've got coverage of all this and more on today's Holtecast! Remember, you can subscribe on YouTube, or to our audio-only feed at iTunes, Stitcher, BlogTalk Radio, or anywhere else you get podcasts. Thanks, as always, for listening!

  • 00:39

    How a battered Aston Villa can crack Southampton's defense

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    The Holtecast, like football after the international break, is back! And, like football after the international break, we're battered. Battered down by watching Villa play seven matches since September 13 and not grab a win in any of them. But that doesn't mean that we've given up hope entirely! No thanks to circumstances, of course.


    This week we dive into everything that has happened since our last episode. And given that it was a break, there's a surprising amount to cover. Ron Vlaar got injured, Villa got connected to his replacement, and lots of meaningless international football went on. But we spend the bulk of today looking ahead to Monday's match against Southampton. How can Aston Villa's anemic offense unlock the Premier League's best defense? Can it be done?


    As always, you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, BlogTalk Radio, or any other podcasting service that you may have. 

  • 00:56

    Is Senderos the man for Aston Villa? And a World Cup preview!

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    Jack and Robert are back for yet another Holtecast as the summer continues its slow plod. To liven things up, we will be joined by our very own Kirsten Schlewitz, who will be here to help us with our World Cup preview!


    But before we get into that, we've got super serious business to discuss today. Aston Villa have been very busy since last we podcasted with you. There's news that the club haven't been sold, the breaking story that nothing at all is happening, and very little speculation to cover. Exciting! Oh, well, there is the Philippe Senderos imminent signing to discuss, so we've got that.


    Then it gets fun, as we dive into the World Cup. Sure, Aston Villa fans don't have a lot to watch, but that doesn't change the fact that we all love football and the World Cup is the greatest event in football. If nothing else, it'll be a great way to take our minds off the club for a while. We'll have discussion, analysis, and predictions for you today.

  • 01:31

    Cottage Talk: Extra Time - Fulham vs. Aston Villa

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    This is our post-match show of Fulham vs. Aston Villa

  • 00:36

    Aston Villa defeated 3-0 by Everton; does QPR offer hope?

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    Alright, losing 3-0 to Arsenal is fine. Doing the same to Chelsea? Acceptable. A 2-0 loss that was competitive for 82 minutes to Manchester City was even, dare we say it, encouraging. But 3-0 to Everton? A team that had allowed more goals than any other in the Premier League? Well, that's just infuriating.


    And it doesn't help that Aston Villa played terribly to boot.


    Jack and Robert are back to dissect yet another loss. Four in a row in a stretch that we knew was capable of producing exactly that kind of run. And in fact, that's the only thing keeping most Villa fans sane right now. Lose 3-0 to QPR on Monday, though, and you can bet we all lose that tenuous grasp.

  • 01:08

    Aston Villa and the bottom of the table and a preview of the Newcastle match

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    Jack and Robert take a look at the table's worst teams: the bottom eleven. All of them are still very much in the mathematical relegation fight, but who should be worried? We also talk about Ryan Bertrand's love for Aston Villa and preview this weekend's trip to face Newcastle United. 

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