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  • 00:21

    Football is back! Bournemouth-Aston Villa preview

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    It's almost here! In just twenty-four hours we'll have the return of Premier League football to enjoy. Aston Villa are set to kick off the season with a trip to newly-promoted (and Premier League debutant) AFC Bournemouth. FOOTBALL!

    We had a few scheduling issues this week, but we desperately wanted to get you one last Holtecast before the season began. So while Jack was out in the wilderness of Western North America, we had James come in and make his debut. Together we kept things short. Focused on figuring out what might be seen at Bournemouth and figuring out our expectations for the season.

    And of course, we found out who James REALLY hates. 

  • 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.

  • 00:41

    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?

  • 00:38

    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!

  • 00:53

    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.

  • 00:34

    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?

  • 00:46

    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.

  • 00:46

    Win over Everton sees Aston Villa edge closer to safety

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    So close and yet so far. After a dominating 3-2 win over Everton at Villa Park last weekend Aston Villa sit on 35 points. A month ago we probably would have told you that 35 was enough to guarantee safety, but surges from teams like Leicester and Sunderland mean that we're not quite over the hump yet. 

    Today we tackle that win and the concurrent results over the weekend. To top it off, we analyze what it will take to actually ensure Premier League survival. The good news: it's not much more! We also take a look at the incoherent ramblings of Roy Keane, answer your twitter questions, preview this weekend's match against West Ham and more!

  • 00:43

    With traumatic loss, Aston Villa assure Premier League safety

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    After a one-week hiatus that likely had you holding your breath in antici...

    ...pation, the Holtecast returns! We've got a lot to talk about, too. There's the slaughter at St. Mary's last weekend. The following demolition of Hull by an aimless Tottenham Hotspur. And, oh yeah, safety! After weeks of worrying, Aston Villa are, finally, officially safe.

    So we've got all of that, plus we dig into your questions on twitter. Mainly: what will be the fate of Christian Benteke? It seems as if everyone is assuming that he's gone this summer, but why have we all suddenly jumped on that bandwagon?

    And of course we look ahead to this week's friendly against Burnley. With the Clarets relegated and the claret and blues safe, there's naught on the line but pride.