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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!
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The grace period is over, it's time for Villa to start winning
Yesterday, August 27, 3:22 PM
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UNBEATEN HOLTECAST AHOY!

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. 
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Aston Villa ride winning streak into Friday night match with Manchester United
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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.
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With Benteke at Liverpool, what's next for Aston Villa?
Mon, July 27, 10:30 AM
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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?
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Aston Villa summer prospectus and season in review
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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. 
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With safety assured, Aston Villa bide their time until Arsenal in the FA Cup final
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Huh. Two consecutive weeks and Aston Villa have played their best football of the season, and yet they've only gotten one win. Defensive miscues doomed the club on their visit to the reigning champions Manchester City, but the big issue is the relegation picture. A normal club would get to feel good about such a strong performance, but Villa have to immediately start looking below and above them. 

So this week we take on that City match: what went right? What went wrong? And then we turn to the bigger relegation picture. If you trust the bookies, we shouldn't be worried yet, but never trust the bookies. 

And as always, we get to your twitter questions and take a look at this week's match against Everton. 
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Despite Villa's best football in ages, the relegation race is tighter than ever
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So it wasn't a win against Manchester United. Heck, Aston Villa couldn't even get the draw. But nevertheless, it's hard to feel too down-trodden after a solid performance on a Friday night against a club who will probably finish in the top 3 and have a shot at winning the whole league. 

We're back with another Hotlecast to dissect the match a bit. Who played well? What can be improved? How angry are we about the penalty that Micah Richards should have gotten but didn't?

And then we dive into everything else. Adama Traore is now a Villan, and between him and Jordan Amavi we've got two of the most exciting outside talents around. Who knows, we might get to see his debut at Crystal Palace on Saturday! 
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A solid Manchester United outing should vault Villa into Crystal Palace match
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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.
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Football is back! Bournemouth-Aston Villa preview
Thu, August 6, 4:07 PM
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We haven't done this podcast thing in about a month. To put things into perspective, when we last brought you a show Aston Villa were about to be taken over, Tim Sherwood still hadn't made any transfer moves, and (perhaps most tellingly) Fabian Delph was still a Villan.

So yeah, it's time for another episode. We're back to talk (takes giant breath): Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Micah Richards, Mark Bunn, preseason friendlies, collapse of the takeover, where to spend the money, the goalkeeper situation, annnnnnd more.

Even better: we're joined by Sam Tighe of BleacherReport UK! We figured with so much news we could use a little bit of help covering it all.
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Gueye, Richards, Amavi, Delph, Benteke... it's time for a podcast
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We're back, and we've got an entire hour devoted to talking about the Burnley match. N'Zogbia sure was a weird left back choice, right? And how about that time when... uh... actually I don't even really remember the Burnley match. And we're barely touching on it this week.

Why?

Well because the is FA Cup final week. We're here to take a look at everything surrounding Saturday's trip to Wembley. What do Villa have to do to beat Arsenal? Can we finally score a goal on the Gunners this year? Will we be able to liit their damage to fewer than the four goals they've averaged against us.

To help us figure this all out, we've got Travis King from The Short Fuse to give us a bit of an Arsenal perspective. Don't worry, we checked. He's a decent human being.
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FA Cup final preview podcast: Can Villa beat Arsenal at Wembley?
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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!  
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Win over Everton sees Aston Villa edge closer to safety
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Welcome back to the Holtecast: the official podcast of a website that blogs about a team who are now FA Cup finalists! It's practically like having Christian Benteke whispering in your ears if Christian Benteke were white and American. But Jack and Robert are here to talk extensively about the incredible semifinal win over Liverpool. We also delve into the fact that Tim Sherwood now has the best winning percentage of any Aston Villa manager ever. 

And of course, we have injury news. We say of course because this is Aston Villa and injuries are just a normal part of life. This week it isn't so bad, though! Even baby steps are still steps. In between all of this we've also got answers to your questions on twitter as well as a preview of Saturday's Manchester City match. 
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Dissecting Villa's FA Cup win over Liverpool and looking ahead to Manchester City
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7500 to Holte is the Aston Villa blog on SB Nation. We bring you all of the latest news and opinion on our beloved claret and blue.