This weekend should tell us a lot. Aston Villa fulfilled our expectations with an opening day win at Bournemouth. All of the excitement and anticipation that we had felt during the summer was rewarded in a match that was a little bit dull in pure football terms, but thrilling as fans. Then, last Friday, Tim Sherwood's side lost a predictable 0-1 match against Manchester United. No one was too worried about that, and if you were, calm down.
So basically, we're sort of where we expected to be. Three points from two matches is totally fair, and it's easy to believe in the Tim Sherwood experiment right now. But this is actually a match that has the potential to move the needle for many of us. Win and I think you'll find a lot of Villa fans buying in. Draw and we stay the course. Lose and worry starts to become a bit more real. No matter what happens, there will still be no reason to panic, but this can certainly tell us more than last Friday did.
And we've got everything you need to follow along right here. Lineups will be up just before the match and in the meantime, be sure to check out all of our match coverage. Finally, don't forget to stick around and join us in the comments!
Location: Selhurst Park, London, England
Kick-off time: 3 PM GMT, 10 AM Eastern, 7 AM Pacific
Available TV: None (UK), USA Network (US)
Available streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Available radio: BBC WM 95.6 FM (UK), AVTV (subscription required), Westwood One Sports (US)
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
Aston Villa squad
Crystal Palace starting XI
TEAMS: #CPFC McCarthy, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Murray.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) August 22, 2015
Crystal Palace subs
TEAMS: Subs: Hennessey, Bamford, Lee, Jedinak, Gayle, Mutch, Kelly.#CPFC— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) August 22, 2015