At first I was a bit irritated about having a mid-week match so soon after the FA Cup match. Aston Villa aren't a lot of fun right now and I'm not exactly going in search of more opportunities to watch them. Two days off simply didn't feel like enough.
But then I realized that we could treat today's match against Crystal Palace a little bit differently. It's not a nuisance coming only a matter of hours after yet another annoying result. No, it's a test-drive for being in the Championship next season. There we'll have
four eight (whoops, there are 24 teams in the League, not the 22 I was doing the math with!) extra league matches each year while still contending with cup play. Multiple matches in a week will be the norm.
So welcome to your training session! That is unless Villa can win here. And then win a lot more. And make the idea of being in the Championship a moot point.
You'll find everything here you need to follow along with the match online. Be sure to join us in the comments, too!
Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off time: 7:45 PM GMT, 2:45 PM Eastern, 11:45 AM Pacific
Available TV: None (UK), Premier League Extra Time (US)
Available streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Available radio: BBC Radio (UK), AVTV (subscription required), Westwood One Sports (US)
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
Aston Villa squad
LIBOR KOZAK IS ALIVE!!! YOU GUYS! IT'S LIBOR KOZAK!!!
Confirmed #AVFC team for tonight’s match with #CPFC. UTV! #AVLCRY pic.twitter.com/J0AhHq77VO— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 12, 2016
Crystal Palace squad
#CPFC XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney (c), Souare; Cabaye; Ledley, McArthur; Zaha; Puncheon, Sako. #AVLCRY pic.twitter.com/zFA0ptEsVv— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 12, 2016