The Eagles have built on their impressive campaign last year - with the signings of Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham - and were unlucky to come away empty handed against Arsenal following their convincing win over Norwich on the opening day of the season.
The pace of their attacking options is frightening and it’s an area Sherwood is well aware of ahead of tomorrow's showdown.
“When I’ve watched Palace play, they player counter-attacking football,” he is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail.
“They bring teams onto them and then they spring on you with the pace of Bolasie, Zaha, and Puncheon...
"Obviously they’ve added a lot of experience and guile in there with Cabaye so they’ve got a good side.”
Despite the clear threat of the Palace frontmen, Sherwood doesn’t intend to set up to stop them, instead preferring to focus on his own team.
“I want us to have the ball and I want us to dominate possession for as long as we can but I also want to show far more of an attacking threat than we did against Manchester United," added the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.
“We just missed too many passes and lacked that bit of guile and threat going forward.”
Villa will have their work cut out against one of the league’s newly established mid-table clubs, but signs have been promising for the Claret and Blues.
New midfield due Jordan Veretout and Idriss Gueye have adapted well to the demands of the Premier League and Jordan Amavi has been outstanding at left-back.
The return of Jack Grealish will add further impetous to a still-developing attack, and Saturday will be another chance for Rudy Gestede to adjust to the step-up in leagues.
Sherwood has at his disposal a core of hungry, talented young players and the blueprint for growth is plain to see.