Wed 26 Dec 2012 15:00 (Attendance: 26,831)
The Boxing Day fixture takes us away from home. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton have their festive build-up with all the trimmings...
'Match Of The Day' dubbed Sunday's festive stuffing of Villa 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. For Chelsea fans, perhaps, 'It's A Wonderful Life' was more appropriate.
It is a time of year for over-indulgence and the Blues' win fits that description. Eight-nil is the biggest win recorded in any of the top five European leagues in 2012
and equalled our all-time record top-flight league win set against Wigan in 2010.
The seven different goalscorers is the highest total in the Premier League and equalled the most in any competition by our team, set in 1971 against Luxembourg part-timers Jeunesse Hautcharage.
It might have been an all-time club record 9-0 had not Lucas Piazon (Chelsea's seventh penalty taker this season) not seen his shot well saved by Bras Guzan.
Centuries ago turkeys were walked from Norfolk to London for the Christmas market and slaughter. This Boxing Day Londoners are asked to make the opposite journey with no train service.
All the top three kick-off at 3pm on Boxing Day, with most other Premier League teams reaching the halfway stage of the campaign; Chelsea will still have a game in hand, the postponed home fixture with Southampton. The Blues' next action is not till Sunday and the lunchtime kick-off at Goodison Park.
Our East Anglian opponents were victims of a last-minute heartbreaker from a Chelsea striker at the weekend. It was Romelu Lukaku, on loan at West Bromwich Albion.
Grant Holt, the experienced striker who netted the opener when they were beaten 4-1 at the Bridge at the start of the season, was missing from the squad that lost at the Hawthorns.
The Blues haven't won on Boxing Day since 2008 when we beat West Brom 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Our last away win on 26 December was 13 years ago when a brace from Tore Andre Flo defeated Southampton at their old ground The Dell.
|Our last five Boxing Day fixtures|