Home and Away
Inside Blue Tue 26 Dec 2017
Gary Cahill was on target home and away versus Stoke City last season, but he's not the only Blues defender to net in both fixtures against a side in the same Premier League campaign.
Surprisingly, John Terry, who is our highest-scoring centre-back and indeed the defender with the most goals in the Premier League era, never managed to achieve that during his long career with Chelsea. These four men all have, though...
Frank Leboeuf (v Derby, 1996/97)
As our designated penalty taker during his time at the Bridge, it comes as no surprise to see the French libero on this list. He netted home and away against the Rams, with Leboeuf's penalty before half-time in the first match ultimately proving to be the winner. He was on target at the Baseball Ground, too, but was later sent off for handling on the line as we slipped to a 3-2 defeat.
Leboeuf (v Sheffield Wednesday, 1997/98)
The Frenchman was at it again the following season, netting home and away against Sheffield Wednesday to help complete a league double over the Owls. Both goals came from the penalty spot and the first, in a 4-1 home victory, led to Wednesday boss Ron Atkinson declaring that Ruud Gullit's Blues had given his side 'a real spanking'.
Branislav Ivanovic (v Burnley, 2014/15)
Ivanovic loved playing against sides in claret and blue – not only did he score more goals against Aston Villa than any other team, he also did the double over Burnley in the second of his title-winning seasons with the club. The first came on the opening day of the campaign at Turf Moor, when he steered home a Cesc Fabregas corner, while the second, at Stamford Bridge, owed much to a barnstorming run by Eden Hazard.
Cesar Azpilicueta (v West Brom, 2015/16)
The 'Mr Consistency' tag for Azpilicueta even applies to who he scores against, as he reserves his Premier League goals for clubs beginning with the letter 'W'. He opened his account in the English top flight at the Hawthorns by scoring what proved to be the winner in a five-goal thriller, but his opener at the Bridge later in the season was only good enough to earn a point. His two other Premier League goals have come against Watford.
Gary Cahill (v Stoke, 2016/17)
Cahill opened the scoring this time last year in what was our 13th consecutive league win, equalling a Premier League record within one season that had been set by Arsenal in 2001/02. It was trademark Gaz, as Fabregas clipped the ball in and he got up at the near post to score a header, putting the Blues on our way to a 4-2 victory. In the return, he'd conceded a penalty which allowed the Potters to equalise before smashing home a centre-forward's finish from close range to secure yet another win on our way to title glory.