The omens are good ahead of West Ham United’s visit to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea have only ever lost one home game on a Monday in the Premier League.
This will be our 21st top-flight match at the Bridge on the first day of the week in the Premier League era and the Blues certainly seem to live by the mantra ‘start as you mean to go on’.
Only one of those 20 previous matches have ended in defeat, and that was as long ago as Boxing Day 1994, when we were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United.
In more recent years things have gone much better, winning the last five in a row. Those games have provided plenty of entertainment for Blues fans too, as we have hit no less than 15 goals while securing those victories, most recently when Eden Hazard hit a brace either side of Victor Moses’ strike to give us a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in February of last year.
It was our last Monday home game before that fixture which has provided arguably to most excitement, though, as Watford came to west London on 15 May 2017, adding to the party atmosphere at the Bridge three days after we had secured the Premier League title away at West Brom three days earlier.
On that occasion John Terry opened the scoring on his penultimate appearance for the club, before the Hornets equalised through Etienne Capoue. Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi then gave us a two-goal advantage, only to be pegged back again by Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka’s goals.
Thankfully, Cesc Fabregas was on hand to finally win the game for the new champions, finding the net to make it 4-3 with just two minutes left.
The run of five consecutive home league wins on a Monday actually began against the same opponents we face this week, West Ham, and another dramatic late goal to seal the three points.
It came on the first day of that same title-winning 2016/17 season and again we scored first, this time through a Hazard penalty. James Collins equalised for the Hammers but we had the last laugh when Batshuayi, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes after coming off the bench to make his Chelsea debut, set up Diego Costa to get us off to a winning start in the last minute of normal time.
This second game against our fellow Londoners won’t make them our most common Monday Premier League opponents, though, as we have hosted both Everton and our closest neighbours Fulham three times on that day of the week.
The Toffees certainly won’t be any hurry to relive the experience, as we have won all three of those fixtures against them, scoring 11 goals against them, more than any other side. Fulham did secure a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day 2011, though, having lost the first two matches in 2005 and 2009.