Paul Lambert has chosen to send out the same starting XI that beat Liverpool 3-1 last weekend. And why not? That match was the most fun we've seen in ages. But can Villa come away from Stamford Bridge still full of Christmas cheer?
Well, it's possible. But for all the stick that's given to Rafa Benitez, this is still a very good lineup. At the same time -- David Luiz in central midfield? Ok, then.
I'm pretty sure this match only serves to prove who's got the better Belgian. Let's make it clear, Christian!
Chelsea substitutes (from): Ross Turnbull, Ramires, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira, Marko Marin, Lucas Piazon, Nathan Ake
Aston Villa Starting XI (3-5-2): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark [c]; Eric Lichaj, Brett Holman, Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan, Chris Herd; Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke
(Pretty sure that's a dyslexic lineup. Sorry, blame the official twitter. You know where the peoples go).
Villa substitutes (from): Shay Given, Jordan Bowery, Karim El Ahmadi, Stephen Ireland, Joe Bennett, Fabian Delph, Marc Albrighton.