The referee ends Aston Villa's misery by blowing the final whistle. Sensational stuff. Chelsea simply brilliant, a harsh lesson for Villa's youngsters. It ends 8-0, thanks for joining us.
RAMIRES! Ramires sidefoots one into the top corner to the chagrin of 7-0 backers. 8-0 (Eight-nil).
Ireland floats one in but Chelsea clear and break.
Bennett is fouled by Luiz just outside the centre circle.
Guzan saves Piazon's penalty to the delight of 7-0 backers.
Piazon goes down under a challenge from Clark.
Even now Villa are committed to trying to make it 7-1. If nothing else, the youngsters attitude should be commended.
Oscar pounces on a defensive mix-up but his shot only finds the side netting.
The next five minutes can't go fast enough for Villa. But you fancy Chelsea might have another one in them yet.
GOAL! Hazard twists and turns and smashes an emphatic finish past Guzan in the Villa goal.
The game was over as a contest a long time ago but it feels more like a training session than ever now.
Lowton robs Oscar in the middle of the park just as Chelsea were beginning to threaten once more.
Chelsea pass the ball around without pressure and Villa's heads are finally beginning to drop.
OSCAR! The man who went down plants the ball into the top corner. 6-0.
Chelsea penalty! Oscar goes down under the challenge from Herd.
Benteke causes mild panic in the Chelsea box but Luiz hacks it clear.
RAMIRES! The subs combine as Piazon picks an inch-perfect pass with his first touch and Ramires makes no mistake with a low finish through Guzan's legs into the centre of the goal.
Lucas Piazon is on for Juan Mata.
Oscar is blocked by Baker on the edge of the Villa box but the referee waves play on. It looked a foul but a 4-0 there was a collective shrug of the shoulders even in the Stamford Bridge stands.
Bannan's deep cross is intended for Benteke who does win the header, but it falls into the grateful arms of Cech.
Hazard pulls out a couple of tricks down the Chelsea left before curling in a devilish cross that Villa do well to deal with.
Cech comes off his line to collect a Villa throughball. The Chelsea keeper has had a very quiet afternoon.
Oscar is played in down the inside right and his first touch of the game sets himself up but his second touch drags the ball wide of Guzan's post. He should have scored.
Ireland tries to scoop a pass over the Chelsea defence for Holman but it just runs out of play.
Torres off, Oscar on. No respite for Villa then.
Another fluent move from Chelsea ends with an Azpilicueta shot that Guzan saves at his near post.
The corner comes to nothing. To Villa's credit they are still giving it a go but you can't help but feel they are leaving gaping holes at the back in their quest for what would only be a consolation.
Andreas Weimann is played in by Ireland folllowing good work from Benteke and his low shot skids off Cech and out for a corner via flicking the bar. Great chance for Villa.
Torres skips past Clark and almost finds a way through before a heavy touch ruins the chance. He looks sharp, today, Fernando.
Lampard gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Ramires two minutes after his christmas cracker of a finish. Villa are all at sea and there could be more for Chelsea in the last half hour.
Moses belts one over from 30 yards as the Chelsea players shoot at will.
LAMPARD! Lampard lashes one in in trademark fashion from 25 yards and that's the most celebrated goal of the day.
Moses scoops a pass over for Mata who volleys a delicious cross into the Villa box. Torres is inches away from it and that would have been a gorgeous goal. Chelsea retain the ball and Torres does bundle it in but the referee spots a foul. Moses then goes close. A goal is coming...
Ashley Westwood and Eric Lichaj are replaced by Stephen Ireland and Joe Bennett as Lambert makes a double change for Villa.
Another Villa corner, another Chelsea clearance, another Hazard break and another Torres cross blocked by a desperate Villa defence.
Chelsea clear the corner without fuss and Hazard breaks. He back-heels one into Torres whose cross-cum-shot is blocked.
Villa win a rare corner as Cahill denies Benteke a chance.
Mata with a high, long, looping corner to Lampard who volleys one straight at Guzan.
Chelsea are quick and slick and much too inventive for Villa today. Another fast move ends with Torres swivelling on the edge of the box, he shoots and that deflects behind for another corner.
Villa clear the danger from the corner.
Torres picks out Moses in acres of space down the inside right and he picks out Mata, who blasts the chance high over the bar via a deflection. Chelsea corner.
Moses with a driving run down the Chelsea right and he gets his cross in, only for Clark to clear the danger.
Benteke is called offside yet again but he looks a tad unlucky there, he was possibly level.
Chelsea win an early corner but Hazard can't get it by the near post.
Villa get the second period under way.
Some priceboosts from Sky Bet HQ: Fernando Torres is 9/2 to score next while Chelsea to win 5-0 is 5/1.
Tony Quinlan spotted the deliberate mistake I made early in the game: "The cross for Torres' goal was by Azpilicueta, not Hazard," says Tony. Well played Tony, you win the award for 'most eagle-eyed on Christmas Eve Eve'.
Callum Wilson (Villa fan) is back on. He says: "This first half has shown the difficulty in fielding a young squad. Against Liverpool, we went 1 up and the game played in our favour. 1 down, and we're lacking the experience to dig deep. Hopefully Lambert will give them a good talking to at half time!"
Phil Dowd blows his whistle to signal half-time and it's all too easy for Chelsea who have cruised into a 3-0 lead at the break. Join us for the second period.
Villa ending the half with plenty of possession but they've yet to trouble Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.
Villa have a chance to break but Benteke sprints into an offside position again. What is he doing?! His team-mates ignore him but the move breaks down.
Matthew Lowton with an air shot down near the halfway line but it turns out he was impeded and Villa have another free-kick.
Torres heads the set piece away, with as much venom as the one with which he scored from 39 minutes ago.
Free-kick to Villa in a dangerous position.
Now Moses is caught offside as the majority of players on the pitch momentarily forget the rule.
Benteke is caught offside again, this time when Villa were in a good position (three on three). He's frustrated but that was his error.
Mata is now offside following a lob-wedge pass from Lampard.
Ivanovic has a 40-yard pass in his locker and he picks out Moses like an international midfielder but his team-mate is caught offside.
Luiz shoots from distance and while it dips again, Guzan is well sighted and gets his body behind it.
Paul Lambert cuts a beleaguered figure on the touchline. He'll want half-time to come quickly but the next 10 minutes is going to drag. It could be five by the break.
IVANOVIC! Cahill turns sweetly and shoots well, but Guzan parries it only to the goal-vulture that is Ivanovic who heads in his fifth of the season. Chelsea running riot.
Moses, Mata, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Azpilicueta. Nice move and they win another corner.
Lampard gets a great reception down in the corner where he takes the corner. His corner is a poor one, but he wins another corner. The second corner is better, but comes to nothing.
Another free-kick for Chelsea, a bit further out. Mata takes it and it deflects behind for a corner.
Two very good goals from Chelsea who look in the mood this afternoon. Villa are trying hard but they're being outclassed at the Bridge.
LUIZ! David Luiz fires a thunderbolt of a free-kick over the wall and that's 2-0. It was Ronaldo-esque, Drogba-esque. You know, the dipping arrow-type free-kick. It was a good one.
Herd hacks down Hazard 25 yards out and this is a dangerous free-kick.
Barry Bannan tries to break throughbut Moses nicks it off him and Chelsea break.
Eager beaver Benteke is caught offside.
Ciaran Clark takes a long ball on his chest and passes back to Guzan, as Villa look to build from the back.
Cesar Azpilicueta marauds forward down the Chelsea right.
Phil Dowd, the ref, might just be feeling an injury. He could be the first sub of the day.
Ashley Cole floats one in towards Torres and Nathan Baker has his hands all over the Spaniard. Penalty? Would have been harsh. It is a contact sport.
Chris Herd with a poor pass out of defence straight to Chelsea blue. Villa are a little pegged back at the moment.
Lampard spreads the ball out wide as Chelsea pour forward again.
Hazard cuts inside and finds Mata, but his attempt at an intricate pass fails.
Luiz and Juan Mata combine brilliantly down the Chelsea right but the latter can't quite control the return pass. He was almost in.
Villa have settled down now and look more comfortable on the ball. They were stunned by Chelsea's fast start.
The corner comes to nothing as the ball is headed away from Ivanovic who was lurking with intent on the edge of the six-yard box.
Victor Moses wins a corner for Chelsea.
David Luiz is less accurate and boots the ball up field when he clears.
Ivanovic mops up well and finds Lampard with an accurate pass out of defence.
Chelsea pass the ball quickly and accurately as they move through Villa at will.
Gary Cahill panics a little under no pressure and passes one out for a Villa throw.
Tony is having a right go at me for not telling you who crossed for the Torres goal. It was Hazard. I can only apologise for this oversight.
Lampard tries to pick the run of Torres but thatone's intercepted and Villa have meaningful possession for the first time in the match.
Torres tries to get on the end of another throughball but this time it's too strong and Guzan collects.
All this talk of Falcao perhaps coming to the Bridge and Torres with an early reminder there that for the moment, he is the main man. Guzan had no chance.
TORRES! Fernando Torres heads home from 15 yards out and that's a belting header, though the marking was none existent.
Brad Guzan comes out to collect a cross intended for Branislav Ivanovic, who has stayed up following a Lampard set-piece.
Chelsea get the game under way, under the floodlights at a packed Stamford Bridge.
'Lampard is a legend' screams a banner in the crowd. Hard to argue with that. Good to see him starting a league game again.
One Brian A Cook. There's only one Brian A Cook. He says: "Ben, Villa have been on a good run but I think this is one too far and would be really pleased with a draw. Come on Villa Yougsters."
Steve Cowdell is another Villa fan hoping for an early christmas present at the Bridge: "Hi Ben, would be happy with a point but looking forward to another progressive game from the youngsters. Chances for a steal. Happy Xmas."
Villa fan Darren would take a draw right now if you offered it to him: "Hi Ben. I think this will be a tough game for Villa, they're on a bit of a high at the moment but Chelsea have a lot of class. If you compare total squad costs I think it would be almost comical. But I think it'll be a draw today, maybe 2-2, with Weimann to score first."
A lovely message from Dave Birch who I sense is a Villa fan. He says: "Hi Ben, A very merry Christmas to you and all fellow viewers. Hoping Chelsea underestimate us today like Liverpool did last week. I think this will be a lot tougher though and would be delighted with a point from this game. There's always lots of goals in this fixture and I think that will continue today, I'm going for a 3-3, Benteke first goal 12/1......That's Printing money. UTV."
Helen Nicholls can't help but pull a cracker joke of her own: "I think Chelsea to win 6-0 Hazard to score a hat-trick Moses to get a double and Torres to get one Chelsea are the champions of Europe this could be a cracker."
You lot clearly think Fernando Torres is going to be amongst the goals today. Kayode Akinjare says: "This is gonna be a thriller. Chelsea winning 3-0. Two for Torres and one for Mata. Up bluez!!!!"
Callum Steele says: "Hi Ben I think Aston Villa will win 3-2 with a Benteke hat-trick and Torres a brace. Hope Villa win but it'll be close." Thanks for that Callum, I'm going to take you on and predict that won't happen, but best of luck.
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Sky Bet's Tim Clement has his eyes on the markets and he says: "Chelsea are big favourites at 1/3 with the draw 4/1 and Aston Villa 15/2. Fernando Torres heads the first scorer market at 3/1 while Christian Benteke is price boosted to 12/1 to break the deadlock." Benteke 12/1? I like it. I like it a lot.
Frank Lampard starts a Barclays Premier League match for the first time since early October while Victor Moses is once again selected ahead of Oscar. The returning Ramires has to be content with a place on the bench. Unsurprisingly Aston Villa are unchanged from the side which beat Liverpool 3-1, although Stephen Ireland is fit to be named among the substitutes after missing their last match through illness. Ron Vlaar and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor have failed to recover from calf and thigh problems respectively.
Welcome to our coverage of Chelsea v Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. Rafa Benitez's side are looking to kick on from their 5-1 hammering of Leeds in the week while Villa themselves come into this game on the back of an excellent 3-1 win at Liverpool. It should be a cracker (first festive joke of the clockwatch. There will be plenty more.)