While Thomas Tuchel’s side are barely in a crisis, the standards both other title challengers have set over the last few seasons means any further slip-ups from Chelsea will likely leave them too far behind.
Villa, meanwhile, have largely been reborn under Steven Gerrard - who will not be in the dugout due to a positive Covid-19 test.
Four wins from six games have sent shockwaves throughout the division as the former England captain begins his quest to make a managerial name for himself south of the border after a successful time with Rangers.
A late afternoon kick-off on Boxing Day, it promises to be a cracker.
Where to watch Aston Villa vs Chelsea
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HD and Sky Showcase.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the game through the Sky Go app.