Frank Lampard’s Chelsea face newly-promoted opposition for the second English Premier League game running, as they welcome Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Lampard finally got his first competitive win as Blues boss when his side battled beyond Norwich City in a close 3-2 victory at Carrow Road.

The Stamford Bridge legend knows The Blades reasonably well from his time in the Sky Bet Championship. However, Chelsea go into unfamiliar territory having played Saturday’s opposition just twice in the 21st Century.

Ahead of the game, we have looked at the three last home fixtures against newly-promoted sides whilst Lampard was in the blue of Chelsea, excluding games which the midfielder did not feature in.

Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City, Barclays Premier League 2013/2014

Chelsea have a relatively clean record at home to newly-promoted sides and this result was no different.

It could have been a result to forget, when The Bluebirds took the lead in bizarre fashion through David Luiz’s mistake, which allowed Jordan Mutch through.

The Blues equalised in what was equally a bizarre moment. Samuel Eto’o snatched the ball from Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall as it was being bounced and he then eventually found Eden Hazard to level the score.

Eto’o scored his second before Oscar and Hazard sealed the three points with further goals.

Chelsea 2-0 Hull City, Barclays Premier League 2013/2014

The long-anticipated wait for José Mourinho’s return was finally upon Stamford Bridge and the result did not disappoint.

The Blues could have taken an early lead but current manager Lampard had his penalty saved by Allan McGregor.

Mourinho’s Chelsea did however take the lead when former Blues player Kevin De Bruyne linked up with Oscar, with the latter poking the ball home.

Lampard did get his revenge. In what seemed to be a deja vu moment from the days of old, Mourinho watched on as the midfielder thumped his 30-yard free kick beyond McGregor to confirm the victory.

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United, Barclays Premier League 2012/2013

Victories over London rivals are always sweet but it was even more so for Lampard as he came up against his former club and was hunting down records.

It was The Blues legend who gave Chelsea the lead when Eden Hazard’s cross was met with a firm header from Lampard. In doing so, the stalwart scored his 200th goal for Chelsea and he would eventually become the club’s highest goalscorer of all time.

Hazard rounded off a fantastic individual performance when he added a second. After some brilliant link up play between the Belgian and Juan Mata, he drifted along the area before hammering a left-footed effort home.

By Darion Westwood

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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