It has taken millions of pounds to turn Chelsea into the most powerful force in English football. Yet all it took to turn this contest was a pay-out from a 'hole-in-the-wall'.
In fact it was a rather costly hole in Aston Villa's defensive wall, which cancelled out Luke Moore's shock strike 60 seconds earlier and through which, courtesy of Frank Lampard's dead ball double, Chelsea clambered somewhat untidily to maintain their 100 per cent record.
For one whole minute, Villa looked capable of confounding the pundits by doing more than simply become the first team to score against Chelsea this season.
After taking all that Jose Mourinho's men could throw at them before the break, Villa were thrust into the dreamland of all three points when Moore put his side ahead with an excellent solo goal.
With little more than a minute to go to the half-time whistle, an interval lead would have been a massive psychological advantage. But, in terms of that extra degree of professionalism which transforms teams from being European also-rans into potential Champions League contenders, Villa were again found wanting.
Gareth Barry was harshly adjudged to have fouled one of Chelsea's two over artistic Africans Michael Essien just outside the penalty area. And Lampard's 20-yard free-kick found the gap where Juan Pablo Angel had been standing.
For reasons known only to him, the South American decided to salsa his way a couple of paces to the left just as Lampard was preparing to shoot. And, to the utter frustration of the Villa bench who had bounced off their bench to celebrate like lunatics just a minute earlier, the Chelsea midfielder's far from cleanly struck, low shot trundled all the way to the back of Thomas Sorensen's net.
Even then, such was their hard-work, Villa came within 15 minutes of being the first team to take a point off Chelsea since the final day of last season.
But another graceless plummet, this time from substitute Didier Drogba inside the penalty area under the close attentions of Villa skipper Olof Mellberg, was enough to tempt referee Barry Knight into giving a penalty.
And, although Sorensen went close to repeating last week's spot-kick save against Tottenham Hotspur, the reliable Lampard this time struck it properly to find the bottom left corner.
In front of Stamford Bridge's largest crowd in almost 20 years, that was enough to earn Chelsea another record, their seventh successive league win beating Newcastle United's previous Premiership best start of six, set 11 seasons ago.
But that is still short of the top flight's all-time best start of 11 straight wins set by Spurs way back in their doublewinning season of 1960-61, not to mention English league football's overall record achieved by Reading when they won their first 13 games in 1985. And it should not be forgotten either that pacesetters do not always keep going to the tape.
Take the Arsenal team who everyone was drooling over just a year ago, as they led the Premiership, stretching their previous season's undefeated record to 49 league games.
Desperate pundits asked could they ever be beaten. Yet, by season's end, they were only runners-up, 12 points shy of champions Chelsea.
The biggest encouragement to the rest of the Premiership, however, was that Villa scored. By proving that Chelsea are not impenetrable, Villa have thereby shown they must be beatable too, on another day when the breaks do not all go their way.
Of course Chelsea are a very good side. And they have a very fine man manager in Mourinho. But, for all the cash Roman Abramovich has spent, Chelsea can still only pick 11 players every week.
Villa were, it should not be forgotten, without both their first choice strikers in the shape of Milan Baros and Kevin Phillips.
And, despite manager David O'Leary's brave decision to still play two men up front, they still only managed just three shots at goal to Chelsea's 18.
Apart from a half volley that Angel pulled wide after it fell nicely for him on the edge of the box, Villa managed just two shots on target.
One was from James Milner, curled over the wall but with nowhere near enough pace and bend to beat a keeper of Petr Cech's class.
The other was Moore's stunner of a goal. Real 'Route One' stuff, it was, straight from the boot of Sorensen, via Angel's head, before Moore turned John Terry, saw off the attentions of two more defenders to fire home from a narrow angle and through the hands of Cech.
At least Moore's goal earned £10,000 for a local charity from a publicity-seeking national newspaper, who had put up the readies on behalf of the first player to score against Chelsea this season.
A generous gesture, but the same paper showed their true colours elsewhere in the same edition. In a pre-match interview, Northern Ireland international Steve Davis was reminded that he had been on the winning side against Lampard and England 17 days earlier.
His response was suitably modest. A shy smile, followed by a few platitudes about how good a player Chelsea's vice captain is. Yet, above the story, read the inflammatory headline DAVIS: I'LL SNUFF OUT LAMP AGAIN.
A man like Lampard probably needs no extra motivation but, such a distortion of Davis's words did Villa no favours.