Villa's capitulation at Stamford Bridge was arguably the lowest point of a difficult campaign as they battled relegation and suffered three bruising defeats around the Christmas period.
That loss at Stamford Bridge was followed by a 4-0 home battering by Tottenham and a worrying 3-0 defeat by Wigan at Villa Park, leaving Villa among the favourites to go down before a resurgence eventually pulled them to safety.
Lambert heads to Stamford Bridge with far more reasons for optimism this time, however, not least following his side's impressive 3-1 win away to Arsenal in Saturday's opening fixture.
The Scot said: "Saturday has gone and you have to look to the one coming up against Chelsea, who are probably one of the favourites to win the title.
"We'll give it a go, like we did on Saturday. All you can ask is that we go down and give a good account of ourselves.
"It's hard to get results against these teams at the best of times but when you're doing it back to back, against Arsenal and Chelsea, it makes it even harder.
"But they're ready for it, confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal and we'll go down there and give it a right go."
Lambert is not dwelling on their harrowing visit to Chelsea last year but knows they can go some way to making up for it this time around.
"We owe it to ourselves as well to go down there and try to do better," he said.
"Our crowd have been absolutely brilliant. Even after that game they never turned on the lads. That speaks volumes for the supporters.
"Even though the fans were hurt and everybody at the football club was hurt, the supporters were a major catalyst in helping us last year.
"But I don't think about it (the 8-0 defeat) to be honest. I don't look back on it. It's a new season and there are a lot of new lads in the side.
"Chelsea have got a new manager and some new players so it's two totally different teams."