Two first-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan saw the defending champions beat Leeds 2-1 at Etihad Stadium and extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.
Villa scored from its only shot on goal in the first half. But it was better in the second half and doubled its lead thanks to VAR. Jamaican wing Leon Bailey featured in both goals.
Leeds United sealed a first English Premier League win over error-prone Chelsea in seven attempts, dating back to 2000.