The match yielded seven yellow cards as Villa maintained their recent solid home form against Chelsea who have won just once in their past 12 trips.
Nicolas Anelka was denied a late winner as his header bounced up and against the crossbar but the Blues were able to stay on top of the table as Villa moved to eighth.
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee: Lee Mason
Yellow cards: AV - Stephen Warnock 65’, Stephen Ireland 68’, Ciaran Clark 75’, Ashley Young 81’
CHE - Michael Essien 13’, John Terry 60’, Joshua McEachran 83’
Brad Friedel (gk), Richard Dunne (Clark 13’), James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Habib Beye, Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, Stephen Ireland (Sidwell 84’), Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, John Carew (Delfouneso 74’)
Petr Cech (gk), John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Paulo Ferreira (McEachran 76’), John Obi Mikel, Ramires (Bosingwa 76’), Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Gael Kakuta (Zhirkov 45’), Nicolas Anelka