The Stoke City manager is wary that Manuel Pellegrini's side will have a point to prove in their upcoming fixture.
The Blues drew 1-1 with Hull City on Saturday, relying on a late James Milner free kick to come back from an earlier Hull opener.
That result saw them slip seven points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, having managed to catch up with Jose Mourinho’s team earlier in the season.
Now, manager Hughes has admitted that he is concerned the reigning champions will be keen to prove their doubters wrong, starting with the game against his side Stoke.
“It won’t be easy, Man City are a little bit of a wounded animal at the moment and have got a little bit of criticism for their home form,” he said.
The Welshman, who was replaced by Roberto Mancini as the City manager, is confident his side will be up for the game against Manuel Pellegrini’s side though, regardless of which one decides to turn up.
The Potters managed to secure a draw against Newcastle on Sunday courtesy of Peter Crouch’s impressive late header to continue a good run of form of late, despite the loss of star man Bojan in the FA Cup victory over Rochdale last month.
“We are playing really well at the moment and I am pleased with the form we are showing so we need to keep it going,” he added.
“We’re looking forward to it and it’s important that we keep our impressive run going.