Sunderland have tough-looking games against Everton, Leicester City, Arsenal and Chelsea still to play, but Hughton believes they will collect points from those fixtures.
He also thinks the likes of Hull City and Leicester will win some of their remaining games, meaning that he fears for the future of his old club, Newcastle.
"Irrespective of where they [Newcastle] are, they have got to get points because I’ve got no doubt that Sunderland, Hull and Leicester will get points so they have got to get points somewhere and those two homes games will prove pivotal," he said.
"They are in very, very bad form at the moment, the worst form they have had this season, going into the most important part of the season. It could come down to goal difference."
Newcastle are currently two points clear of the drop zone, but they are in the worst form of any team in the Premier League.
John Carver's side have lost their last eight league matches in a row and they have now been dragged into the heart of the relegation scrap.
The Tynesiders' remaining three games are against West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United, meaning that they have a friendly run-in on paper, but they will have to raise their current standards.
Newcastle have looked well off the pace recently and unless they start to show more determination this season could well end in disaster.