This is a huge match for both sides with Stoke currently 17th in the Premier League table and Villa two points and one place below them.
In short, whoever wins this game is going to get a very timely boost while the losers will see additional pressure heaped on them, and Hughes has identified one Villa player in particular as a man his defenders must do everything in their power to contain.
“They’re a good team on paper,” Hughes said of Villa. “There’s a lot of talent and a lot of pace. (Rudy) Gestede gives them an aerial threat, too.”
Gestede has been one of Villa’s most effective signings since arriving at the club from Blackburn Rovers during the summer, and his new teammates are discovering just how good he is when they deliver balls into the box.
The 26-year-old has already scored four goals in eight appearances for Villa this season and finished last weekend with a brace against Liverpool.
That may not have been enough to prevent a defeat but he is making quite a name for himself in the top flight and Stoke’s defenders will have to be on their toes for the full 90 minutes to keep him frustrated.