Hughton appears to believe Roberto Martinez's side are capable of a repeat of their spring survival acts of recent seasons and thinks his team need to add to their current 38-point haul.
"I think it (safe total) will be more than that," Hughton said.
"When you look at these teams, they are capable of winning games. All the teams around are capable of winning games.
"The simple answer is I don't know, but I think it will certainly be around that 40-mark."