Villa face the reigning champions at the Etihad this Saturday.
"I think so, yeah," Hourihane said when asked if the pressure if off for the trip to the champions.
"I suppose you go into those two games, starting with City, high on confidence. We will see how it goes.
"The recent results have given us a lift. We were inexperienced, so to speak, at this level barring a couple of players.
"To get good results at this level is only going to breed confidence. Are City beatable? Why not? We will go into every game for the win.
"We have been very close to beating a couple of the top teams already, Arsenal and Spurs. Hopefully we can go one better."