The Canaries' boss readily concedes the club's 7-0 mauling in the north-west before Christmas was the most depressing point of an inconsistent campaign.
"There won't be too many who expect us to beat Manchester City. The ones I would hope feel differently are my players because we know what we are capable of," Hughton said.
"We will have a fantastic crowd and we have to give them something to get behind us. That will be our message to the players. We know it's a tall order and perhaps those games when no-one expects you to get anything can end up the most pleasing. We will give everything for that to happen. You need a majority of your players at their very best and you hope the opposition do not have one of their better days."