Hughton will hope Sunderland will do his side a massive favour tonight in order to avoid his Canaries escaping out the Premier League exit door.Norwich City have three games left to maintain their Premier League status after losing a strong tussle with Stoke City at the weekend.

The Canaries have 38 points, with both Sunderland and Newcastle on 37 points and Aston Villa three-points further back just outside the drop zone. Wigan stare relegation in the face with 32 points, after QPR and Reading got the dreaded 'R' next to their names on Sunday.

Tonight's game between the Villains and Black Cats at Villa Park will make edgy viewing for the East Anglican yellow and green army, with the Canaries remaining fixtures coming against Paul Lambert's side, West Brom and Manchester City.

If Aston Villa get a result tonight against Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland side, it will make grim reading for Chris Hughton's team as they host the young clarets in their next fixture.

Norwich were on the end 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke at the weekend after a well-taken finish from Charlie Adam, with the Scotsman's cushioned header past the defence and shot under keeper Mark Bunn earning the three points for Tony Pulis. Norwich were lucky Peter Crouch didn't have his large scoring boots on, as he air kicked another great chance as the onion bag gaped.  

Chris Hughton said to BBC Sport: "We were in good form coming into the game, but we came up against a Stoke side that were back to their most direct.

"I thought we dealt with that very well, but we didn't do enough to win the game. We've got two home games now, which I'd like to think helps. But it's a nervy part of the season."

Hughton will hope Sunderland will do his side a massive favour tonight in order to avoid his Canaries escaping out the Premier League exit door.

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