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Ulsan Hyundai v Seoul E-Land FC: Preview

Kim Young-Kwang returns to the Ulsan Munsu Stadium for the first time as a Seoul E-Land player this week. (Nov. 9, 2012 - Source: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Kim Young-kwang will return to his old stomping ground on Wednesday night as his (and Korea's) new team take old his old mates of Ulsan Hyundai at the Munsu Stadium in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

The game sees 3rd in the K-League Classic take on second-bottom in the K-League Challenge so the result for many will be seen as a foregone conclusion but the likelihood is that the match will be a closer one than the relative league placings might suggest. Both teams have picked up an inordinate amount of draws this season with nine of the 13 games that both sides have played in league competition so far ending level. Lucky for us then that this one has to be played to a finish.

If it did come down to the dreaded penalty shoot-out then you probably couldn't ask for two better keepers to be pitted against each other. Kim Seung-gyu has firmly established himself as Korea's top goalie thanks to a string of good performances for Ulsan while Kim Young-kwang has been a standout between the sticks for Seoul E-Land thus far (and not just because of his leopard print shirts in a variety of shocking colours)

All eyes then are likely to be on the respective goalies thanks to the history between them but it may well be that the tie is more likely to be decided at the other end. It remains to be seen just how seriously Ulsan coach Yoon Jong-hwan will take the FA Cup and whether big names like Kim Shin-wook and Server Djeparov will play for all, part or none of the match. If they do start then they'll be a tough challenge for Seoul E-Land's defence.

For Seoul E-Land the question will be what combination of strikers manager Martin Rennie decides to go with in the game. Imports Ryan Johnson and Bobby Cullen have yet to find the net while local boy Lee Jae-an has had a stuttering start to his time at the club - thanks mostly to being sent off for timewasting in his first league start. Only Joo Min-kyu has proved to be much of a goal threat for Rennie's side so far this year.

He does have one joker left to play though. Brazilian goal machine Edison Tarabai has made only two fleeting substitute appearances so far in the blue and black spots and looks like he could offer something completely different up front for the Challenge side. His 64 goals in 93 games for Maltese side Hibernians certainly suggest he knows where the net is and if he is ready to be unleashed on Ulsan then he might just provide a shock.

If he did then it would certainly be quite a way to announce his arrival to the K-League and might just be the trigger than Seoul E-Land need to spark their stuttering season into life.

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