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Hey guys, in this thread I will try to help those in need for tactics. I will explain one by one from the formations and explain their advantages and disadvantages. I might not be the "master of tactics", but I will try to do my best. Give advices for what's wrong in the tactical analysis.

 

This thread requires some time, so I will analysis a minimal of a formation a day. In the end, I will make a thread about all the tactics I wrote here. Feel free to comment:

 

1. 4-4-2 A

This formation is one of the oldest formation that still exist currently. Why? Because it holds the perfect balance in the squad with no gaps. It closes out players to make some plays. Although they could be outplayed in the middle with simply 3 midfielders in the middle to ruin their players from their real positions, this one is still the one to watch. One of the tactics that could be used in mixed attacking

 

Suggestion :

Tackling Style : Normal/Hard

Mentality : Normal

Passing style : Mixed

Attacking style : Mixed

Tempo : Normal/Slow

Pressing : Own half/All over

 

Advantages :

- Able to close out gaps

- Able to secure the wingers from attacking

- Good against Wing Backs

- Mixed formation that may cause distress against weaker opponents

 

Disadvantages :

- Can't be used fully for attacking

- Their midfielders can be outplayed

- Formation too default and can be defeated by custom formations

- Attackers may not get as much support as expected

- No Attacking midfielders that may cause gaps and one attacker should go on a false 9

 

Usually Weak Against:

- 4-5-1 A

- 4-5-1 B

- 4-2-3-1 B

- 3-4-3

- 5-4-1 A

- 3-5-2

 

Usually Strong Against :

- 4-4-2 B

- 4-3-1-2

- 4-2-4

- 4-1-3-2

- 3-2-2-1

- 5-4-1 B

- 5-2-3

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2. 4-4-2 B

A tactic that is evolved from an ordinary 4 midfielders in the center into a 4 man midfield spread. Not used much in real life, but could be a threat against some formations. I honestly don't like this formation that much, since it opens up that unwanted gap in the middle. It's striker is supported though, making it a triple threat which is from the center (the strongest force), the right, and the left.

 

Suggestions:

Tackling style : Normal/Hard

Mentality : Normal/Attacking

Passing style : Direct/Long ball

Attacking style : Through the middle/Down both flanks/Mixed

Tempo : Fast

Pressing : All over

 

Advantages :

- Supporting is not a problem in this formation as they could easily support tha back, as well as the front

- Formation is played wide off the pitch that causes a triple threat

- Ability for the playmaker to make some good plays

- Counter attacks could happen swiftly with a long ball, if the wingers are put on to go forward with the arrows

 

Disadvantages :

- Hollow in the middle could cause out some very bad expenses if the one-man midfielder is not selected properly

- Could get easily countered by too many formations

- Dependency on the midfielder

- Wingers are isolated and sometimes play real bad 

Usually Weak Against :

- 4-4-2 A

- 4-4-1-1

- 4-3-1-2

- 4-2-2-2

- 4-5-1 A

- 4-5-1 B

- 4-2-3-1 A

- 4-2-3-1 B

- 4-3-2-1

- 5-3-2 B

- 5-4-1 A

 

Usually  Strong Against :

- 4-1-3-2

- 4-3-3 A

- 3-1-3-3

- 3-4-2-1

- 3-4-1-2

- 3-4-3

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3. 4-4-2 C

Another tactic which is similar to the 3-1-3-3 with less striking force but more defensive markers. This tactic is also known as the "4-4-2 diamond" as the result of its diamond-looking midfield which might work at some particular cases.

 

Suggestions :

Tackling style :  Normal/Hard

Mentality : Defensive/Normal/Attacking

Passing style : Short/Mixed/Direct

Attacking style : Mixed/Through the middle

Tempo : Slow/Normal/Fast

Pressing : Own half/All over

 

Advantages :

- Gives much option to whether go for attacking, defensive or normal

- Provides some good passing down in the deep middle area

- Ability to outplay the defensive midfielders

- Could provide the strikers with some good passes down from the right and left midfield with direct passes

 

Disadvantages :

- Gaps between the 3 midfielders

- Could easily get destroyed by some wingers

- Unable to attack down the wings

- Midfielders will have a hard time supporting

 

Usually Weak Against :

- 4-1-3-2

- 4-2-3-1 A

- 4-2-3-1 B

- 4-3-3 B

- 3-1-3-3

- 3-2-2-2-1

 

Usually Strong Against :

- 4-4-2 B

- 4-2-4

- 4-2-2-2

- 4-3-3 A

- 3-3-4

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4. 4-4-1-1

This tactic is commonly used alongside 4-4-2, and is pretty well used. It provides the false 9 but offers less direct passes since the Striker have moved backwards, so it could be used alongside normal tempo. I used this tactic once or twice, but not a big fan of it.

 

Suggestions :

Tackling style : Normal

Mentality : Defensive/Normal/Attacking

Passing style : Slow/Long ball/Short

Attacking style : Mixed

Tempo : Slow/Normal

Pressing : All over

 

Advantages :

- Provides an attacking midfielder who is capable of going up himself

- Great for an all over pressing as it covers large area of the field

- No easy wingers can pass by

- Good counter tactic since the Attacking midfielder could go back a bit

- Strikers could be fed up easily if the central defenders of the enemy aren't good

 

Disadvantages :

- 3-man midfield could control the possession

- Striker is alone at some point causing himself to isolate himself at some cases

- No wingers, which means their opponents wing backs could go up at any time and cause an all out wing back counter attack

- Passive, no aggressiveness in this formation.

- Yup, the wingers are hanging by the midfield.

- Bad against higher rated team with good central backs

 

Usually Weak Against:

- 4-5-1 A

- 4-2-3-1 B

- 5-4-1 A

- 3-5-2

 

Usually Strong Against :

- 4-4-2 B

- 4-3-1-2

- 4-2-4

- 4-1-3-2

- 3-2-2-1

- 5-4-1 B

- 5-2-3

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