Hello and welcome to my 4-2-3-1 (2) guide, i’ve been meaning to do something like this for the past couple years but my laziness always got the better of me. Oh well, new fut, new opportunities huh?
I consider myself a really good player (ego included) and have found this formation to be the most effective for the online division 1 competitive game, if you want to Buy FIFA 15 Coins play cups, this is not for you. I only play divisions.
Does it need an introduction? I would say no. Every single person that’s familiar with football is familiar with the 4-2-3-1 formation since it is one of the most popular formations of the modern game and one of the most balanced and difficult to break down while providing enough attacking outlets.
The defense is made up by a typical back four, 2 full backs and 2 centerbacks, nothing new here.
The fullbacks: I like to use attacking fullbacks on both sides, pace is recommended but not essential. You can get away with most around 70+ pace fullbacks if you are a capable defenders, I like a bit of height on them since they sometimes have to defend the occasional header, but it’s not as bad as FIFA 14. Make sure they have good passing stats and dribbling. you will find yourself using your fullbacks to kickstart attacks more often than not.
Recommended players: Clichy, Evra, Marcelo, Alaba, Alba, Baines, Alves, Maicon, Konko, piszscek, Juanfran.
Not much to say here, get the centerbacks with who you feel comfortable playing, I recommend a centerback with 75+ pace to deal with the Doumbias and Musa’s of this world, make sure that your CBs not only has pace but that he has actual good defensive stats. I’ve noticed stats do make a difference this year, specially when it comes to manual tackles and slides. Workrates depend on your style of play, I usually don’t mind workrates as long as the CB is good.
You can either use 2 juggernauts CBs ala Chiellini and Kompany or you can use ball playing CBs ala hummels and Pique or a mix of both. I personally have had the most success using at least 1 ball playing CB who can distribute the ball out of the back without misplacing passes, 75+ short passing is recommended.
Recommended CBs: Strong juggernaut CB type: Kompany, Chiellini, Mangala, Boateng, Pepe, Ogbonna, Sokratis, Santana, Naldo.
Ball playing CB: Hummels, Pique, Ramos, Thiago Silva, Mascherano, Koscielny, IF bonucci, David Luiz.
Now this is where it gets interesting, the 4-2-3-1-2 has IMO the most complete midfield out of all the formations, sure you lose 1 striker in comparison to 41212 and 352 but you’ll see that you’ll get a plethora of attacking options with such a midfield.
The midfield as you can see is distributed between 2 CDM, LM, RM and a CAM which provide both wide and central outlets as well as more than enough defensive cover in the form of 2 CDMS.
Center Defensive Midfielders
Here’s where your playstyle and what you want to achieve while playing comes into a play, this formation has 2 defensive midfielders which means you can accomodate players in this position that wouldn’t make the cut in 1 CDM formations, particularly the deep lying playmaker type of player and the complete midfielder with freedom to go up and down the pitch.
You basically have 3 options when it comes to your defensive mids.
Play with 2 destroyers: playing with 2 pure cdms will make you become a brickwall when defending, they will run, chase, tackle and get the ball back all game. Doing this will take away offensive bite but will provide extra defending power for those who don’t feel 100% confident with defending this year.
1 Destroyer + 1 deep lying playmaker: The destroyer needs to be fast, with High defensive workrates, strong and with a decent passing stat on him. He will more often than not have to double his effort when it comes to defending to allow the luxury of having a deep lying playmaker in the team.
Few FUT players can say that they use or have had a lot of success when it comes to using a deep lying playmaker who will most of the time be slow and not contribute a lot in the defending part of the game, however, when pulled right, it’s a thing of beauty. This formation was made for guys like Pirlo and Xavi who can thrive under the protection of a dedicated cdm and the space to operate with the ball. Pirlo specially is amazing and way better than in the last 2 UTs IMO. This is my favorite CDM combo.
1 dedicated cdm + 1 workhorse: Sorta like the 1st option, with the difference than you can move the ball forward quicker using your workhorse, usually a player with h/h workrates, decent pace and good passing stats who can move the ball forward effectively albeit not as good as a playmaker but that can make up for it with hard work. This combo is also very effective.
There’s also a 4th combination which is using a complete midfielder/workhorse + a deep lying playmaker, it’s also effective but you will have to be extra careful because your workhorse (vidal for example), will tend to move up the pitch, leaving you exposed or only with the deep lying playmaker as cover, however, It can work and I’ve had some success with it.