The 4-2-3-1 is one of the most effective tactics within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team. This formation is used by a countless number of pro players and it's easy to see why. The formation provides the perfect balance between defence and attack, once you master the 4-2-3-1, the possibilities are endless.
So, in this blog, MuleFactory will be providing you with a guide on one of the most effective formations within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, the 4-2-3-1.
The 4-2-3-1 is one of the most effective formations in FIFA 21, however, that doesn't mean that you can glide to easy wins within the game. The 4-2-3-1 is the most used formation within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, the ways that you can use this formation are limitless, however, the 4-2-3-1 is very effective at keeping hold of the ball and defending any attack that your opponent throws your way.
The 4-2-3-1 offers a number of different play-styles and as a result, can be the ideal formation if you're looking for more wins within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.
As mentioned in our 4-1-2-1-2(2) Guide, Custom Tactics play a vital role in FIFA 21 and if you fail to utilise them, your opponents will be able to take advantage of this.
You must ensure that you set up 3 different sets of Custom Tactics. One for any time of the game, one when you want to hold onto a lead, and one to regain the lead. The 4-2-3-1 can offer a number of different ways to play FIFA 21, so you can stick with this formation and just change the Tactics and Instructions at different points of the game. In this guide however, we'll show you some general Tactics as a starting point and then you can expand from there.
Starting with your Defense Tactic, you'll ideally want to set your Defensive Style to Pressure on Heavy Touch. The reason for this is, that your Center Defensive Midfielders will play a vital role within this formation as you will use them to help regain possession of the ball in the middle of the pitch. Utilising this Defensive Style will allow your AI-controlled players to fight for the ball whilst you cut passing lanes with your Center Defensive Midfielders.
Set your Defensive Width to 5 and your Defensive Depth to 4. You can play around with these settings, however, these settings will allow you to defend efficiently.
Moving over to your Offense Tactic, you'll want to set your Offense Style to Fast Build-Up. Due to the nature of this formation, you can sometimes take a bit too long to move forward. Setting this Tactic to Fast Build Up will ensure that your players move forward as you regain possession from your opponent.
Set your Offense Width to 5 and your Players in Box to 5. Setting both of these to this number will allow you to be well-stocked in numbers when moving forward with the ball. We're committing 5 players forward by doing this which will enable you to score a lot of goals past your opponent. We set the Width of the team quite balanced to ensure that we remain in possession of the ball.
When choosing your players for this formation, you'll ideally want the best that you can afford, however, you should prioritise your budget on a top-tier Centre Defensive Midfielder who will act as your Ball Winning Midfielder, think someone like Kante, Sissoko, or Renato Sanches.
Your Center Attacking Midfielders should consist of high Pace Stat players as well as high Passing Stat players.
Finally, your sole striker should also have high Pace and Shooting stats.
When using this formation, you must set individual Instructions for your players. Instructions tell your players what to do when defending or attacking and are a crucial part of FIFA 21.
Similar to our 4-4-2 Tactic your backline will consist of a Goalkeeper and 4 Defenders, you'll want to leave your Goalkeeper's Instructions default. Likewise for your two Central Defenders.
Moving into your Left-Back and Right-Backs, you'll want to ensure that their Attacking Runs are set to Stay Back Whilst Attacking whilst all other Instructions are set to default.
In the Center Midfield positions, you'll want to change quite a few of your Instructions on both of these players. Choose one of these players, ideally a more defensive-minded player, and set the Attacking Support Stay Back Whilst Attacking and Defensive Position should be set to Cover Center as this player will help you regain possession of the ball when you lose possession.
Your other Center Midfield position will be occupied by a player who can play more as a Box-To-Box Midfielder, the only Instruction you'll want to set on this player is Cover Center.
For the other players in the midfield, you can leave this as default. Once you play with this formation, you'll be able to play around with these settings as you see fit.
Finally, your Striker should have their Support Runs and Interceptions set to default, whilst setting Attacking Runs to Get in Behind, and Defensive Support to be set to Stay Forward.
How To Use the 4-2-3-1 in FIFA 21
When playing with the 4-2-3-1, you should be looking to keep as much possession of the ball as you can whilst you also continue to move forward with your team once in possession. This formation flourishes when you keep possession of the ball whilst also spreading the ball to different players on your team. The aim of this formation is to keep possession of the ball and wait for your opponent to make a mistake when trying to retrieve the ball.
Utilising your wide Center Attacking Midfielders in this formation is also very effective. As we are opting for midfielders who have a high Pace Stat, using long through balls down the wings can cut your opponents open, once in behind you should look to use skill-moves to force your opponent into a mistake and get the ball into the box.
Overall, the 4-2-3-1 is a very effective formation when used correctly but you will need to invest in some of the best players to string more and more wins together. Make sure to check our site for the cheapest FIFA 20 coins.
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