Which formation to use – Fifa 12 Ultimate Team – 4 at the back
Formations dictate how your team plays, some people will straight away know what they want, but some don’t. A lot of people will base formations around the players that they love, such using a 4-3-3 because they have a couple of cracking wingers. Or in another case the league or team you are building may not have many decent wingers so you may choose to use 4-3-1-2 etc. But sometimes choosing a formation because of a player or players can sometimes be a bad thing. All formations play differently, work rates of players will affect this. This article will try and give people more of an idea about how each formation plays and works. Also I will try to help to choose the formation that is right for you and your team.
In this first part I talk about formations with 4 at the back. There are 8 different formations with 4 at the back to choose from, I will go through each one with it strengths and benefits and my opinion of it.
The basic starting formation, which most people will use because it’s very simple.
Positives of the 4-4-2 is that it is generally very easy to play with, it definitely should be the choice for anyone just starting out on FUT.
Now personally I find there to be a few negatives with the 4-4-2 formation, firstly buying a player in 4-4-2 very expensive, only the 4-1-2-1-2 is more expensive. Also buying a consumable 4-4-2 card to change your players will formation set you back a few thousand. Another negative is the two strikers feel cut off from the rest of your team, The main problem is that that the LM and the RM do not support the strikers enough, they seem to leave them stranded in a lot of situations. This formations seems to force a lot of people just playing 1-2’s up the pitch with their strikers.
Personally i don’t like the formation but some people like it because of its easy accessibility. You should choose this formation if you like passing, if you like to keep the ball then this is perfect.
4-3-2-1 and 4-3-3
These two formations are perfect for wingers. They are nearly identical with the one difference, that being the position of your wingers. A lot of people don’t know which to choose out of the two but it really depends whether you prefer your wingers to play more conventional or more like two extra strikers. With 4-3-3, the wingers are slightly higher up the pitch but a lot wider, it plays better for people who prefer to get down the wings and cross it in. Compared to 4-3-2-1, the wingers are more narrow and closer to the striker, they still play on the wing but generally I find the formation better for people like to swap their wingers over to the other side and cut in. For example playing Gareth Bale on the right instead of the left, as he is a conventional left winger and is left footed but on the right so he can cut in shoot and score more goals. I find that the wingers in the 4-3-2-1 formation score the same or more goals than my striker, it just plays so well when you counter attack.
Both formations are common among people’s teams so a formation card will set you back 1k plus.
Personally I prefer the 4-3-2-1, but it’s all personal preference, but both these formation are perfect for wingers. You will see a lot of people using these two formations with premier league sides, with so many good wingers like Bale, Young, Nani, Mata ,Valencia etc.
This formation is people that prefer strikers to wingers. It obviously plays just then same as the 4-4-3 and the 4-3-2-1 apart from the front 3. This formation is best if you have 2 very good strikers and a centre forward. I really enjoy this formation, especially if the player you have at centre forward has good passing and shooting. I used this formation with a Seria A side, i used lots of players at centre forward but I felt Sneijder was the best. This is due to the fact that the centre forward gets a lot of time on the ball. This down to your two strikers making runs, which in turn makes your opponents centre backs track and mark your two strikers. This gives your centre forward a lot of time on the ball. So i found that someone like Sneijder with a fantastic long shot was so deadly given the time and space that the centre forward has. But if one of the centre back tries to close you down, Sneijder’s passing rating of 88 allows his to play some fantastic through balls for your on running strikers. But also having a striker at centre forward isn’t a bad thing as the front three to interchange positions regularly, meaning that the centre forward may need to pace as well .Again buying a player in this formation isn’t really expensive. Personally i like this formation a lot and i would defiantly recommend it.
Also known as the diamond formation. A very expensive but very good formation, arguably the best on UT. Generally the choice for a lot of people. If you come across a player with a very strong team you will usually see this formation. It is strong in all areas, having 4 at the back giving you the protection that you need. Then the midfield gives you a CDM just in front of the back 4, this gives you great extra protection for your defence. Players such as Yaya Toure or De Rossi are perfect in this role. Then you have width your LM and RM, and then a CAM, at the spearhead of the diamond. The CAM acts just like a Centre forward does, just sits a little deeper and links the midfield to the strikers. Great centre attacking midfielders such as Inestia or Modric are perfect for this role. Then obviously the two strikers to give you the best chance on scoring.
Only down side to this formation is the price of players in it or the consumables card. The card will cost you around 7k which is a really hefty price just to get a player in the formation. Also if you are looking to buy a team in the 4-1-2-1-2 formation then you will need to save up a lot because people will charge thousands more if the player they are selling are in this formation.
This is a more defensive formation that Real Madrid are known for playing with. Having two holding players (CDM’s) to protectthe back four, allowing more defensive solidity.
Positives of this formation are that is very defensively solid, so any of you that have trouble defending could use this formation. Now with this formation having 1 striker up front, you will need to pick wisely.
Now i straight away wanted to use this formation but then for some reason EA messed this formation up in my eyes. They obviously wanted to create a formation that was a little different. The wide players in this formation are CAM’s, not wingers, with the player behind the striker a centre forward. So if you choose to use this formation then I highly recommend a league with a lot of good CAM’s. You can play wide players in the wide CAM positions, but you will lose out on chemistry. Personally I recommend having CAM’s with a low defensive work rates and high attacking work rates, because otherwise they really aren’t that affective on the wing.
You could pick a big man to hold the ball up if you like to play long balls up and cross the ball. But then when on the break he won’t have enough pace to get away from the defence. Or you could pick a fast player who will be able to out run the defence and latch on to through balls easier, but again it’s all personal preference again buying a player in this formation is not expensive or buying a consumables card to change a players formation.
This formation is very similar to the 4-2-3-1 in the way that the wide players are CAM’s not LW or RW. Again it’s all about personal preference, if you prefer two players upfront then you should choose this formation over the 4-2-3-1. But again having CAM’s on the wing just doesn’t work for me, but some CAM’s are good enough to play on the wing. Obviously pace is very important on the wing so CAM’s such as Giovinco who plays in Seria A, who has around 90 pace fits the bill for this formation. Also players who have very good dribbling are good on the wing, so my pick would be a player like Nasri who plays for Man City. He has 84 pace, 88 dribbling, also 78 shot, and good passing. But really if you want to play a formation with wingers then choose one of the others. Again the price of a player in this formation is average and isn’t expensive.
This formation is great for winning midfield battles. It is definitely one of the best formations for keeping possession, the midfield 3 are set out a little different than you might think. You have one player at CDM then you two CAM’s further up the pitch. Having three players in the middle allows you to win the ball back a lot easier and keep it for longer.
You do have a LM and RM which give you good width but as I said earlier the LM and RM just don’t support your strikers enough.
This is a very solid formation, but personally there are better formations for scoring goals, but you should have no problem keeping possession with this side. Again price of this formation isn’t high it’s quite cheap.
Personally I like most of these formations, my favourite is the 4-3-2-1, or the 4-3-1-2. It really depends on whether I’m building a side with wingers or not. I just find these two formations the most effective out of all the formation with 4 at the back. I love the 4-3-2-1 just because of how attacking the wingers are, they score me so many goals. I would highly recommend these two formations not just because of the way they play but because of how much cheaper they are than the 4-1-2-1-2. If you have the money then 4-1-2-1-2 formation is the right way to go, it’s very expensive but is probably the best formation on Ultimate team.