4-4-2 is one of the most played formations in EAFC 24, but is it really worth the hype? Apart from that, If almost everyone uses 4-3-3, it’s probably easy to play against since it’s so common, right? Wrong! 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 has a ton of minor elements you could change to make your team more dynamic with better instructions for the AI teammates. You could randomize the player movements and execute both the formations in a much more effective way compared to traditional tactics.
Player instructions and tactics can be tinkered around with and improved upon to increase the overall quality of the team. Of course, for certain players with specific traits, you might not need to make these changes to the tactics; instead, cater to the traits of that player. But if you are new to the game or if you’re simply looking out for the best tactics for specific formations, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be talking about the best tactics for the 4-4-2 formation and 4-3-3 formation, both of which are probably the most used formations in the game.
Formation Tactics for 4-4-2
Defensive Style: Balanced
Width (WID): 40
Buildup Play: Balanced
Chance Creation: Balanced
Players in the Box: 6
Free Kicks: 1
As far as player instructions are concerned, make sure you don’t make as many changes to the back. Set both center backs to stay back while attacking. For the fullbacks, most players tend to set the attacking runs feature to “balanced attack.” Instead of doing that, it’s ideal to set one of the fullbacks to “stay back while attacking” to ensure a solid defense throughout the game.
For both the wingers, leave the instructions as instructed to come back in defense, free roam, and come short.
For the right striker, set the instruction to Stay Central, Get in Behind, Stay Forward.
Left striker instructions should be set to False 9, Stay Forward.
Using these tactics, you ideally don’t have to bother about positional disadvantages and are best suited to players who want to focus more on the gameplay and not so much on the tactics. The mentioned instructions allow you to open a wide set of opportunities, and learning how players move with and without the ball is all you need to know.
Formation & Player Tactics for 4-3-3
These tactics are best suited for counter-attacking football, and because of that, it is crucial for one of the central midfielders to have high defensive attributes. Players like Zidane and Griezmann would be the ideal choices for the CAM role, while wingers like Salah and Arsenal’s Martinelli would also fit well into this tactic.
Central Attacking Midfielder
Both Central Midfielders
For the defenders, it’s best to set one of the wing-backs to Wing Overlap and the other to Stay Back. For the defenders, it’s best to leave them untouched as the rest of the team is set to develop on the counterattacks while both center backs focus on dealing with defensive duties.
These 4-3-3 tactics are aimed at fast counterattacking goals. Hence, get ready to be aggressive with your central midfielder in winning those early tackles, and make sure you try to play the ball to your front three or CAM as soon as you get possession. The front three along with the CAM can fully exploit all major formations with these tactics. Most importantly, speedy wingers are the ones that are going to win you matches on a regular basis.