On the list of most common formations observed this decade, the 4-2-3-1 Wide is possibly probably the most balanced system going. A conventional back four is shielded by two defensive midfielders using a quantity ten flanked by two wide men. The attacking midfielder is the key and to offer him as much effect is possible, and you might adjust their positioning freedom to absolutely free roam on the instructions tab. More FIFA 20 Formations Click here
FIFA Expert's Recommended work rates:
Right Back – Medium Attacking / High Defensive
Left Back – Medium Attacking / High Defensive
Right CB – Low Attacking / High Defensive
Left CB – Low Attacking / High Defensive
Right CDM – Low Attacking / Medium Defensive
Left CDM – Low Attacking / Medium Defensive
Right Mid – High Attacking / Medium Defensive
Left Mid – High Attacking / Medium Defensive
CAM – High Attacking / Low Defensive
Striker - High Attacking / Low Defensive
Strengths: This adaptation of the 4-2-3-1 allows the use of more full players to add a bit more width and we prefer this set-up to the regular formation as we feel it's a bit too compact in the attacking third. The deeper lying CAM (rather than the CF) allows you to create plenty of chances and if you have two creative, dynamic more comprehensive players in here, you're going to be a real menace to any opposition. 2 CDM's means you have plenty of cover at the back (providing they have decent work rates, ideally high defensive and no more than medium attacking). The CAM and wide players give the side more crucial width meaning you can still play with a target man up front. The CAM should be a player with an eye for goal, good long shots as well as a great touch, vision and creativity. 2 CDM's mean that the full-backs with High attacking WR's can push forward more and give an overlap option to the RM and LM. This increases the number of crosses you get in but be wary of tiredness affecting your full-backs if you intend on playing this way.
Weaknesses: The apparent downside to this set-up only has the one ST. The vast areas are a problem area if you don't have a high work rate attacking wide midfielders. This is not as weak as we feel the other version of the 4-2-3-1 is.
Key player/position: The CDM's and the ST. The two CDM's need to keep the ball moving and protect the back 4. It's also crucial to have an active, fast ST who is capable of playing the lone role.
Most suited style of play: Medium to short passing style. Use a free-form style of play to allow the CAM, RM and LM players, behind the striker, to see the ball in as many dangerous areas as possible.