One of the less popular UT formations. This formation is a variation of 3-5-2 where the wing players are more withdrawn in favour of one of the central midfielders being pushed further upfield into the playmaker position, the “number 10”.
|Pos||Att WR||Def WR||Important Attributes|
|CM | The 2 CM’s are crucial to this setup. They will have great options all around them so these two players are vital to the success of this formation. They need to be able to play a variety of passes and have good vision to be able to start attacks in numerous ways.|
Quick, short, sharp passing in terms of build-up play with an attacking focus in particular. Suitable for the games you are trying to win by keeping the ball in the middle and creating opportunities by your midfielders.
How to Use this Formation
By using this formation, you will play with 3 in the back allowing you a more technical game in the midfield. That’s why they keep the ball so well. As there are no CDM’s to cover the 3 CB’s, you should use CM’s with high defensive work rates so they can fill the gap between the defence and midfield when necessary.
How to Counter this Formation
There are two ways to overcome someone using this formation: Counter with pacey wingers but make sure they can cross well and you have a forward who has good finishing or Physical accuracy; or use one or two CDM to help contain the midfield. It’s fine if they have more possession, just catch them in the midfield and push the ball fast down the wing.
Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
4231, 433 (3), 41212, 451.