4123 is similar to 433 (3) but more attacking, since it has a CAM instead of a CM.
|Pos||Att WR||Def WR||Important Attributes|
|CAM | In this setup, the attacking midfielder is responsible for orchestrating the midfield and connecting it with the attack.|
A formation composed of four distinct lines, enabling possession play and triangulations, while also maintaining defensive solidity.
How to Use this Formation
The striker is backed by the midfielder for the team’s main offensive threat centrally. Offensive midfielders often cut inside, using their weaker foot for a direct goal threat. Swapping positions between striker and midfielder confuses defenders, opening space for wingers to attack behind.
The double pivot of midfielders supports play from behind and widens to aid in play switches. During transitions, one pivot might push forward for a counter-attack threat. They primarily remain central, linking defense and the four attackers
How to Counter this Formation
To counter a 4-2-1-3 formation, focus on outnumbering their central attacking midfielder with your own midfielders, press high to disrupt their build-up play, exploit the spaces on the wings left by their advanced full-backs, and consider using quick counter-attacks to catch their defensive lines unorganized.