While my overall approach is generally the same, I fine-tune my game plan match-by-match depending on how my opponents set up, which is why I always take the time to have a look at their formation and starting eleven when they pop up on screen before kicking off a FUT match.
This is another formation that I face many times a day in online play. My tactic with this one is to focus my attacks through the centre of midfield, because I should be able to outnumber my opponents in that area if I’m using 4-2-3-1. So I try to get my CDMs to advance a bit more, often by using an attacking mentality, and I tend to bring my wide players infield towards space when they get the ball, rather than heading to the wings where they are likely to be marked man-for-man. Against the narrow versions of this tactic I do the exact opposite and play wide.
Generally I go for wide attacks against most of the 4-3-3 formations, as that seems to cause the most problems. The wide attacking players in a 4-3-3 aren’t usually great defensively so I try to get the ball to my wingers as quickly as possible, only heading inside if my opponent brings a central midfielder out to cover.
Five In Midfield?
If I’m facing a 4-5-1 player or someone mirroring the 4-2-3-1 I’m using then I play a more patient possession game. As we’ll be pretty evenly matched in terms of positioning, my game plan here is to move the ball around my team without rushing it, while keeping an eye out for spaces opening up. I think it takes a bit more work than when playing against a 3-5-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 because the spaces aren’t so obvious, but you can still create plenty of them with good possession play or well-timed, simple passing with pace.
As soon as the screen flashes up I scan all of the midfield and attacking positions to see who I’m up against, and the first place I look is at the striker or strikers.