Top Eleven How To Win Against Any Formation Guide

Top Eleven How To Win Against Any Formation Guide by Adel Gamal

This a very important topic and always all managers in top eleven used to discus in; so because most of managers here didn’t add any topics related to this topic idea, I wanted to add an old topic as in the old forum of top eleven and try to discus here in expansion and details.

Also trying to find different formations and their strengths and weaknesses so let’s begin

4-4-2

4-4-2 is not a very strong formation on the game; it rules the midfield and defense but offers very little going forward.

To win against this classic formation and beat it you need to keep the midfield whilst being strong in attack, what I’d recommend is a 4-5-1 V formation with attacking arrows on the DMC to effectively turn him to a MC when you are attacking.

————-ST—————
AML———————AMR
———MC——-MC———
————-DMC (UP)———
DL—- —-DC–DC———DR

If you are losing add arrows to both sets of wingers to give you an extra edge.

Orders:
Mentality: Depends how many you want to win by, go for an attacking against weaker teams and vice verse for stronger.
Passing: Mixed
Pressing: Own half without offside trap, full pitch with fast defenders and offside trap.
The others do not really matter, just make sure your opponent has no AM when you do the offside or counter attack.

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4-3-3

This formation has a fatal flaw in the form of not having any wingers. To beat it, exploit this major weakness by focusing your attack on the flanks while defending your middle. Here’s a few examples of formations that do exactly that:

3-1-3-2-1
———-ST———-
AML————–AMR
—-MC–MC–MC—-
———DMC———
—-DC–DC–DC—–

4-1-4-1
—————-ST————–
———————————
ML (UP)–MC—-MC—-MR (UP)
————–DMC (UP)——-
DL (UP)–DC–DC——DR (UP)

3-3-2-2
——–ST—-ST—–
AML————–AMR
—-MC–MC–MC—-
———————–
—-DC–DC–DC—-

The exact formation is up to you, but keep this in mind:

a) Always attack the flanks with either ML/MR with red arrows or AML/AMR
b)Use at least 2 DC’s
c)Use at least 2 MC’s
d)The combined number of your Defenders+DMC’s+MC’s must be 6 or higher.
e) MC’s+ML/MR must be 4 or higher.

Tactics against 4-3-3.

4-3-3 is an attacking formation, so you can either play offside trap with very fast defenders while pressing the whole pitch, or a more defensive counter-attacking way while pressing your own half.

Most formations able to easily beat 4-3-3 will be heavy in the midfield, as such, use short passing if playing offensively and mixed passing when trying to counter attack.

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3-4-3

This midfield based attacking formation can prove devastating if left unchecked. Luckily you can use the formation’s momentum against it with counter attacks down the flanks or exploit the lack of DMC’s or DML/DMR’s to counter any AMC’s or AML/AMR’s of your own.

At any rate, when playing against 3-4-3 you should have more midfielders than the opponent, this can be achieved in many ways, some of which are explained below.

Defending and counter-attacking examples:
This work well with defensive or normal mentality, pressing your own half with mixed passing and force counter.

3-2-2-2-1 ( 5-2-2-1)
———ST———
AML————AMR
—–MC—–MC—-
DML————DMR
—-DC–DC–DC—-

Motivated 4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1)
———ST—-ST———
—————————–
ML(UP)–MC–MC–MR(UP)
—————————-
DL(UP)–DC–DC–DR(UP)

3-5-1-1
———–ST———–
———-AMC———-
ML–MC–MC–MC–MR
————————-
—–DC—DC—DC—–

Attacking formation examples:
This work well with attacking mentality, pressing the whole pitch and short passing.

4-3-2-1 Christamas tree
———-ST———
—–AMC—AMC—-
ML——MC——-MR
———————
DL—-DC–DC—-DR

4-3-2-1
———ST———-
AML————AMR
—-MC–MC–MC—
———————-
DL—-DC–DC—-DR

———–
3-5-2

3-5-2 has a few weaknesses, mainly; it’s lack of punch and weak wing defence. 5 midfielders mean a solid ball control, don’t expect to dominate the match, but since there aren’t any attacking midfielders, you can just as easily block their advance.

While there are many ways to defeat 3-5-2, I’ll explain 2 formations that will allow you to better understand the mechanics of how this can be done.

4-5-1 V-style (motivated)
An awesomely versatile formation that combined with a few arrows can be either attacking or defensive. In this case, you want to force an attack through the wings, so…

————-ST—————
AML———————AMR
———MC——-MC———
————-DMC (UP)———
DL (UP)—-DC–DC—-DR (UP

Motivated DL and DR’s block movement from the opponents ML and MR’s while also feeding passes to your AML and AMR. The 2 MC and motivated DMC block any centre movement.
On the attack your formation will effectively be:

———–ST————
AML—————–AMR
——MC–MC–MC—–
DML—————-DMR
———-DC–DC——–

That gives you 5 midfielders to block the opponent’s 5, and you have 2 attacking midfielders which have open access since he doesn’t have wing backs or fullbacks. On the defense, your formation will return to the basic 4-5-1 and still give you a solid coverage.

Mentality: Usually normal, but I recommend going defensive with hard tackling if the opponent’s team is better, and attacking if the opposite.
Force counter: Yes
Passing: mixed, through both flanks
Pressing: own half
Zonal marking

3-1-4-1-1

The main strong point of 3-5-2 is, obviously, a very hard to beat midfield. Fight fire with fire and use 6 midfielders against it. All while exploiting the lack of a DMC to counter an AMC.
——–ST——–
——-AMC——-
ML–MC–MC–MR
——-DMC——-
—DC–DC–DC—

This midfield heavy weight needs short passing in order to work so force counter doesn’t work very well with it. Instead, with fast DC’s, it can be used playing offside trap if you press the whole pitch. With normal or slow defenders, it’s better to neither play offside trap or force counter and just press your own half.

Mentality: Normal
Passing: Mixed short passes
Pressing: Either whole half with offside trap or own half without it.
Marking: Zonal

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4-5-1
I haven’t faced 4-5-1 flat often, but when I did I used the formation 3-5-2.

3-5-2 against the 4-5-1 flat would be best used with long passing with zonal marking. Attacking tactics should be focused on long balls. This requires a forward with good pace and speed.

4-5-1 is similar to the 4-5-1 V Style… 3-5-2 is also effective against the V style.

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5-3-2
How To Beat 5-3-2…
Hi, i wanted to help my friend ,Sam with this special thread…..Here we go…When you play against 5-3-2 you should use the a very attacking system like 3-1-3-1-2 (wide) and put red arrows on you dmc and red arrows on your 2 strikers ,on the one atm and red arrows on your two winger(left and right)…also good idea will be to switch you team mentality to hard attacking(well..based on you opponent’s players level) also id wan to beat 5-3-1 you should switch your pressing style to ”whole pitch”as you opponent with 5-3-2…will play defensive game football…also you should you switch you passing style to ” mixed passes” because the opponent will have a lot of DC/…so you should try to play with long balls and short passes…oh…and something final..try to hit him from the flanks.

——–ST——ST———
————AMC————-
ML———MC————MR
————DMC—————
——-DC–DC–DC————-

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4-5-1 V Style

4-5-1 V-style is one of the most versatile formations. It can easily become defensive or offensive with the change of a few arrows. A great jack of all trades, but it’s lack of defensive wingers can be exploited.

When playing against 4-5-1 V, you need to protect your flanks and attack the opponent’s. Forget about attacking the middle, it’s that simple. Keep in mind that 4-5-1 V-style is most often played with counter-attacking orders, so you don’t want to overdo your attacks. Use normal or defensive mentality and press your own half.

As always, when playing against a midfield formation, you need to have at least as many midfielders as the opponent.

Here’s a few examples:

4-3-2-1

This is 4-5-1 V-style’s brother. It takes advantage of not using a DMC who won’t be blocking an nonexistent AMC and vice verse. This translates into a more powerful midfield to feed passes to the forward players.

————–ST————-
AML——————-AMR
——MC—-MC—-MC—-
——————————
DL(UP)–DC–DC—DR(UP)

Motivated 4-5-1 flat.

While an unmotivated 4-5-1 flat would probably succumb to a 4-5-1 V-style, you can take advantage of that and make the opponent underestimate you. He’ll probably realize that his flanks are under constant attack after a few goals.

—————-ST——————
————————————-
ML(UP)–MC–MC–MC–MR(UP)
————————————-
DL(UP)—–DC—DC—–DR(UP)

3-2-2-2-1

While you don’t need more than 1 or 2 DC’s against 4-5-1 V, you don’t want to use an illegal formation. The extra DC acts as a sweeper, DML/DMR block the attacks from the flanks, and AML/AMR attack the soft flanks.

—————-ST—————
AML————————AMR
———–MC—–MC———–
DML————————DMR
—-DC(UP)DC(DOWN)DC(UP)-

3-2-3-2

DC-DC-DC
DML-DMR
MC-MC-MC
ST-ST

The 3-2-3-2 can be beaten by the 4-4-2 Classic. The 4-4-2 is not thought to be an ideal formation to use, however it is one of the most balanced formations in football.
Best used with normal mentality, down both flanks, short passing, zonal marking with normal tackling. No counterattack and no offside trap.

———–

4-1-3-2 Wide
4-1-3-2 Wide 3

DL-DC-DC-DR
DMC
ML-MC-MR
ST-ST

Countered by 3-2-2-2-1

DC-DC-DC
DML(UP)-DMR(UP) (If using DL/DR as DML/DMR, remove the red arrows)
MC-MC
AML-AMR (Red arrows if AML/AMR also play as strikers and you want some extra punch)
ST

Short passing, through the flanks, attacking mentality, zonal marking,
pressing whole pitch with offside trap.
OR
Own Half, counter attack, defensive, mixed passing

Other formations known to beat 4-1-3-2 Wide 3:

3-1-4-2 and 3-1-4-1-1 using normal mentality, zonal marking, own half, short passing, normal tackling, no counterattack and no offside trap.

————

4-2-2-2

DL–DC-DC–DR
—-MC-MC—-
AML——–AMR
——ST–ST—-
Some people however may change the MC-MC to a DMC-DMC, don’t worry too much about this as it will not effect the formations provided and would enhance your ball possession.

The 3-2-2-2-1 Butterfly is no longer effective vs the 4-2-2-2 Hexagon

4-5-1V Motivated

————-ST———–
AML—————-AMR
—–MC——–MC——-
——–DMC(UP)——–
DL(UP)—DC—DC—–DR(UP)

The 4-5-1V Style Motivated is also another option to use against the 4-2-2-2 formation.

———–

3-1-4-1-1

DC-DC-DC
DMC
ML-MC-MC-MR
AMC
ST

Countered by:

4-5-1V Style

Orders: defensive mentality, long passing, through the flanks, pressing own half,
force counterattack, zonal marking.

4-5-1 V Style Motivated

DL(Up)-DC-DC-DR(Up)
DMC
MC-MC
AML(Up)-AMR(Up)
ST

Orders: normal mentality, mixed passing, through the flanks, rest remains same.

——————-

4-1-2-1-2 Narrow Diamond

—-ST—-ST–
——AMC—-
—-MC–MC—
——DMC—–
DL-DC-DC-DR

The Narrow Diamond is a very effective attacking formation, however the vulnerability of this formation is the lack anything to protect the flanks.

A 4-5-1 V Style formation can take advantage of the flanks of the diamond with an AML and AMR as well as defend against the AMC by using a DMC.

4-5-1 V Style:

———ST——–
AML———AMR
—–MC–MC—
——DMC—–
DL-DC-DC-DR

Another variation on countering the narrow diamond would be by using the 4-3-2-1:

4-3-2-1

———ST——-
AML———AMR
—MC-MC-MC—
–DL-DC-DC-DR–

Although there is no DMC with the 4-3-2-1 it is still a very effective attacking formation to counter the Diamond with, mainly because of the strong middle as well as having attacking flanks.
If during the match you feel the AMC is taking advantage, then a simple (DOWN) arrow would be placed on the middle MC which in turn effectively would be turning this formation into a 4-5-1 V Style.

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4-3-2-1

——–ST———
AML———AMR
—MC-MC-MC—-
–DL-DC-DC-DR–

An excellent attacking formation and strong in wing attack..

Can be countered by:

3-2-3-2:

——-ST—ST—–
—-MC-MC-MC—
DML———DMR
—-DC-DC-DC—-

A logical choice formation to use against the 4-3-2-1.. 3 DC to block 1 lone striker, a DML and DMR to block attacks from the flanks coming from the AML and AMR, 3 midfield to keep control and 2 strikers to go for goal.

3-2-2-2-1:

ST
AML-AMR
MC-MC
DML-DMR
DC-DC-DC

Fight fire with fire, 3 DC again to block a lone striker.. DML and DMR to block the AML’s and AMR’s which can feed passes up your own AMLs and AMRs to take advantage of the lack of wing defence and one lone striker to go between the 2DC..

There is no such thing as the perfect formation, however you can look for areas exposed in certain formations and take advantage.

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110 Responses

  1. Bryte says:

    I have been gifted by nordeus with some code to retrieve certain gift as part of their birthday celebration, but I dnt really know how to retrieve those gift, can anyone help me out?

  2. Chirita Alin says:

    For beating 3-2-3-2, you said that is good 4-4-2. But how should i put the arrows? Down on the MR, ML, DR, DL is good ?

  3. Steve says:

    PLease help me beat
    3N-3CM-1AMC-3N

  4. harry says:

    how can i beat 3-1-4-2
    DC DC DC DMC 2MC RC LC 2ST????

  5. Diego Simone says:

    hi all..im using 4-5-1(Attacking)

    2-3-2-2-1 or 2-3-3-1-1

    st st

    aml amr amc

    mc mc mc-mc-mc

    dml dmc dmr dml dmc dmr

    dc dc dc dc

    gk gk

    this two style i always use,,then give me perfect formation to my team…offensive n defensive really do great job..for 3 season i use this formation..never bring me down..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is 3-2-1-3-1good?—–st—–
    Aml-amc-amr
    ——mc——
    –dmc–dmc–
    Dl—–dc—–dr
    Gk

  7. bLiaaax says:

    ST……ST
    AMC
    MC…..MC
    WBL….DMC….WBR
    DC…..DC

    *DMC plays as anchorman helping the 2 stoppers
    *one MC is a ball winning midfielder
    *the WBL/WBR play with attacking or defending mentality depending on the situation.

    try it… very funny formation and very rare havent seen anywhere in the web about it

  8. Blek says:

    I’m playing vs
    ———ST—ST—–
    ———–AMC-——-
    —-ML—————MR–
    ———–DMC——-
    —-DL-DC-DC-DR—

    how should my line-up be?

  9. mary says:

    Mick moran…
    Is the referee playing for u as well??
    Or maybe u play without a gk..??
    Double check and let us know…

  10. José says:

    Que me dicen de esta alineación?
    Dc Dc Dc
    Mc mc
    Amr amc aml
    St st

  11. Anonymous says:

    How to beat the 3-3-2-2?
    DC DC DC
    MC MC MC
    AMR AML
    ST ST

  12. Dbjoe says:

    Im in a 4-4-2 original with Arrows red on the wings .Hard attack p.own pitch Mixed on passes .offside trap.Will this work for a 3-2-3-2 : he is using 3mcs 2st.dmc.dl dr.2dc.?thzs.this the best soccer game ever rhey need to come up with not having to pay so much for scouts and all the players cost money and tokens .u can get the guy if I have the money behind the tokens?How is helping at all .other than that the game is addicting.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi,please someone tell me how can i beat this formqtion?
    4-0-3-1-2 ———-> —–st—–st——-
    ——-ACM———
    —Mc–Mc—Mc—-
    ———————-
    -DL—Dc—-Dc—-Dc

  14. How to Beat 2-3-2-1-2 says:

    Hello….

    How can i beat this….????

    _____DC_____DC_____
    __DMR___DMC____DML
    _____MC____MC______
    AMR_____________AML
    ______ST____ST______

  15. emilio says:

    how to win against

    ST
    AMC
    MC MC MC
    DMC
    DL DC DC DR
    GK

  16. how to beat 3-3-2-1-1 says:

    The opponet play:
    Gk
    Dc-dc-dc
    Dml-dmc-dmr
    Mc-mc
    Amc
    Str

  17. alexis says:

    I only win with 3-1-3-1-2 :) yesterday ive won with a guy 6-1 :)

  18. Gutted says:

    This does not work at all!!!!!

  19. Kimtuurbo says:

    Hi. How to beat 3-2-2-1-2??

    ———DC—DC—DC———–

    —DML———————–DMR-

    ———–MC—–MC————–

    —————AMC——————

    ———ST———–ST————

    He has won all his games but is weaker then me. He has 35,2 and i have 37,0.

    Any ideas?

  20. ali says:

    Guys I did 4-5-1 dl-dr-ml-mr is up arrow can I beat 4-1-3-2 or with which formation I can beat 4-1-3-2 please reply

  21. Franco says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HOW TO BEAT 4-1-4-1 . I need tacticts too.
    THANKS MY FRIENDS

  22. amukkazuya79 says:

    Hi u all…..
    I beat 442 nd then i lose 1-4 at home bcoz i use 352v style…..
    What orders n formations for beat 442 nd…?
    Have arrow in orders?
    Tqvm…..

  23. Rubel says:

    how to win 4-5-1& 3-2-3-2

  24. Jorge Gil says:

    Hi there! How can I counter this formation?

    – DC DC DC –
    DML- – DMR
    – – MC – –
    AML – – AMR
    – ST ST –

    Thanks ;-)

  25. Mike says:

    What souls I use against DL , DC , DC , DC , dr , mc , mc , aml , amr , st

  26. Nicky Bo Min Aung says:

    how can i beat this formation!!
    DL-DC-DC-DR
    2DMC
    2AMC
    2ST

  27. louis27 says:

    how do beat 4-1-3-1-1 in this formation
    RB CB CB LB
    CDM
    CM CM CM
    CAM
    ST

    I hope u can give me a formation today,
    cheers

  28. MICK MORAN says:

    HI HOW CAN I BEAT A DC DC DC DML DMC DMR MC MC ST ST THANKS

  29. Timmytom says:

    What about 3-2-4-1

  30. Farley says:

    Great hints and tips ;)

    used your advice on how to beat ……

    just used it to win me the cup :D

    Thanks guys 8)

  31. Peter says:

    Satria Metrah
    The reason you lost 0-4 is opponents team is alot stronger than yours 14pts quality higher you say his team is full of 5* players just to clarify for you scout players are 6*
    When I play against 4-4-2 I play 4-5-1 ( v) with blue arrows on dc’s and red arrows on dl dr aml amr
    Tactics defensive/own half/down both flanks/long balls zonal marking

  32. Anonymous says:

    how to beat 3-1-2-2-2 ??

  33. costas says:

    how to beat 3-1-2-2-2 ??

  34. kim says:

    How to win against 4-1-4-1 ?

    ————-ST————
    ——————————
    ML—MC——-MC—MR
    ————DMC———
    DL—-DC—–DC—DR

    Thanks,

  35. Satria Merah says:

    I use 4-5-1V against an opponent using 4-4-2 Classic but lose 0-4 even though I follow exactly as above. The only reason I can think of is my opponent is either token buying player or he’s using cheat code because we are in Level 3 but his average quality is already 35 and most of his players are 5* players. (he must bought alot of scout players the season before. My average quality is only 21. :'( My league is a 1 team league because of this opponent. He is undefeated and scoring goals like mad 48 against 1.

  36. Spice says:

    How would people attack this?
    GK
    DR DC DC DC DL
    MC MC
    AMC
    ST ST

    I’m thinking
    GK
    DR DC DC DL
    DMC
    MR ML
    AMC AMC
    ST

    Cheers

  37. HOW CAN I BEAT A DL DR DC MC AML AMC ARM ST ST ST 3 1 3 3

  38. moi59 says:

    bonjour,

    j’ai suivi ce qui est écrit et alors que j’ai une équipe à 136 et mon adversaire était à 131, j’ai perdu 4-0….

    donc fini je n’écoute plus ce qui est écrit !!!

  39. Tango says:

    How to counter this formation???

    ——-ST—–ST———
    ———–AMC———–
    ——-MC—MC———
    DML—————-DMR
    ——-DC-DC-DC——

    3-2-2-1-2

    Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance….I’m 6pts higher in quality.

  40. says:

    how to beat this tactic ?

    ——-ST-ST———-
    ————————–
    ——MC-MC———-
    ——–DMC———–
    DL-DC-DC-DC-DR

  41. rosyid says:

    how to win 3-1-3-1-2
    ST-ST
    AMC
    ML-MC-MR
    DMC
    DL-DC-DR

  42. sandro says:

    hi guys i need to know how to beat 4.3-2-1

    dr dc dc dr

    mr mc ml

    amc amc

    st

  43. moro says:

    plz anyone

    How to win against 4-1-4-1 ?

    ————-ST————
    ——————————
    ML—MC——-MC—MR
    ————DMC———
    DL—-DC—–DC—DR

    Thanks,

  44. YOYO says:

    any advice on beating this formation (3-1-4-2)?

    DC-DC-DC

    DMC

    MR-MC-MC-ML

    ST-ST

    player quality-wise pretty stable across entire team, same like mine….

    i usually play this formation akin to a 4-4-2 formation this season:

    DR-DC-DC-DL

    MC-MC

    AMR-AMR

    ST-ST

    I was thinking maybe a slight tweak into this formation in order to add more bite in midfield:

    DR-DC-DC-DL

    MC-MC

    AMR-AMC-AMR

    ST

    Your opinion pls?

  45. ARSENAL says:

    how to beat 4 1 3 1 1? please advise need know

  46. FC Latimo says:

    Hi,

    I’m confused of my next opponents tactic. Opponent is using:

    –DC-DC-DC–
    ——DMC——
    ML-MC-MC-MR
    ——-AMC——
    ——–ST——–

    He’s Weaker than my team and i’m currently using:
    –DC-DC-DC–
    DML——DMR
    —MC—MC—
    AML——AMR
    ——-ST——-

    My tactic:
    Pressing own half
    Team Spirit: Attacking
    Tackle: Hard
    Short Passing
    Using both flanks for passing

    Should i change my tactic? This is my next CUP-game best of 1/8.

    Can someone advice me?

  47. ravi says:

    which formation against
    3-3-2-1-1
    DC-DC-DC
    DMR-DMC-DML
    mc-mc
    amc
    str

  48. Conster93 says:

    how to beat 5-4-1 ??

  49. Robert says:

    How to beat DR____DC____DL
    MR____MC____ML
    AMC
    ST__ST__ST

  50. Pep says:

    Weakness of this strange formation
    _______ST______ST______

    _AML_____________________AMR

    __ML________MC_MC_________

    ____________________________

    _________DC_DC_DC________

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