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Thread: Counter Advice for 3N-2(DMC)-3W(ML-MC-MR)-2

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    Counter Advice for 3N-2(DMC)-3W(ML-MC-MR)-2

    Going to be facing an equal strength opponent who is playing the following formation:

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

    I am thinking going with the 3-2-2-2-1 butterfly. My wingers should have good looks against no wingbacks, and I have two defensive wingbacks to cover his ML/MR. Have more in the midfield to control, and his DMCs are kinda wasted.

    Any thoughts? Other options? I have a pretty flexible lineup and can generally adjust to new lineups pretty easily. Definitely prefer to attack down the flanks, but that is just personal preference.

    Thanks in advance!

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    That’s generally fine with your choice.

    For me, choice of my counter formation against the suggested opposition has a few influencing factors:
    1) if opposition STs are equal, better or weaker than our DCs
    2) if we have 1 or 2 very good wingers

    If opponent ST is a significant threat, then I would go for 4-4-1W-1, as the image below.
    Counter Advice for 3N-2(DMC)-3W(ML-MC-MR)-2-4-d1-f2-fdd-fce6-4-aa1-92-c9-3-db81-de7-e223.png

    It may be better to go with 4FN (with all defenders as a flat back-4 and all squeezed central, so to suffocate all space of the 2 STs), win the midfield with 4v3 and rely on a very good winger to take chances with ST occupying the closest DC at winger region.

    If opponent ST is just average and you have 2 excellent wingers, then I would go for 3N-4-2W-1. Similar concept, but has extra attacking threat from another flank too, at the expense of defence when it may be just enough with 3v2.

    All attacks should be on 1 flank or both flanks avoiding the middle when opponent has 2 DMCs.

    Best of luck with your match!
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    Thanks HeavansAAA! My opponent added several ringers, including an 8+ star striker. As such, I switched to the formation you suggested, content to play defensive and look for counters.

    Four minutes in, my best player and star striker took a knock and had to be replaced. Despite that, I scored a counter goal, one off a corner, and one from a free kick to secure 3 points in my league opener, 3-1.

    Appreciate the advice, thanks again!

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    Pleased with your win there, especially without your star player for most of the match! And you’re welcome!
    Winning is a form of art. Consistently winning is a show-hand of skills and luck.
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