Wiseman's 3-4-1-2 Formation (click to enlarge) Player Roles: ---------CB---------- ---CB-----------CB--- ------DMF---DMF------ ---------AMF--------- --LMF------------RMF- ----------------SS--- --------CF----------- Team Strategy- Back Line (B) Offside Trap (B) Marking - 2 opposition players marked as explained below. Attacking Arrow set-up: (click to enlarge) Defensive Arrow set-up: (click to enlarge) Intro After another frustrating run of form at a recent Pro Evo 'sesh' I decided to investigate even further methods, tactics, hints and tips for my play, and concluded that really, a formation can win or lose me a match. SO, I began experimenting for the perfect formation, one would eventually suit all my needs. These are the philosophies behind my set-up: * I want to get loads of men forward for supporting attacks, making it easier to score and pass. * I know wing-play is effective in Pro Evo 6 so that should be a large factor. * I like to be able to boss the midfield, and especially love midfielders who bully the opposition like terriers in the middle of the park. * I don't like to waste too many players on defence. I want to have the minimum defenders without becoming exposed which would be catastrophic. The Explanation of Roles Defence: A three-man defence. One centre-back effectively dictates the defensive system, sweeping up loose ends and can play offsides if possible. He also keeps one eye on one of the strikers, as he loosely picks up the least offensive man in the opposition strikeforce (Set to 'Normal' man-mark), assuming you are faced with two CFs in the opposition. If the opposition plays with a CF and SS instead, then your centre-back marks the CF, and the defensive midfielder marks the SS as explained later. The other two provide immediate stoppers to the opposition cut-backs and wing-play, and also provide some width in the first stages of offensive play. These two side-backs can also man-mark wingers if necessary. Midfield: First lets look at the two defensive midfielders. Ideally, one of these is a centre-back who can also play in defensive midfield (e.g. Ledley King). This more defensive player stays in the back pocket of the main striking threat (Set this man to 'Aggressively' man-mark the biggest threat). The other defensive midfielder is there to add bulk to the midfield and help battle for the ball. When you first look at the formation as a whole you may be horrified by the sight of a seemingly exposed and leaky defence, but in-game you'll find these defensive midfielders (especially with one marking a striker) form a back five and even more players come back to support. Ahead of these two holding players, a 'Linking' player is used. His role is to be the pivot of attacks. When those two dogged defensive midfielders win the ball back, this man spreads the ball to the wingers, or ahead to the strikers, and adds numbers to the opposition box as he makes late runs. Overall he connects your teams passing. Finally you are blessed with width in the form of two wingers. These guys are pushed right to the edge of the pitch to hug the touchline, and you'll be amazed how much width and space they provide. They have freedom, because their defensive priorities and in-field play are already covered by defenders, so they just bomb down the wings. Attack A two-man strikeforce split into different roles. The secondary striker (SS) makes late, darting runs into the box and often follows up your centre-forward's shots on the keeper. He is also your ball-carrier through the middle as he drives into the box and down to the byline. The centre-forward holds up the play and brings others into the mix. He spearheads the attack, so as you bomb down the wings you have your centre-forward leading the line, accompanied by both the secondary striker and attacking playmaker, forming a lethal five-pronged attack. WHAT YOU'LL NOTICE....... ....loooooads of width and space to power into down the flanks. ....a compact defence, with many men crowding your penalty box which prevents easy cutbacks, and also makes it hard to break through the middle. ....half your team flooding forward in counter-attacking play. In Summary A compact defence with everyone getting behind the ball which makes it hard for the opponent to score. At the same time, everyone absolutely piles forward on attacks creating lots of width and passing opportunities. Give it a go! Feedback much appreciated!