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Goals Galore FM18 Tactic by Guru

This is an attacking 4-2-4 for FM 2018 that works best for teams that have decent/good midfielders. If that's your case & you enjoy offensive & beautiful plays, it's for you.

By on Nov 18, 2017   Nov 18, 2017   221690 views   21 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Tactics - Goals Galore FM18 Tactic by Guru


First and foremost, I must say that this is not supposed to be a "wonder tactic". Due to its build, this tactic might not work on some teams. It asks a lot of your midfielders & if they are not up for it, your whole squad might fall apart.
That being said, the approach of the tactic is my own. By that, I mean that it is build around the way I picture football and how I enjoy watching it. I don't mind taking 3 goals if I can score 5. This is the main reasoning behind it. It was made to create lots of chances from all around the pitch (basically, everyone but your two CD are part of the offensive plays. This makes it easier to score, but, obviously easier for you opponents to counter you. I enjoy that, but not everyone can sit watching his/her team shot 30 times to score one, and then see the opposition get their first chance on a corner counter & score it flawlessly. I don't mind that (it's been this way for somewhat 10 years already so I'm at peace with the way FM works now XD).

It is possible that some players get lots of yellows. As this mostly depends on the hidden "dirtiness" attribute, I suggest you to see for yourself how it goes, and tune down the Tackle setting of said players, if need be.

Match Prep

During your pre-season, you can do as follows.
I like having lots of friendlies (~10/12 - 2 per week) against weak teams.

Tactic training in pre-game during pre-season & then switch to attack routine.

If your team is doing fine in games, you can put less emphasis on match training, that way, your players (youngsters mostly), will improve faster.
On the same note, if your next game is up against a very strong opposition, don't hesitate to go full match training on defensive positioning, it will make things easier.


It happens often that the team is too open for counter in the second half. To avoid that, you can drop the D line a bit a the mentality to standard/counter.
I like to play on control regardless of who I'm up against, and I just adjust the D line. Usually, what works (for me !) when I'm up against a better team that gets the momentum going is to turn up a notch the defensive line & the pressing. That way you prevent them from playing the way they want to. So depending on how your game is going (you can see in the first 15/20 min), don't hesitate to change that. You can also alter your team tempo, if you see your players making too many mistakes by trying to play too quickly, just lower it a little bit.


There are few things to note for the players you might want to look for. As you will concede mostly from crosses, having a good Rushing Out Keeper is advised. Same goes for your CD, being strong in the air with decent anticipation/marking can make a huge difference. Also, note that I play with fast defenders so if yours are a bit slow, you might concede a lot of through balls. Keep that in mind (and if that's the case, lower the defensive line).
For the full backs, look for the likes of Gaya, Alba, etc. Them having "Runs with ball down X side" is a plus.

Your two CM are B2B. I prefer having complete players here (like Bakayoko, Fabinho, etc), but you can make it work with more defensive oriented players obviously. Try to keep him on support duty though. Kante, while not being very complete, is a monster in that position due to his high defensive stats & his huge activity.

I tend to prefer inverted foot IF, but the game proved me that it's not an absolute must have, as Lemar on the left wing is having an immense impact on the games. So I'll leave that up to you guys :)

For your IFs & F9, I like quick players that are technical. Obviously if you can get your hands on some fast striker that are good in the air, that's nice, but it's not a must have.


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Discussion: Goals Galore FM18 Tactic by Guru

21 comments have been posted so far.

  • Guru's avatar
    I'm glad you enjoy it :D
    An even better one is coming ♥
  • bluemoon78's avatar
    This tactic is very nice because I use thıs tactıc and I won a lot of cup. Etc: Champıons league, Europe Cup , Euro Super Cup and others. I try thıs tactic on Galatasaray, A. madrid, Juventus, PSG, Man Utd, B. Munıch I think everybody must use thıs tactic .. Good Enjoy ......
  • Guru's avatar
    Injury issue might come from training & squad managment. There are a lot of factors to take in for the Injs that's why I'm doing high intensity tactics because I can lower other factors in the same time (don't play players below 92/91% condition, try to have everyone in shape, etc).
    There's also the training that I keep in the low/medium areas & not higher.
    I'm getting injuries, sometimes a lot at once, but overall at the end of the season, I end up below the expectations of 30-60% usually.
  • Thomasg12's avatar
    So I love this tactic to bits, but the only problem is that I'm getting a lot of injuries at once (like 6). How do I prevent this from happening in the future?
  • Marck's avatar
    I start a new save with arsenal will use this tactic with them
  • Guru's avatar
    Yes Martins, keep him as a F9 :)
    @nilegoF > No I don't ^^
  • nilegoF's avatar
    Do you use any instructions on the opponents? (I think its called that in english)
  • MartinsenSM's avatar
    You would still use the lone striker as a f9?
  • Guru's avatar
    It's definitely possible. Probably playing a Support AMC or Shadow Striker, but I don't know if you'll find the same kind of success with it ^^
  • MartinsenSM's avatar
    Do you think its possible to make this into a 4231? cheers
  • Guru's avatar
    Haha, I take it you enjoy it monkey :p

    Makes me glad then :)
  • monkeyhatesbanana's avatar
    god bless u GURU!!
  • Guru's avatar
    Great results so far indeed :D
    I hope it goes like this until the end of the season dude !
  • Marck's avatar
  • Thomasg12's avatar
    Update: My Arsenal Side won the Premier League by 4 points and the FA Cup. This tactic is amazing!
  • Guru's avatar
    fast is relative. It all depends on who you're playing. I can say 15 is fast to me, but if you're playing in 5th division, that's like superman fast so it's not really relevant :p
    But ye, to face through balls, having defenders able to pick up the pace of the opponents strikers is arguably the best way to go about it in this tactic ^^
    (For Napoli, Zouma-fast is good XD)
  • Svelo78's avatar
    You mention fast defenders - what's considered fast? My two centre backs are at 14 and 16 pace (12 & 11 accel) - and my wingbacks are at 16 & 15 pace - still concede mostly on through balls. Otherwise my Napoli side is crushing the opponents, just a bit frustrating watching them goals conceded. Good tactic, love the high percentage of goals from inside the penalty box.
  • Guru's avatar
    Thx a lot for the comment Thomas, seeing people enjoying the tactic means a lot ♥
  • Thomasg12's avatar
    Best Tactic in Fm18 so far! Fired my Arsenal side from 8th to 2nd, below first on gd (by 1 goal!). Very highly recommend!
  • Guru's avatar
    Nope, no OI involved :)
  • henkyh's avatar
    do you use OI?
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