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West Ham 4-1-2-3 // Attacking FM20 Tactic

An attacking 4123 tactic for FM2020 which I created with West Ham in a recent network save.

By on Mar 07, 2020   19170 views   8 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - West Ham 4-1-2-3 // Attacking FM20 Tactic
West Ham 4123

First off, I'd like to apologise for the lack of screenshots with this tactic as it was used in a network save and I don't have access to it unless the game host is online. However I will try to give as much detail as I possibly can and hopefully you guys can test it out.

This is my first post/submission though I have been playing Football Manager since the franchise was called Championship Manager. Never thought to upload any tactics I made until this one because the people in my network save accused me of using a downloaded tactic (Forbidden to use them in this save) as I was doing so well with West Ham. We were in early January as I'd just beaten Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final first leg and was sitting 3rd in the Premiership. I figure if people are going to accuse me of using a download tactic then it must be good enough to actually be a downloadable tactic.

The formation and roles are pretty much suited to the squad West Ham have in the latest update.

GK - SK (Support) - Fabianski
DL & DR - WB (Support) - Masuaku & Fredericks
CB - CD (Defend) - Diop & Cardoso (I originally had Balbuena here but he got injured and Cardoso played better. I never bothered to change to BPD as he still played really well in this role)
DM - DLP (Defend) - Rice
MCL - Mezzala (Support) - Fornals (He will do ok here but I was looking to replace him with Szoboszlai as soon as possible)
MCR - BBM (Support) - Noble (Look to replace as soon as you can. I was looking at Guendouzi if I could ever pull it off)
AML - IW (Attack) - Felipe Anderson
AMR - IF (Attack) - Yarmolenko
ST - AF (Attack) - I bought Gouiri here though Haller will do ok. He always played well when he got games but I stuck with Gouiri for development reasons even though he wasn't banging in the goals.

Make sure to put your AML & AMR as your corner takers.

I don't know how much control people like to have but I'm pretty hands on, at the least I'd suggest setting individiual training yourself and training the players in whichever role they are going to play in (Noble as BBM etc.)

Like I said, I can't provide screenshots of results but it started fairly slow grinding out results and getting a few 0-0 games. Once the tactic familiarity filled out the results rolled in. I beat Spurs 1-0, came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Arsenal, beat Liverpool 2-0 twice both games at Anfield and drew 0-0 with Man City. We sat 3rd in the league and thats when everyone said I was using a downloadable tactic.

If you are losing a game change mentality to Very Attacking, adjust Instructions to be more direct, GK to distribute quickly and put the WBs on Attack. Won't work everytime but it will save you some games.

Any questions I'll be happy to answer. Interested to hear what people think about my tactic.


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Discussion: West Ham 4-1-2-3 // Attacking FM20 Tactic

8 comments have been posted so far.

  • huey84uk's avatar
    @BruceL33t yeah that's what I've tended to do as well, i'm really enjoying using it and I think once I get the right players in the system will work consistently well for me
  • BruceL33t's avatar
    huey84uk - No dude. I just adjust intructions mid-game, depending on how the game is going
  • tgooders's avatar
    Hi, I'm also playing as West Ham so interested in this tactic. I'm playing on Switch so can't download it. Could you put up the team instructions and any individual instructions please. Thanks in advance.
  • baggos099's avatar
    my friend your tactic work very good .....nice job!!!!!!
  • huey84uk's avatar
    I've just started using this tactic, I am enjoying but I was wondering if you applied any different instructions in away games or against the big 6 teams in the league?
  • JCunha's avatar
    BruceL33t , bro this tactic is amazing, I created a new save in the new version with Braga and apart from Porto and Benfica that are too strong, I absolutely dominated the rest, even beat Porto and Sporting at their home and beat Benfica in the super cup, I absolutely recommend it, so good, really great work
  • BruceL33t's avatar
    Jcuhna - Let me know how it goes bud
  • JCunha's avatar
    I will try it out with Lyon :D
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