FM19 Guide: How to defend with a high line

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It looks like you’ve got enough men back. The next thing you know, someone ends up ghosting behind your flabbergasted defence. Your first instinct is to blame your players, but the game’s animation often makes players look slower, or less alert, than they actually are.

Your next instinct might be to change your centre-backs; either in personnel or roles.

Nothing wrong with this at all. That said, without suitable protection, isolated centre-backs in a high line will always end up focusing primarily on the space behind them. To stop your enemies playing any football, the centre-backs must focus on keeping their positions! Continue reading

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Does Finishing Make a Difference in a Striker? | Football Manager Experiment

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As a manager, I always look for strikers with the highest finishing attribute and then assess their other attributes. However, I wonder what would happen if I created two identical players and only adjust their finishing attributes and see what the result is like.

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In my last article where I looked at age, which can be read here – Does Age Make a Difference in a Striker? | Football Manager Experiment. It was slightly difficult to create a conclusion on the statistics we discovered, so I have tried to adjust this experiment so we can create a replica in terms of findings.

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Inverted Wing-Backs in FM19: How to Utilise Your Silent Assassins.

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Inverted wing-backs: what’s the point?

Inverted wing-backs are often just seen as full-backs standing in central midfield. An excuse to pass sideways. An excuse to bring natural full-backs out of position. An excuse to play 20,000 bleeding passes for the sake of it!

However, believe it or not, using inverted wing-backs correctly can give your side an unrivalled attacking threat. If you’re still with me, I’ll try to explain how! Continue reading

Keeping an interest in your Football Manager Save | FM19 Guide

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It’s that time of year where people are looking forward to the release of the latest edition of Football Manager and slowly losing interest in their current saves. People are playing less and less. I have a few ideas and tips which could help you find that spark to your save again.

In this article I break down five different categories in which I find to be the biggest influences in terms of keeping that spark in your save, or finding a save that will give you that spark.

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Ipswich Town: Where did it go wrong?

When Mick McCarthy’s resignation as Ipswich Town boss was announced last season, the news was met with a sigh of relief. Despite an unlikely play-off place in 2015, many Ipswich fans felt that the football being played under McCarthy offered little in the way of imagination. In fact, between January and March of the 2017/18 season, fans witnessed a barren spell of form, having failed to score in over 8 hours of football. Continue reading

Making Moves: 5 Players To Watch After the Winter Update

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The January Window. 31 Days of to-ing and fro-ing in the football world. 31 days which can make or break a club’s season, and 31 days which have us all glued to our phones, waiting to see whether our own clubs will welcome any new faces. It all culminates in the inevitable question being asked of SI: “Where’s the Winter Update?”

Well, 19.3 is finally upon us, bringing some bug fixes (I think?) and the Winter Transfer Update with it. After a hectic January, we’ve picked out 10 players to keep an eye on after the Update, as they try to settle with their new clubs.

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