FM Stats Lab: Decisions, Decisons, Decisions

Welcome back to the FM Stats Lab. In our first post we covered how we set up our lab environment to give is as much control as possible over our variables, and we also dipped our toes into the statistical water by investigating what sort of impact the professionalism attribute can have on overall team performance. If you’ve not had a chance to read it you can find it here – spoiler alert though, professionalism can have a huge impact.

Our first post was a light introduction, and the statistics were kept on a leash, but now (for all you fellow nerds) we are going to delve a little bit deeper. If stats aren’t you thing that’s fine, you can still find out our headline results from each of our experiments and there’ll be a little glossary at the end of any statistical terms that get thrown around.

There have been some great suggestions in the comments so in this post we planned to cover two experiments:

  • The Impact of Decision Making
  • Physically, Mentally, or Technically good Strikers?

However we went down a stats rabbit hole with the investigation of Decision Making. One that had originally been looked at by another blogger back in FM18 with their original version of an FM Lab. So the striker based experiments will have to wait until next time…

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Dictate the Game Podcast 007 | Sarriball at Juventus and The Shadow Striker

Join Ryan, Eric, Guy, Ihor, and Luke for this week’s Dictate The Game Podcast!

We talk about Sarri at Juventus and what the crew thinks the Old Lady will look like this year. Not only that, but what will Chelsea look like next year including a new manager.

Plus, we talk Shadow Striker and how you can use the position in your FM19 save and make him the goal scoring machine he can be! Don’t miss the end when Luke talks about his new love for the Jonas Brothers!


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Striking from the Shadows: Shadow Striker FM19 Guide

Last year I started to cover the more exotic player roles that have been added to Football Manager series over the years. Some of the roles I highlighted, like Raumdeuter, Regista and Trequartista, have been the staples of the game for years. While Pressing Forward and Wide Targetman have only been added in the recent entries. In that respect the Shadow Striker role is not new. It was one of the original roles from 2013 when Football Manager did its biggest tactical revamp by getting rid of the old slider system and introducing the ubiquitous player roles and duties. So while it is a role that has been around for a while, I think it deserves to be celebrated for its shear usefulness. Unlike some of the other exotic roles, a Shadow Striker can be utilized in any tactical system and competition level in FM19. So what makes it such a universal attacking role?

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Sarriball at Juventus | The First Season

The Maurizio Sarri experiment at Chelsea did not last long, and now he has returned to the Serie A to have another crack at the Scudetto, but this time with Juventus.

If you’ve watched Sarri over the last few years, you know exactly what style of play he is going to bring. His 4-3-3 will be out in full force, and there is the potential for real magic at the Allianz Stadium next season.​

TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 20 (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)
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Hammer and Anvil -Guardiola Masterclass – Guide to Creating Overloads in FM19

There seem to exist many misconceptions out there about what exactly it means to overload in football and how to create overloads within football manager tactical engine. This article is meant to be an easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to successfully create overloads with any team and at any level. It does not present an exploit win-all plug-in tactic but it should hopefully make scoring goals, and winning, more consistent for your club.

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Wide players in FM19: How to harness them in your ball-hogging side

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Like watching your wingers bomb up and down the touchline, getting crosses in? Or your full-back beguiling the entire opposition, manoeuvring his way into the box unmarked? Well stop reading right here.

We’re looking for passing and moving, people. No player can move without passing first.

That’s how I developed this spectacular tactical system.

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Livin’ the Dream | FM19 Story | Start of the Season

Livin’ the Dream is the third and final installment following the journey of Mason Bradshaw’s football manager career. His most recent role was with Braintree Town FC, in the Vanarama South, where he managed to keep them up. He’s now down under managing Sydney FC, living on the harbour with his wife Sophie, and young daughter, April.

The start of the season is upon Mason – will he lead the club to the title – or will his perfect dream begin to crumble….?

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Dictate The Game Podcast 004 | Dynamo Project Fantanista Project Part 2 + Stansted FC Coach Mark Benterman

This week on the Dictate the Game Podcast we talk to Ihor Crusaderstar about his Dynamo Project article recreating the Porto Champions League winning tactic in 2004!

Plus, we’ll talk to non-league manager of Standsted FC Mark Benterman about how he got into coaching and what his philosophy is when it comes to setting up his side at Stansted.

Join Eric, Dom, Ihor, Ryan, and Luke for this week’s DtG Podcast on Apple iTunes and at the links below.


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Dynamo Project: Season 3 – Recreating Porto’s Dream Team of Underdog Heroes

2019 will likely always be know as the year of the Underdog. With Ajax’s fairy-tale Champions run, lovers of the beautiful game will have great moments to remember. Who can forget the time that we saw European lightweight Ajax thump Real Madrid’s Galacticos 4 goals to 1? For me the giant-killer stories of football’s Davids beating the game’s Goliaths are always the most satisfying to read about. It is even more rewarding to experience them yourself with your favourite club. Some of us stay hooked to our virtual hobby just to relive the joy of bringing continental glory to the underdog. I tend to devout a lot of time, devising tactics for such clubs. Lately I read a lot about Mourinho’s Porto, envisioning how I could apply Jose’s ideas to my own save. The following is the result of my musings. It is not only an attempt to recreate Porto’s 2004 Champions League winning tactic but also a continuation of my search for the next world-class player to wear the fabled #10, a fantasista for the new era!

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