One of the biggest complaints this year about FIFA 17 is not being able to score goals and finish opportunities. With the addition of the new Driven Shot mechanics, this guide will help you finish your chances in the opposition’s third and enable you to win FIFA 17 matches!
How To Win FIFA 17 Matches
What Formation Should I Use On FIFA 17?
Before I get into the gameplay we must first begin with the team you are using. In this guide, I will only be talking about the attackers. To start, you must have the right formation. If you’ve got a team that’s new, or you don’t have much experience with, I recommend the 4-4-2 formation. This formation is very balanced and it allows you to find the strengths and weaknesses of your players. After you’ve got a feel for your team, I strongly suggest you either stay with the 4-4-2 or switch to any formation with wingers or wide midfielders. This includes any of the 4-3-3 variants, the 4-3-2-1, any formation with LM/RMs. See the FIFA 17 Formation Guide for a more in-depth analysis of the formations included within FUT. The reason for using formations with wide players is that wingers are extremely effective in this FIFA title, therefore helping you to score more goals and therefore win a larger percentage of your FIFA 17 matches.
What Players to use on FUT 17?
As stated above, in this guide I will only be discussing the attackers. Now there are two ways of approach with any of the 4-3-3s, the 4-3-2-1, or single striker formations with LM/RMs. The first way is having fast attackers with decent shooting stats, or 60+ Physicality stat. Players such as Andre Schurrle, Yannick Carrasco, Kevin Mirallas, and Nani are perfect examples of affordable and effective players to use. I will also add; don’t be afraid to play wingers at striker on 7 chem. I personally use 7 chem Andre Schurrle at striker and he has been extremely effective for me, (77 goals in 74 games).
My next style of play with these formations is in my opinion incredibly effective and will create many chances for you to score and win FIFA 17 matches. This style is best suited to either the 4-3-3 (2) “Defend”, the 4-3-3(4) “Attack”, or the 4-3-3(5) – “False 9”. When it comes to your wingers, choose very fast players with at least 88 pace. Marco Reus, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, and Yevgen Konoplyanka are all best suited to this type of play. With your striker (or CF), pick a strong striker. Pace isn’t necessarily needed with this player. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Olivier Giroud, Lars Stindl, or any striker with a minimum of 75 Physicality are perfect for this position.
How to Play with these Players
One thing I find is that players aren’t patient and rush their attack, which most of the time won’t result in anything positive. Using the first setup I recommended, use your midfielders to hold possession. The longer you hold onto the ball, the more runs and opportunities your team will create. Only pass the way your players are facing. This is fundamental in the game as well as real life. If you try and pass to a player that’s behind you, or off to your side, it will most likely be a poor pass and will often get intercepted. Of course, if you want to pass to a player that’s behind you, turn the player you’re controlling with the ball around. If you see a run being made by one of your attackers, through ball (Triangle on Playstation, Y on Xbox) them with 2.5 – 3 Bars of power. This will be enough power that it will go in front of the player, but not too much so that it will go straight to the oppositions keeper. I will continue with what to do next in the final third a little later in the article, but first I must talk about using the second style.
With this style, again control possession with your midfielders but this time pass the ball to your striker. Using the new shielding mechanic (L2 or Left Trigger), hold off the opposition. Wait for your wingers or wide players to make supporting runs and then through ball them with your striker. If you’re using a two striker formation, try to have a fast striker and a strong striker and do the same thing.
Skill moves in FIFA 17 are slow and have been toned down compared to previous instalments. However, they’re still possible and when used correctly, they can be very effective. The skill moves to use are the Fake Shot, Fake Pass – Drag Back, Drag Back, Stepovers, and Reverse Body Feint. Whenever you see space to exploit, perform any of the above skill moves to fool your opponent.
There are two effective ways of finishing in FIFA 17. The first way to finish is to use the new Driven Shot. Shoot across the keeper by powering the shot bar to roughly 3 bars and then quickly tap the shot button. Whilst you are performing this, aim with the left analog stick across the keeper. The second way to finish in this game is to finesse with your player just outside the box with his stronger foot. To perform this, firstly you must know what his preferred foot is. Press the left analog stick down on the squad screen to find this. To perform the finesse shot, power your player up with the shot button with about 3-3.5 bars. While doing this hold R1 or the Right bumper on Xbox. There’s about a 85-90% chance of it going in. Of course, the better shooting stat a player has, the more likely the shot will convert.
Whilst long shots are still possible in FIFA 17, they do not compete with FIFA 16’s long shots. This is why I believe it is best to try and get into the box to score more goals on FIFA 17, instead of just blasting it from 30 yards.
Have these tips helped you finish in the final thirds? What are your tips? Let us know in the comments below if this has helped you to win FIFA 17 matches.