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Best Football Manager 2020 Tactic Patch 20.4: Knap’s BEOWULF 4-4-2

Welcome to our best Football Manager 2020 Tactic for patch 20.4, labelled an FM20 lower league tactic Knap’s BEOWULF also works in the Premier League. Originally posted on the SIGames Forum, its a flat 4-4-2 featuring attacking, high pressing Football. Built on a high line of engagement and high defensive line BEOWULF creates beautiful Football and is my go to tactic at every level.

This post is coupled with a Youtube video explaining how to use Knap’s best FM20 tactic from player roles, to tweaks and even some gameplay but for those who prefer our written reviews, keep scrolling.

Best Football Manager 2020 Tactic – Video

Best FM20 Tactic patch 20.4 – Formation

A simple system with two Advanced Forwards stretching the pitch, a pair of wingers who can either hug the line or cut inside (yes inverted wingers will work) and central midfielders to link up play.

This is an attacking, pressing system and can leave you exposed so two inverted wing backs are used to sit narrow and try to solidify the defence.

Please note, this system does require small tweaks for big games and certain scenarios. That is all explained in the video and this post further down, keep reading.

Best FM20 tactic patch 20.4 formation

Best FM20 Tactic patch 20.4 – Instructions

We use a slightly more dirct style of play, this helps find those searching passes over the top and works a treat against attacking teams who like a possession based game. Higher tempo compliments this and fiarly wide width with the overlap on helps get those wingers involved.

Best FM20 tactic patch 20.4 in possession instructions

The counter and counter-press work well but nothing out of the norm here.

Best FM20 tactic patch 20.4 in transition instructions

That very high line of engagement can be seen in the match engine but these instructions are standard. The player instructions and roles are where the magic happens. There are times you may need to knock off ‘get stuck in’. Namely against the very top teams away from home but also other away games you feel maybe in the balance as red cards can be an issue.

Best Football Manager 2020 Tactic patch 20.4 – Player Roles

I have listed each player role below, followed by a description of the ideal player. This tactic does use custom set pieces which I will not upload. You really do need to download this tactic for it to work to its best.

GK – sweeper keeper (defend) – Due to the amount of one on ones in this years game I’d look at attributes in this area for any keeper.

DC’s – ball playing defender (defend) – I look for a towering presence, someone who is not a calamity on the ball (they will give away possession) and speed can be helpful.

DR/DL – inverted wing backs (support) – Fast, forward thinking wing backs will do very well in this system and passing ability should not be overlooked

MCR – box to box midfielder (support) – The engine room this MC will trace play effecting your defence and offence. Find all rounders with good physical attributes but more technical if you can. Passing is very important and the box to box midfielder can score from range so long shots would help.

MCL – deep lying playmaker (support) – The maestro, your Iniesta. The deep lying playmaker can go unnoticed unless a poor selection, they make passes you rarely see until misplaced. Obviously a great passer is important but good all round mental ability and technique are vital.

MR/ML – winger (attack) – I chose to use a right footed winger from the left with Scarborough and it worked a treat scoring goals galore. You should not change the role when doing this and any player preferring the opposite foot to his wing must be a class act for the level you play. Otherwise use standard wingers to cross the ball. Speed and skill are a must plus crossing and if cutting inside long shots will make a big difference.

ST’s – advanced forward (attack) – The main goal threat good finishers are a must but speed is even more important. If you can find an all round striker with good aerial ability, great, but don’t let this sacrifice speed and finishing.

When to tweak

Knap’s BEOWULF is a great base system and can be used for most matches but there are times you should look to tweak. Below is a tweaked download for big away games and other small changes you can make when needed.

  • When away from home in even affair take ‘get stuck in’ instruction off if you are seeing too many yellow cards. Ensure get stuck in is off for all ‘player instructions’ also.
  • If away from home against very big opposition (I’m talking United, Barcelona and Man City etc) use my cautious version (download here.) The changes are deeper defensive line, get stuck in off, cautious mentality and narrow attacking width. Credit to RDF for the idea here.
  • If holding a slender lead and worried about conceding, try cautious mentality with instructions ‘regroup’ and ‘hold position’.
  • In game, tell every player with a yellow to ‘ease off tackles’. Not doing so could lead to a second booking.

Best Football Manager 2020 Tactic Results

Simply amazing results, this was York Cities second season in the Premier League and while we have good players they’re all 22 or under and predicted to finish 7th.

We won the quadruple this season beating Man Utd in the Champions League final and FA Cup 5th round before Liverpool and Man City in the following rounds.

For those wondering about the lower leagues, we set a new record in the seventh tier of English Football while lifting the FA Trophy beating four National League sides…the National League is two divisions higher than tier seven.


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Best FM20 Tactic: Top Tips

  • Take notice of the ‘when to tweak’ instructions already mentioned.
  • If using right footed ML or left footed MR they must be high class for your level and capable of shooting from range.
  • Be wary of slow defenders and don’t buy DC’s with terrible passing and technique.
  • As with any tactic it needs loading at the start of pre-season and avoid signing a whole new team unless you are experienced doing so.
  • Read this guide for training schedules which will help create chances.
  • You must get fast forwards who can finish, attacking wing backs and fast, technical wingers.
  • Be aware you need a decent size squad. Two players per position to allow for injuries and bans if you are in Europe.
  • You MUST download this tactic, do not try and copy it. There are many individual player instructions and set pieces are vital.
  • Finally ensure you use my cautious version (download here) against the very big teams away from home.

Best FM20 Tactic: Download

If you would like to give the tactic a try, follow the instructions below:

FM 2020 Download

Download default attacking version here – Use as default for most games

Download cautious version here – Use when playing very top teams away

1. Click the download link above and download the file.

2. For Windows put the downloaded file in this folder: Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/tactics. If the “tactics” folder doesn’t exist you will have to create it. Windows users skip to step 2, Mac users read below.

Mac users put file in this folder: Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/tactics. To access your files on Mac open ‘Finder’, click ‘Go’ from the menubar, press and hold the ‘alt’ key to show ‘library’ in your menu, while still holding ‘alt’ click it, then go to ‘Application Support’ > ‘Sports Interactive’ > ‘Football Manager 2020’

3. Now load the game as normal and enter the tactics screen.

4. In the tactics screen, click the tactic you currently have loaded then select ‘load’ from the drop-down menu

5. Select the tactic and click load.

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Andy
Andy
6 months ago

Hello! Thanks for the great tactic. I have two questions as a FM-Newbie:

1.
Quote:
“When away from home in even affair take ‘get stuck in’ instruction off. Ensure get stuck in is off for all ‘player instructions’ also.”

Sorry, but I don’t understand this with my bad english. Do I have to disable the setting “get stuck in” for every away match?

2.
When you’re using the attacking version of this tactic (not the cautios version), Do you change the mentality (defense, control, balance, attacking etc.) dynamically depending on the situation during the match OR do you play the whole game with the mentality “Attacking” (Except for a high lead in the last minutes = Cautious)?

Thank you and best regards,
Andy

Oliver
Oliver
6 months ago

Great post. Having a lot of fun with this. Taken Chesterfield from National League to top of the Championship in 4 years. Very consistent system.

The only (major) issue I seem to have with it is when I’m chasing a game. If I go a goal down or I’m drawing in the second half, it seems almost impossible to get a goal back, never mind win. Teams will just sit back and soak up the pressure. It’s almost a given that I’ll get nothing out of the game if that happens.

Any suggestions?

MrJon
MrJon
6 months ago

Hi Darren,

Thanks for this guide. I’m an old school CM player and back to FM2020 after quite a time off. I must say that the game definitely seems harder, or perhaps I just had more time back then?

A bit of background on where I’m at: I started a new game as manager of Plymouth Argyle. I got off to a poor start and was warned by the board that results must improve. I tinkered with the tactics and landed on 4-1-2-2-1 or 4-3-2-1 (control possession and high pressing) which won us 10 games in a row and pushed us into the play-offs.However the season ended relatively poorly, opposition seemed to figure us out, and many draws or narrow victories followed. I missed out on 3rd place by 1 point and then lost to Walsall in the playoffs.

At the end of the season I found this guide and followed instructions. Pre season went well- won all games by a huge margin other than Spurs who beat me 0-1 (I also had a goal disallowed). I’m 3 games into the new season and top of the league with 3 wins from 3.At this point I have a few minor questions which are bugging me!

1)Do you ever listen to your assistant and make minor,tactical changes during the match (other than changes that you have mentioned)

2.)Your wing backs and wingers: Is it important that left footed players are playing on the right and vice versa or does this just depend on what you can muster? Would you make signing these type of players a priority?

3>) I’m having trouble fielding x2 AF’s. I have a TM as back up. He is slow but very finisher (got me 22 goals last season). would you make him play as an AF or keep as a TM? (until I can afford to buy a better AF).

Thanks again for your guide and any comments you can make.

Cheers

Kai
Kai
6 months ago

if i find that a team comes up with a defensive/possession based tactic what should I do to brace for that?

Rafito
Rafito
6 months ago

Hey! Do you combine this tactic with that training schedules you posted here also?

MrJon
MrJon
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Is this why some of my Plymouth players are unhappy with training? they say that they feel they need more quickness or strength training (about 4-5 players)

Lee
Lee
5 months ago

The inverted wing backs, would you recommend using left footed RB an a right footed LB, or training fullbacks to play on the opposite flank etc. As inverted wingbacks they cut inside?

Lee
Lee
5 months ago

Had a full season with this tactic, with the training as well, just could not get the results like in your screenshots, came 8th in the league after coming between 6th-8th every season anyway so no improvement. Do you need a world class team for this to work? Does every player need to be fully comfortable (full green circle) in every role? I will stick with it as I did score a lot of goals so hopefully works out for me this season! Cheers

lfcfan1892
lfcfan1892
5 months ago

Hi mate, thanks for the tactic, started off very well. When I use a tactic I seem to find that after about a season or so it starts to not work as well as it did at the start were I eventually have to abandon it and look for a new tactic. How long would you say that this tactic would be able to work for? I’ve only used it for a few games so far. Thank you

Mr Pindol
Mr Pindol
4 months ago

This tactic is almost like a cheat. I won back-to-back promotions in my first two seasons with Ebro with no transfer budget and only a couple of worthy loans. Before that I won Bundesliga with Karlsruhe in 2023/24. This tactic is brilliant but be warned – the game will no longer be a challenge once you start using it.

Jarek
Jarek
4 months ago

Hi Darren,

Currently I’m playing my first season Leeds United in Championship. I’m on the first place but loosing a lot of goals for example a have 112-51 when second place have
82-41 .
Second question what is the best attributes for BPD and AF

Thanks mate and good work :D

Peanuth O'Toole
Peanuth O'Toole
3 months ago

Thanks for this wonderful tactic. It has restored my faith in FM somewhat. Seems it’s become less RNG than I experienced.

Still feels like cheating though: all I needed was some players and my lower league club sky rocketed with this tactic.

James
James
3 months ago

Downloaded and started using this recently, works really well. Thanks for putting in on.

Max
Max
3 months ago

Started using this with my altrincham side in confence north, worked wonders for less than half a season and now, even though my team got better in terms of players and morale is sky high, the games have reverted do classic fm where i miss 25 clear cut chances and the oppositon score 3 out of 3 attempts… my 14 finishing striker cannot score a single one on one situation, he always passes it to the keeper, so frustrating! I feel like I will never escape this “unfair” aspect of FM

Max
Max
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Thanks for the tips! I have since had better fortune, made a few changes to the squad which seemed to yield better results

urugwaj
urugwaj
3 months ago

Hi, I don’t get it why you advice using your cautious version of this tactic away home. I am winnig everything with the original tactic but when i use cautious version it’s like suicide match. Mostly I am loosing or almost loosing.

urugwaj
urugwaj
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Thx, generally great tactic and great work ;)

Bighodge
Bighodge
3 months ago

Hi this is the best tactic I have used on FM for years, I am currently doing a AFC Telford save I’ve taken them from the Conference North to the Premier League in 5 seasons without spending a penny, definitely having the right players for the right roles helps massively, aswell as having pace in the squad I always try to sign players with at least 10 rating on Decisions and Determination, I’ve tried to keep a settled squad and players start to build up partnerships, with this tactic you don’t have to have the best players in the league and a few loan signings help in the lower leagues I always get the max 5.

Keep up the good work

Johnny
Johnny
3 months ago

Hi,any opposition instructions? I like the style of this tactic and all the details, training schedule is amazing also. :)

Big playa
Big playa
1 month ago

Great tactic. Im having good results so far. A lot more goals and chance creating.

I let the assistant manager give the opposition instructions. Should I disable?

And what ppm’s should I apply to players? Asking especialy for the midfielders

I do these:
Gk. dont use weaker foot

Lb and rb. run with ball at the respective side, go up when possible, knocks ball past oponent

Cb. Mark opponent tightly

Wingers. Run with the ball on the respective side, go forward when possible, if they got 15+ crossing hug the line.

Strikers. If they are strong shoot with power, if they are technical place shots ( if they are both, I choose power)

Midfilders. Dictate tempo, Killer balls

This are the ppm’s I normally use. Wich ones should I stop and wich ones should I continue or start using. Thanks

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