Tactis Tuesday: Fulham’s Mystery Formation

We hope today’s Tactics Tuesday will be a unique experience. We’re going to give you a series of stats from Fulham’s recent match with Manchester City and then we want you to guess the formation they used.

Below you’ll find passing chalkboards for Fulham’s 10 field players. They were (in alphabetical order) Chris Baird, Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Damien Duff, Dickson Etuhu, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Andy Johnson, Danny Murphy, and Carlos Salcido.

After you browse through the chalkboards (categorized under attack, midfield, and defense), publish your guess in the comments. You’ll get bonus points for listing roles of individual players – holding midfielder, false-nine, etc.

Tomorrow we’ll post a full analysis of the formation, along with some USMNT implications.

If you’re a little confused, here’s an example of what we want your comment to look like:

Formation: 3-5-2

Dempsey Hughes

Duff Hangeland Murphy Salcido Johnson

Baird Etuhu Dembele

Roles: Dempsey – withdrawn forward; Murphy – holding midfielder

Clear as mud?

Here are the chalkboards.


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Ok, gringos, you’ve seen the stats. What formation did Fulham use? Come back tomorrow to check your answer.

3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stephen says:



    Almost identical to Real Madrid. Johnson (Higuain) plays a target striker. Dempsey (Ronaldo) and Duff (Di Maria)playing on the wing. Dembele (Ozil) attacking mid. Etuhu (Khedira) and Murphy (Alonso) holding mids, with Murphy with a much larger role in distribution. Salcido (Marcelo) and Baird (Ramos) are used as attacking backs, while Hangeland (Pepe) and Hughes (Carvalho) are center backs

  2. Bradley's Receding Hairline says:

    4-4-2 with a withdrawn forward (Dembele)and an inverted winger (Dempsey)

    Dembele Johnson
    Dempsey Etuhu Murphy Duff
    Salcido Hangeland Hughes Baird

    But I think Stephen’s 4-2-3-1 might be more correct.

  3. Gringo Primal says:


    Dempsey Etuhu Murphy Duff
    Salcido Hangeland Hughes Baird

    I think the only thing I have to add is that Dempsey is coming inside way more than Duff.

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