Adrian Clarke looks at trends from the 2019/20 season.
This campaign, 3-4-3 became one of the most fashionable formations.
In total, 10 different sides tried their luck in a 3-4-3 formation.
Viewed as a positive, attack-minded system, its usage almost doubled from 25 instances in 2018/19 to 48 in 2019/20.
Back in 2015/16, this shape featured in just one Premier League match.
Very much in vogue, 3-4-3 can no longer be considered an unusual tactical shape.
The top six formations
Out of favour
In 2018/19, 4-3-3 was the most-used formation, but it dropped to second in the rankings this term.
Two up top
The popularity of strike partnerships also rose in 2019/20.
Sheffield United remained loyal to the 3-5-2 formation that helped earn them promotion.
Teams using 4-4-2 the most
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A more attacking style earned them 15 Premier League wins apiece.
Between them, they improved their points tallies by a combined 27 points on the previous campaign.
It will be fascinating to see if more clubs use two strikers in 2020/21.