This weekend's international friendlies act as a World Cup tune-up for many. But for Wales and Finland, that's not quite the case.
After both nations missed out on a bid to Brazil this upcoming summer, their sights are now set on building momentum for the upcoming 2016 Euro qualification rounds.
While the friendly has no World Cup implications, there is no shortage of talent and star power between the two, and it's sure to make for an exciting 90 minutes.
Here's a full breakdown of the Wales-Finland friendly.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16
Where: Cardiff City Stadium; Cardiff, Wales
Start Time: 1 p.m. EST/6 p.m. GMT
TV: Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Live Stream: Sky Sports Red Button (subscription)
Top Storyline: Can Bale, Ramsey Build Momentum for Coleman?
It was unclear if Coleman would stay after a woeful World Cup qualifying campaign, but that question has been answered for the foreseeable future.
After moving to Real Madrid from Tottenham, Bale hadn't appeared in a Welsh strip since September, missing the nation's final two World Cup qualifiers.
He'll likely line up alongside Aaron Ramsey to anchor the attacking front for Wales. Ramsey has always shown promise in his career that was never truly fulfilled on the pitch until this season—he leads table-topping Arsenal with six goals in the Premier League.
Should both of these stars display the level of prowess with their national team as they have in club football, there should be no way that Wales misses another World Cup. If they can get Bale and Ramsey playing together as one unit, this team could be near impossible to beat.
If Wales want Coleman's next two years to end up much better than his first two, they need just that from their stars.
Finland have lost two of three—losing by a combined 5-0 to Spain and France—with the lone win coming against Georgia. While Wales are no powerhouse, they boast a player or two at each position who is near-elite.
Motivated by playing at home, and under new-found comfort knowing that Coleman is sticking around, Bale and Wales should pull it together and easily beat this overmatched team.
Wales 3, Finland 0
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