Finland took top spot in Group C2 in the 2018-19 edition to achieve promotion to Group B, while Wales finished second in their group with Denmark and Ireland in the inaugural Nations League.
Finland recently made history by qualifying for the European Championships for the first time ever, and Markku Kanerva's side have every right to feel optimistic about their fortunes heading into next year's tournament.
Spearheading the Finland attack, Teemu Pukki's 10 goals helped the European first-timers finish second in Group J behind Italy, and Kanerva's men enjoyed six wins from 10 outings to pave the way for a route into the 16th European Championships.
For now, though, Huuhkajat must navigate six fixtures in the second edition of the Nations League, but their 2018-19 run makes for good reading for the Finland faithful ahead of their opening match with Wales.
Kanerva's men topped Group C2 with four wins from six games against Hungary, Greece and Estonia, and Finland kept clean sheets in all four of their victories in the group.
Finland's Nations League outings tended to be low-scoring affairs – they prevailed in three of their victories by a 1-0 scoreline and managed to top the group despite netting just five goals along the way.
Incredibly, Finland have not shared the spoils in a fixture since March 2018, where they played out a goalless stalemate with North Macedonia in a friendly – winning 13 and losing eight since then.
Like their opponents, Wales also have a Euro 2020 campaign to look forward to as Ryan Giggs led them to second place in Group E behind Croatia.
The Dragons ended their qualifying campaign in perfect fashion with 2-0 victories over Azerbaijan and Hungary respectively, and Wales managed to pip Slovakia to the runners-up spot by one point after eight matches.
Wales' 2018-19 Nations League campaign was a mixed bag for Giggs and his players, who triumphed in both of their games with the Republic of Ireland but succumbed to two defeats against Denmark.
However, including their friendly victory over Belarus back in September, Wales have strung together a six-game unbeaten run and promotion to League A will be firmly within their sights ahead of their Nations League opener later this week.
The last game between Finland and Wales ended in a 1-1 stalemate back in a 2013 friendly, and the Dragons have not triumphed over the Nordic nation since 2002.
Finland form (all competitions): WLLWWL
Wales form (all competitions): WWDDWW
Finland will have to make do without centre-back Paulus Arajuuri after the 32-year-old picked up an injury in training.
Daniel O'Shaughnessy has been named in the squad having chosen to represent Finland over Ireland, and the defender will be vying to get some minutes on the board when Finland face off against the Boys in Green three days after their clash with Wales.
Finland possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Granlund, L. Vaisanen, S. Vaisanen, Uronen; Jensen, Kamara, Sparv, Soiri; Pukki, Pohjanpalo
Wales possible starting lineup:
Hennessey; Williams, Lockyer, Ampadu, Davies; Morrell, Vaulks; Bale, Wilson, James; Robson-Kanu
We say: Finland 1-1 Wales
This clash has all the makings of a closely-fought battle between two sides who have only been heading in one direction recently. Finland's defensive resilience is well-documented, but Wales have a plethora of talented attacking stars in their ranks, and we think that a draw is the most probable outcome at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.