The FAW appeared to be getting cold feet about continuing with Coleman following a set of largely disappointing results during 2014 World Cup qualifying, although the Dragons finished off proceedings with a 1-0 win against Macedonia before claiming a point away to table-topping Belgium.
This is a chance for Coleman to demonstrate that Wales are continuing in the right direction under his guidance, with William Hill bookies offering a best price 13/10 that they beat a Finnish side who finished third behind Spain and France in their World Cup qualifying group.
The Finns pulled off an excellent result earlier this year when drawing 1-1 against the Spanish in Gijon and have probably been underestimated by the layers based on a recent 1-0 win in Georgia which suggests that they are defensively strong.
BetVictor go 5/2 about the visitors who have Teemu Tainio as captain, with the midfielder having featured for Tottenham and Sunderland during his career and now playing his trade at HJK Helsinki.
Even so, whether Finland will be able to cope with the explosive Gareth Bale is another matter, with the world’s most expensive football player returning to the Welsh squad following an injury which prevented him from lining up in the final two qualifiers.
Bale is a 4/1 chance with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock and the former Spurs man has been among the goals for Real Madrid recently, having scored twice in a 7-3 demolition of Seville, while he also found the net away to Juventus in the Champions League.
It will be an opportunity for Bale to link up with the equally impressive Aaron Ramsey, even if Craig Bellamy has hung up his international boots, with the Arsenal midfielder available at 9/1 to break the deadlock.
Captain Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Joe Allen and Joe Ledley also return following injury and we should see a spirited performance from a talented young group of players who will be determined to fulfil their potential and reach Euro 2016, especially as the number of teams will be enlarged to 24.
Odds of 10/1 are available that the Welsh claim a 2-1 win on Saturday, while a 3-1 win can be backed at 22/1 and that man Bale has the potential to score goals and win games on his own. He’s a 40/1 chance to score a first international hat-trick in a Wales shirt.
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