Ireland will take on their familiar foes Wales, as well as Finland and Bulgaria after this evening's 2020 UEFA Nations League draw in Amsterdam.
Stephen Kenny, who is set to take over from Mick McCarthy as Ireland manager after this summer's Euro 2020 finals, will lead the Boys in Green to familiar ground in Cardiff, as well as trips to Helsinki and Sofia.
As yet, it remains unclear whether Ireland's away clash with Bulgaria will be played behind closed doors amid UEFA sanctions over racism during the recent Euro 2020 qualifier against England.
Speaking after the draw, McCarthy said: "That draw was as good as we could have got. If Stephen Kenny was watching back home he will be very happy.
"When I see the Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary group, we could have been in there.
"Wales are the stand-out side and they had a great 2016 European Championships and they're already looking forward to this summer's finals.
"We've played Bulgaria and beaten them recently and that experience will be good for any of my players if they come up against them in the Nations League.
"I don't know a lot about Finland but I'm sure the players will look forward to the playing them in the group.
"The Nations League is a good tournament. I enjoyed the games the first time around and the competitive nature of them - it’s so much better than friendlies."
UEFA Nations League Group B4 fixtures:
Thursday September 3: Bulgaria v Ireland
Sunday September 6: Ireland v Finland
Saturday October 10: Ireland v Wales
Tuesday October 13: Finland v Ireland
Friday November 13: Wales v Ireland
Monday November 16: Ireland v Bulgaria
The full 55-country draw and match dates are below:
Group 1 - Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland
Group 2 - England, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland
Group 3 - Portugal, France, Sweden, Croatia
Group 4 - Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine, Germany
Group 1 - Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland, Romania
Group 2 - Czech Republic, Scotland, Slovakia, Israel
Group 3 - Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary
Group 4 - Wales, Finland, IRELAND, Bulgaria
Group 1 - Montenegro, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group 2 - Georgia, North Macedonia, Estonia, Armenia
Group 3 - Greece, Kosovo, Slovenia, Moldova
Group 4 - Albania, Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhs
Group 1 - Malta, Andorra, Latvia, Faroe Islands
Group 2 - Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, San Marino
2020/21 Nations League calendar
Matchday 1: September 3-5 2020
Matchday 2: September 6-8 2020
Matchday 3: October 8-10 2020
Matchday 4: October 11-13 2020
Matchday 5: November 12-14 2020
Matchday 6: November 15-17 2020
Finals: June 2/3 & 6 2021 (venue tbc)
Relegation play-offs: March 24/25 & 28/29 2022