These two teams played out a 1-1 draw just before this summer's World Cup amid a wave of disappointing results and performances from Stanislav Cherchesov's side ahead of that tournament.
Russia, though, repeatedly defied their detractors this summer to reach the World Cup quarter-finals before their dreams were dashed in a penalty shoot-out by Croatia.
The visitors, then, will have high hopes of recapturing the form that took them to the last eight of the World Cup, but Mircea Lucescu's side will be confident ahead of this clash, for they boast a solid record on home soil.
Indeed, William Hill make Turkey their 13/10 (2.30) favourites to kick off their Nations League campaign with a win, while the same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that it is Cherchesov's charges who come out on top.
The most recent meeting between these nations ended in a draw and, so, William Hill's 11/5 (3.20) quote for a repeat of that outcome may well prove popular with punters ahead of Friday's fixture.
Everton striker Cenk Tosun could lead the line for the hosts, despite being sent off in his most recent international outing against Tunisia; the 27-year-old has five goals in his last seven matches for his country.
Russia will field a number of familiar faces from their World Cup campaign, with Denis Cheryshev likely to play a key role once again after scoring four goals for his country this summer.
Turkey have scored in all but one of their last nine matches on home turf, while there were goals at both ends in five of their last six fixtures.
Similarly, Russia have netted in all but one of their last six matches, but have managed just one clean sheet in their last 13 - against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup.
Russia were spurred on by a vociferous home support during the World Cup, but a trip to Turkey is a tough assignment for Cherchesov's side.
The hosts have been beaten just twice in 18 matches on their own patch and, so, the 13/10 (2.30) quote for Lucescu's men to win Friday's fixture could provide punters with a path to profit here.