Giresunspor is one of the main candidates for relegation this season. They have a transfer ban, while many players left the team, after the relegation from the Super League. Exactly five players Kadir Seven, Faruk Can Genc, Erol Can Akdag, Cekdar Orhan, and Savicevic stayed in the team from last season, and from all of them Savicevic is a quality player, but he missed most of the pre-season camp due to injury. They had a lot of luck in the opening round against newly promoted Corum, who had total domination, especially in the 2nd half, but Giresunspor scored two goals with only two shots on target in the whole game. Despite this win, they were defeated by Eyüpspor, Bandırmaspor, and Bodrumspor in the first four rounds. The best player and captain Vukan Savicevic (4/0), returned injured from the national team match of Montenegro and is very unlikely to play. During the national team break, Super League team Samsunspor defeated Giresunspor, by 6-1 in the friendly match.
Manisa is one of the strongest teams of the league, and the main candidate for direct promotion. They opened the season with 3 victories and 1 draw, having a goal difference of 8:1. During the transfer period, some quality players like Brazilian striker Sandro Lima (who already scored 3 goals), Jetmir Topalli, and Daniel Graovac arrived. I think that Manisa is a class above Giresunspor and should continue the good form.