- Hecking's first game in charge of Foals.
- Frings takes Darmstadt bow.
- Both sides need points to ease relegation fears.
There will be new faces in both dugouts when SV Darmstadt 98 host Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT), with Torsten Frings and Dieter Hecking taking charge of the respective clubs for the first time.
Darmstadt parted ways with Norbert Meier in early December, with Frings appointed in his stead. The former Germany international has never managed a club before (he was assistant to Viktor Skripnik at SV Werder Bremen from 2014 until 2016), and could hardly have been handed a more difficult assignment for his first full-time role: Darmstadt are four points adrift at the bottom of the Bundesliga and have only won twice all season.
Frings' first task will be to get the better of a Gladbach side also under new management: Hecking, relieved of his duties by VfL Wolfsburg in October, was appointed just before Christmas at the club where he began his playing career, with the target to lead the Foals away from the relegation zone. Borussia currently sit 14th, although could climb to 11th this weekend if Hecking picks up three points on his managerial bow and other results go their way.
- Darmstadt stumbled their way into the winter break with eight defeats on the bounce.
- Mönchengladbach have won just one of their last 11 Bundesliga games. It is now Hecking’'s job to improve that.
- The Lilies have failed to score in their last four games, an unwanted club record in the top flight.
- Borussia have just one point from their seven away games this campaign (in Leipzig).
- Darmstadt have won all eight points at home this season.
- Irrespective of the result in Darmstadt, this will be Mönchengladbach’s worst Hinrunde in six years.
- Only Gladbach and FC Bayern München did the double over Darmstadt last season.
- The Foals' 2-0 win at Darmstadt in May was their only away victory in 2016.
- Mönchengladbach's new coach Hecking played for the Fohlenelf in the 1984/85 campaign.