On the whole, no points by this stage of the season brings about relegation. Dundee will be hoping they can buck the trend – and they do have some form for it.
Try to recall horrific starts in the top flight for clubs – St Mirren in 2014, Livingston in 2005, Hamilton 1989, Dumbarton 1984 and Morton 1987 – and they all end in the same horror show of the drop.
In 2014, the Buddies had to wait till their sixth game before picking up points, ending in bottom spot with 30 points. Post-administration Livingston took a massive 15 games to get a victory in 2005 with just one point from their first seven.
You get the idea.
For the Dark Blues, though, there is a small chink of sunshine, a ray of hope for the most optimistic fans to cling on to despite having no points from the first six games.
The ‘12th team’ season was a poor one, of course, with plenty of reasons behind a dreadful start.
A side built to get promotion from the First Division was suddenly parachuted into the top flight as Rangers were booted out.
And Barry Smith’s side struggled badly. However, by this point, even they had four points from their first six games.
Overall, though, nine losses in 11 games was a recipe for disaster and ended with relegation in bottom spot with 30 points.
Head back to 1993 and Simon Stainrod’s final few games in charge tell a similar story to Dundee’s current predicament.
No wins to their name, two draws however, led to Stainrod being moved from a manager role to director of football with his No 2 Jim Duffy taking over.
They eventually beat Hearts on October 2, 1993, with goals from Garry Paterson and Dragutin Ristic.
In the first of his three spells as gaffer at Dens, Duffy as player-manager couldn’t keep the Dark Blues from finishing in bottom spot – a side that eventually included a very young Neil McCann.
However, head back to the early 80s and a spell where Dundee were perennially bad starters to seasons.
Starting in 1980/81, Donald Mackay’s Dark Blues certainly weren’t early risers.
In the First Division, that season saw no wins in the opening seven matches with two 0-0 draws at least putting something on the board.
Remarkably, they didn’t manage to score a single goal in the league until the fifth game.
Brian Scrimgeour broke that duck in a 2-1 defeat at Hibs before they finally managed a victory at the eighth time of asking.
That saw Eric Sinclair grab two along with goals from John Fletcher and Peter Mackie in a 4-0 success over Falkirk.
Fast forward to the end of the campaign and that sluggish start didn’t hurt too much as Mackay’s men won promotion to the top flight, finishing second to Hibs, scoring 64 goals on the way.
Two campaigns later and it was a similar story to today.
The Dark Blues were yet to pick up a victory in the Premier Division by October 1 in 1983/84.
At that time, there had only been five league games by that point with a League Cup group stage taking up the early fixtures.
Only a 0-0 draw with St Mirren gave them anything before two own goals from Motherwell got them up and running.
Eventually, Mackay’s reign came to an end in December of that year.
In his place came Archie Knox to keep them in the division, finishing four points ahead of St Johnstone.
Signings like John Brown and Robert Connor saw Knox transform the Dark Blues into a solid mid-table outfit before Jocky Scott took over for the first time in 1986 and continued that.
Dundee have history of getting themselves out of bad starts – whether they stick like they did with Mackay or twist with someone like Knox, they have previous.