Last weekend, Dundee and Dundee United were beaten in Championship action, which should be a surprise to absolutely no one.

The Dee were beaten by Partick Thistle at Dens Park whilst United were smashed 4-0 at Palmerston by Queen of the South.

United were beaten at Palmerston. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

On a weekend where joint-leaders Ayr dropped points and part-time Alloa pegged back Inverness away from home, expect the unexpected is the reoccurring theme from this year’s Championship.

Dundee and Dundee United can’t storm to the title

James McPake’s side are still adjusting to life in the second tier following their relegation from the Premiership. As a result, they sit six points off their Tayside rivals and joint-Championship leaders in fifth.

United on the other hand were blowing teams away early on this season, losing just one of their opening seven matches and scoring 22 goals in the process. Defeats to Alloa and Queen of the South have brought them back to earth with a thud though.

United have been handed a reality check. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With teams operating on miniscule budgets in the Championship, some can fall victim of underestimating teams like Ayr, Arbroath and Alloa for example. As the two Dundee teams have proven, there are no easy games in this division.

The whole league table is split by ten points, meaning pretty much anyone can still finish anywhere this term. It’s the lowest margin between top and bottom in any of the UK’s professional leagues.

Talk of teams storming to the title and the play-offs was premature. The way things look just now, everyone will be neck and neck as teams continue to take points off each other.

McPake has work to do at Dens. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Dundee and Dundee United are no exceptions to this and there will be further bumps in the road waiting for them in this turbulent Championship season.

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