Russia 2018 will be Germany’s 19th appearance at a World Cup and they’ll line up as four-time champions. Joachim Low’s side won planet football’s biggest prize in Brazil four years ago and are fancied by bookmakers to defend their crown and seal two-in-a-row.

DFB oozed class during qualification without ever getting out of first gear. A perfect 10-game record – 43 goals scored against just four conceded – had them convincing winners of Group C ahead of Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic.

With domestic seasons working towards a finish across Europe, fans can now turn their attentions towards this summer’s international football betting where they’ll find Germany chalked up at 9/2 with bet365 to complete the double. That price has them as narrow second favourites behind Brazil’s 4/1.

Fancy a bet on the action? There’s no lack of markets offered by major firms designed to give punters an interest from the first kick to the final cheer including outright winner, top goalscorer, match betting and team specials.

Here are three ways to bet on Germany…

Group winners

The defending champions had no trouble booking their spot in Russia and odds compilers think they’ll encounter little drama in getting out of the group stages of the competition and into the knock-out phase where things get serious. Dropped into pool F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea there’s nothing there that’s going to keep Low awake at night.

There’s no more than 1/10 available on Germany to qualify, which takes that bet off the table for average backers, but there’s a handy 1/3 on them progressing as group champions and that can be used in multiples alongside a few other sides to win their divisions. Remember, Germany haven’t dropped a point so far.

Germany v Mexico

The journey begins with a mouth-watering match vs Mexico on Sunday 17th June in game one of Germany’s defence and a convincing victory here would put them in pole position for the gold medal with Mexico thought to be their main danger. The clash will be shown live on BBC from 4.00pm and the 9/20 trading makes Nationalelf convincing favourites to pick-up all three points.

Tight but it’s difficult to argue against with Germany scoring eight goals in their last two meetings with Mexico, winning 4-3 at the Confederations Cup in 2005 and 4-1 in the same competition last summer. Both teams to score and Germany to win makes more appeal with 13/5 up for grabs.

Top goal scorer

If Germany are going to match the efforts of Brazil 2014 and finish on the top-step they’ll need a goal scorer who can fire them to victory in the latter stages when the party atmosphere dies down and nerves begin to creep in. If you have a player in mind, supporting them in the top goalscorer market will see you cheer home every strike.

Traders have Thomas Muller as favourite to score more goals than any of his teammates during play and that bet will stand regardless of how far the side go. The 28-year-old Bayern Munich captain bagged 38 in his first 90 call-ups and was recently on target in a warm-up match vs Spain during a 1-1 draw. With a starting slot in matches likely and the team scoring 43 goals in qualifying, Muller will not be short of chances.