Who's the favorite to win it this year?
I actually don't know. The general rule is that it's always a European side or a South American one, the predicted African revolution never quite happened. I've seen people tipping Brasil and certainly they are the only South American side to have won it when it's not in the Americas - then again Argentina won the Copa America and this is surely Messi's last chance to win it so he's gonna go absolutely all out.
In fact in general there seems to be something in "home" advantage in that European sides have always won it when it's been in Europe except in 1958 when Brasil won in Sweden. When it's in the Americas then the South American sides seem to get something of a boost. However there here have only been two world cups outside of Europe/Americas which were Japans/S.Korea in 2002 which was won by Brasil and South Africa in 2010 which was won by Spain - so that tells us nothing really.
European sides have slowly become more and more dominant which would point towards the European Champions but both Italy and the runners up England look like they have gone backwards since then. On paper Belgium and, particularly, France look like the strongest teams.
I find it's generally quite an open tournament in that even the favourites are normally 7-1 or something so even the team considered most likely to win it is more likely not to win, if that makes sense.
I'd probably tip France just cos they've got really good players. I found these odds from Bet365
World Cup 2022 oddsBrazil are 4/1 favourites with bet365 to win the 2022 World Cup, followed by France at 6/1 and Argentina at 13/2.
Well, I think I've answered that question pretty thoroughly while at the same time not at all.