The five-Test series gets underway tomorrow at Trent Bridge.
Despite England's shaky form over the past year, Botham expects Alastair Cook's side to get back to winning ways thanks to home advantage.
"It's got to be an England win for me. India's batting is very strong but it's their bowling department where they are weak," he told Sky Sports News.
"England aren't playing well but I think India's bowlers will struggle and with home advantage England will have the edge."
India were beaten 4-0 the last time that they toured England in 2011.