England have promised to come out 'all guns blazing' against Australia but even that may not be enough to prevent a defeat.
An impressive 28-6 win over New Zealand at the KC Stadium last weekend meant England setup a repeat of the 2009 Four Nations Final and Steve McNamara's men will be hoping to put up more of a fight against the Aussies than they did at Elland Road on that occasion, when they lost 16-46.
The standard of refereeing has dominated talk of this year's Four Nations and England were particularly hard done by when these two sides met at Wembley in the group stages. A perfectly good Tom Briscoe try was ruled out and Australian forward Tony Williams was very lucky to escape a card for his high shot on Ben Westwood.
It would be no surprise to see the man in the middle again have a big say in the outcome given who the RFL have controversially, and somewhat bafflingly, chosen to appoint. Darren Lockyer returns for his international swansong and his team-mates will be keen to ensure that the legendary number seven bows out on a winning note. It's very tough to pick holes in Cameron Smith, Jonathon Thurston and Lockyer filling the key positions for Australia and I can see that difference in class in the halves being England's undoing.
England have a point to prove after Wembley and are guaranteed to come out all guns blazing in front of a bumper crowd at Elland Road. They should be able to keep Australia in their sights at half-time and the handicap of plus six looks generous. A return to fitness of Gareth Ellis would also be a timely boost to the home side's chances.