Samoa have named a team featuring plenty of Europe-based star names featuring, although the most significant addition from the side that won the Pacific Nations Cup last week is the return of Tusi Pisi, the team's main playmaker, at fly-half, after flying from New Zealand to join his countrymen.
It will certainly be a very different game from Scotland's previous match against Fiji, with Samoa having selected a huge front five clearly designed to win the set-piece battle to allow them to play an organised and controlled style of game.
"It is going to be a tough game, Samoa have got a lot of strengths, a lot of the European players are back now," said Ford.
"It is a strong team that they are putting out. They are a lot more structured than Fiji, but still have the ability to break defences with their big men and good steppers.
"They will be very physical, so it will be a tough challenge, but it is one that the boys are looking forward to. A win would round the tour off well."
The Samoa team is being rebuilt after the World Cup. Only seven of the the starting side were even in New Zealand, where Samoa matched Scotland's performance by finishing third in their group after two narrow defeats to higher ranked opponents, in their case Wales and South Africa.
Samoa team to face Scotland: F Autagavaia: P Perez, F Otto, P Williams, D Lemi (c); T Pisi, K Fotualii; S Taulafo, T Paulo, C Johnston, F Lemalu, D Crichton, B Masoe, M Faasavalu, K Thompson.
Replacements: W Avei, L Mulipola, I Tekori, A Aiono, J Sua , K Anufe, L Lui.